The Parent Engagement Network supports the College in providing a just and inclusive educational environment, fostering excellence through innovation and opening minds through learning experiences.

The group offers parents, guardians and friends an inclusive and engaging environment to gather and be informed, whilst contributing to the education of our sons. The group also supports and plans activities in line with strategic priorities, College values and student wellbeing.

  • To support and assist the College in providing a Catholic secondary education for its students.
  • To foster the engagement of the parents, guardians and friends through their association with the College.
  • To provide the opportunity for parents, guardians and friends to support and contribute to the development of College Policy and future planning.
  • To conduct inclusive forums for the St Bernard’s Community to freely discuss issues affecting education, college activities and student well-being, in accordance with strategic priorities and college values.
  • To support the College in engaging the St Bernard’s community through the promotion of and participation in College functions.

The Group fulfils its purpose and achieves its objectives by undertaking a number of key activities, which include;

  • Organising guests to speak on issues affecting education, student well-being and inform about college activities,
  • As a representative group, provide feedback to the College on the Strategic Plan and Policies within the school. The Group may also be consulted on other matters the College deems relevant as they arise.

The Parents Engagement Network meets regularly throughout the year. Meetings commence at 7.00 pm and run for not more than 90 minutes. The Group does not formally meet in January or December or in any school holiday periods.

There are four elected positions, which are finalised at the AGM each year. The four positions are;

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Advisory Forum Representative
  • Secretary

Elected positions are spilled each year, with maximum terms of 2 concurrent years for each position. Members who have been actively involved in the Group are entitled to provide an absentee vote if unable to attend the AGM.

All parents and friends of students at the College are invited to the Parent Engagement Network meetings held in the Peter Hogan Board Room at 7.00pm on the dates shown below. Topics of interest to the parent body are discussed, issues are invited from those present, a report on behalf of the College is given by David Formosa, Director of Development, and planning for future events occurs.

2022 Meeting Dates
  • 07 February
  • 07 March
  • 23 May
  • 20 June
  • 18 July
  • 08 August
  • 05 September
  • 10 October
  • 07 November (AGM)
2022 Committee Members

President: Janelle Williams-Hurley

Vice President: Marianne Ciavarella

Secretary: Greg Catterall

Advisory Forum Representative: Annmaree Carmichael

Development Manager (College Representative): David Formosa

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