Maranatha Christian School is a parent-controlled school governed by The Association for Christian Education of Dandenong. It is a public company, limited by guarantee, and subject to regulation by the Australian Securities Commission and the Corporations Law. Being a Christian Parent Controlled School, Maranatha is not governed by any one church or denomination.
The term Parent-Controlled indicates that the responsibility, and hence the final authority, for children's education lies with the parents. At Maranatha Christian School the authority that parents have is exercised through the elected Board of Directors which is legally responsible for the governance of the school. The Board of Directors therefore is essentially a group of MCS parents (although anyone who is an Association Member may be elected as a director). The school is affiliated with Christian Education National (CEN).
An Association Membership levy is paid by all parents (and staff) with children attending the School. Membership is also open to past students and others who are committed to Christian Parent-Controlled education.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
Every year, each parent is charged an Association levy to support the work of the Association. The levy is included in the calculation of monies due to the school invoiced at the beginning of the year. All parents are able to attend and speak at meetings but do not have voting rights and are not eligible to be considered for Board appointment.
Association Membership is open to parents, staff and others who can demonstrate a commitment to Christ, to the school and to Christ-centred education. Members have voting rights and are eligible to be considered for Board appointment (unless staff).
There is an annual membership fee in addition to the Association levy.
The Board comprises of Association Members who are elected for three year terms, for a maximum of three terms. The Board concerns itself primarily with strategic matters and delegates to the Principal and senior leadership the day to day responsibility of leading the school. The Board is always searching for new directors to ensure it has appropriate skills and talents to be good stewards of all God has given us, and to make good decisions for the future of the School. Parents are asked to pray regularly for the Board. The Board holds two public meetings a year and parents are encouraged to attend to keep up to date.
Current Board Members
Mrs Tanya Fletcher
Chair / Audit / Risk and Governance, Membership
Tanya joined the Board in August 2013. She is a commercial lawyer who was admitted to practice in 1994 after completing her training at Melbourne University. She started her career at Herbert Smith
Mr Jeff Moodley
Jeff is married to Ramona, and they have 2 girls Arielle Year 7 and Ariana Year 11, both attend Maranatha.
Mrs Kim Bruinsma
Kim is a past student of MCS – alumni of 1995. She married Gavin Bruinsma – also a past MCS student. They have 4 daughters who currently attend Maranatha.
Mr Andrew Snook
Audit / Risk / Governance Committee
Andrew is the Assistant Manager of MIT Business Services where he has been for since 2010. He has a bachelor degree in Ministry, has worked for Churches in pastoral roles in Mill Park, Rowville and B
Mr Anthony Dunstan
Treasurer / Finance / Remuneration Committee
Anthony is a Chartered Accountant and worked in public practice for 21 years guiding business and individuals with their taxation, cashflow and strategic requirements. During the last few years he ha