Director of Business Operations

Over the next year, we will continue to progress towards our goal of being an endorsed employer of choice and an exemplary professional learning organisation. 

In today’s ‘corporate’ climate, the issue of governance is a hot topic and one which every school has to consider in the context of its own unique environment. Loreto Normanhurst is a company limited by guarantee and a not-for-profit organisation.  Like most companies, it has a number of regulatory and compliance requirements to meet.  This ranges from the annual statutory audit in line with the requirements of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission through to reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

At this time of year, there is a heavy focus on regulatory reporting and the last milestone is the Commonwealth Government and NSW Board of Studies requirement to publish an annual school report.  This is one of the conditions of recurrent funding from the Commonwealth Government under the Australian Education Act 2013 and the Australian Education Regulation 2013.  Each year Loreto Normanhurst, like all independent schools, is required to publish the report on the school’s website by 30 June.   The purpose of the school annual report is to inform parents and the wider school community of the school’s successes, activities and achievements throughout the year, and to meet Commonwealth and State legislative requirements. I include here a link to our 2014 Annual Report and encourage you to view it, if you have not yet had an opportunity to do so.

Key themes commented on in the Annual Report are the high standard of professional learning for our staff and the workforce composition.  Key to the success of student learning at Loreto Normanhurst is the shared belief that people are at the centre of any successful organisation and that in order to achieve excellence, there needs to be a strong focus on the growth and development of staff.  

At Loreto Normanhurst we have around 200 employees and at times are supported by up to 50 casual staff, mainly in Sports.  With all our staff we encourage and promote life-long learning and throughout the year themed staff days are held to foster this.  During staff days, our people take time to reflect on their actions and perspectives, and celebrate when personal or shared goals are reached.  As a school, we believe that lifelong learners are renewing and growing and project a positive approach in everything they do.

We aim to be an employer of choice via the quality and diversity of opportunities, environment and experiences we provide for our staff.  Over the next year, we will continue to progress towards our goal of being an endorsed employer of choice and an exemplary professional learning organisation.  Our focus on staff is a key factor for the School’s success, as research shows this has the greatest impact on student outcomes.

 

Ms Jacquie McCann

Director of Business Operations