St John’s Regional College is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS), where formation and education are based on the principles of Catholic doctrine, and where the teachers are outstanding in true doctrine and uprightness of life.  

Purpose of the School Advisory Council 

The Board of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) has responsibility for the strategic direction and oversight of the operation and management of MACS schools, including St John’s Regional College. Clear lines of authority, reporting and delegation from the MACS Board through the MACS Executive Director delegate the day to day operational management of St John’s Regional College to its principal. 

In keeping with the objects of the MACS Constitution, which states “The good work of educating the young, undertaken in the light of the Gospel, is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community”, the School Advisory Council provides a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. While the School Advisory Council does not have governance responsibility or decision-making authority, it supports the principal and school leadership and provides an important connection to the parish. 

It is not a governing body but its role is to support the overall governance of the system as it “is to give consideration to, and advice on, important school matters in order to support the principal and the strategic interest of the school.” (Working Together in Mission p.11) 

Revised Terms of Reference for St John Regional College School Advisory Council

Association of Canonical Administrators

In secondary Regional Colleges, where a group of Parish Priests has taken responsibility for a College to serve the needs of secondary aged students in their parishes, they underwrite the financial responsibility of the College in return for which the students from their parishes have priority rights to enrolment in the College. The Parish Priests of the member parishes of the regions are formally constituted as an Association of Canonical Administrators by the Archbishop with an appropriate statute. The Association acts as a juridical person (according to Canon Law) within that statute.

The Canonical Administrators are the Parish Priests of the Member Parishes acting as a juridical person, as defined in Canon Law (Canons 113–123).

The Member Parishes are those Catholic parishes, within the Archdiocese of Melbourne, which have formed the regional College and have agreed to underwrite the financial responsibility of the College.

The Association is established by the Archbishop of Melbourne by individual statute. The member parishes are named in the statute.

School Governance (Democratic Principles)

The Current Association of Canonical Administrators is made up of:

St Mary’s Parish Dandenong   Fr Brendan Lane PP
St Paul Apostle Parish Endeavour Hills Fr Brendan Connell CP
St Anthony’s Parish Noble Park Fr Martin Jeramias AP
Holy Family Parish Doveton Fr Michael Payyapilly PP
St Kevin’s Parish Hampton Park Fr Desmond Moloney PP