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This Yearbook marks another 12 months of celebrated
success at Scotch Oakburn College and has particular meaning
to our Year 12 students who are finishing their time with us
having sat their final exams. They have given the College so
much to be proud of and I wish them great success as they
move to the next phase of their lives.
It has been a challenging and exciting year at the College.
Our Principal, Mr Andy Müller, has settled extremely well into
his role and I thank him for his strong leadership and vision
throughout the year. We welcomed Mrs Kate Croft as Deputy
Principal and Head of Senior School in March. Kate has ably
stepped up to this new role, showing strong leadership and
providing great support to our Principal. They have led a great
deal of work this year in sta development, appraisal and
support, which has enhanced the teaching and learning in our
College. I take this opportunity to also thank all the College
sta members for their wonderful work throughout the year.
It is the individual commitment of each member of sta which
makes our Scotch Oakburn such a special place.
Although the economy has seen little real recovery in terms
of employment in Launceston, it is encouraging to see that our
College has not su ered financially as a result of the downturn.
We are always mindful of the impact that such a downturn
can have on members of our school community when making
significant financial decisions.
The College Board has had a busy year, with some positive
changes occurring. I am pleased to advise, that in line with
current corporate governance practices, we have moved to a
totally skills-based Board. By this I mean that every member
of the Board is chosen for their skill set as opposed to being a
representative from another entity. This ensures that we have
the very best level of membership, with each member being
chosen for the professional skills they bring to the Board. It is
the role of the Board to govern, to make the strategic decisions
necessary to ensure that the College is managed well and
continues to grow and flourish. Dr Chris Jones, an expert in
corporate governance in not-for profit-organisations, presented
to the Board at our annual retreat this year. His assessment
of our Board governance policies and procedures was very
positive indeed, indicating that we are definitely on the right
track! We learnt a great deal from his presentation, highlighting
the need for us all to continue to be "lifelong learners"!
The Board farewelled two long-term members during
the year. Rod Fraser has been involved with the Board since
1999, when he was appointed to the Finance Committee
and joined the Board as representative and President of
the Old Collegians Association. He was Chairperson of the
Strategic Planning Committee in 2003, a member of the
Constitution Review Committee in 2005 and Chairperson
of the newly-formed Risk Management Committee in 2007.
Rod was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Governance,
Nominating Committee and Senior Salary Review Committee
in June 2009. He retired from his position as Chair in May 2012,
but continued as a member of the Board until May of this year,
after giving more than 15 years of service to the governance
of the College. I thank Rod for his service, commitment and
dedication to our College. Allan Thompson joined the Board in
December 2003, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of
the Uniting Church, in his role as Associate General Secretary
of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. He was also a member
of the Constitution Review Committee in 2005, and was
appointed as Chair of the Risk Management Committee in May
2009. Alan was a member of the Board sub-committee which
organised the selection process for the new Principal in 2012,
the Board's most important role. Allan resigned as Chair of the
Risk Management Committee and from the Board in May, 2014.
I thank Allan for his great contribution to the College and his
wise counsel to the Board over the past 11 years.
We also farewelled Ian Chesterman from the Board this
year. Ian was the President of the College Foundation and
their representative on the Board, until taking up the position
of Director of Development and Community Relations at
the College in August. We were sorry to lose Ian's expertise
and lively commentary at our meetings, but look forward to
working with him in his new role.
It is significant to note that after 24 years at our College, Mr
Richard Price, Business Manager and Secretary to the Board of
Governance, resigned from those roles e ectively in November
of this year. Richard has been a tireless Manager, putting in
countless extra hours of his time to ensure the smooth running
of the business of our school. During that time Richard has
worked with three Principals and six Board Chairpersons and
been involved with many members of the school community
through the many Board Committees of which he has been a
member. I thank Richard for his enormous contribution to the
College. Richard will be staying on at the College for a further
period to complete a number of strategic projects and issues of
which he has been extensively involved. We wish him well with
these projects and then on into his retirement in the future.
I take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who
assist with the running of the College, through the formal
channels of the Board and its Committees, the P & F functions
and activities, the tuckshop and the sporting and vast array of
co-curricular activities undertaken by our students. Thank you
for your commitment to our College and most importantly to
our students, who benefit from your contributions. The College
would not function without you.
Chairperson, Board of Governance Scotch Oakburn College
BOARD OF GOVERNANCE
Board of Governance members Calton Frame, Geo Duggan, Andy Gray, Kate Croft, Sally Darke, Andy Müller, Christine Arnott,
Simon Foster, Judy Terry, Andrew Seen and Fred Lester. Absent: Lou Clark, Carol Bennett
Chairperson Christine Arnott and Principal
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