Everyone in the Catholic school community, teachers, students and families, are responsible for achieving the educational aims of the school – each with something essential and unique to offer and always in the Gospel spirit of respect and love.

A school that reflects this spirit of co-responsibility and partnership continually asks the question: what is it that we can achieve together that we cannot achieve as individuals? School advisory bodies are an expression of the belief that we are better together.

Although the structure, specific roles and organization of a school advisory body will and should differ to align with the individual needs of a local school community, the research is consistent with respect to the types of practices that ensure groups working together are effective in their work.  

Effective Catholic school advisory bodies, while always being faithful to God's Mission and Catholic education as a ministry of the church, foster and support a community culture of Engagement, Learning, Knowing and Responsiveness to ensure educational equity and quality faith-filled learning environments for all young people. 

The following section describes the key characteristics of the following core practice (Catholic, Engaging, Learning, Knowing and Responding) and provides some examples or indicators of effective practice.

Effective Catholic School Advisory Bodies foster and support a community culture of Engagement, Learning, Knowledge and Responsiveness always underpinned by our Catholic identity and mission.