Kildare Ministries is the Catholic Church Authority responsible for Marian College. Kildare Education Ministries is the legal and civil authority with responsibility for conducting the school.
In September 2013 Kildare Ministries was established by the Holy See as a Public Juridic Person (PJP) at the request of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Brigid (Brigidine Sisters) to succeed and to carry on the ministries previously conducted by the Brigidine Sisters in Australia. Its civil incorporation is under the Roman Catholic Church Communities Lands Act 1942 (NSW) under the name Trustees of Kildare Ministries (TKM). As a PJP, Trustees of Kildare Ministries is the Catholic Church authority for the schools and community works previously conducted by the Brigidine Sisters in Australia.
In March 2014 the Victorian Institute of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Presentation Sisters) was accepted as the second member of TKM.
Kildare Education Ministries
In April 2014, Kildare Education Ministries (KEM), a public company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), was incorporated to govern the Brigidine Colleges in Victoria and South Australia. The Board Directors of KEM are appointed by TKM to govern the Colleges in the areas of education, financial, property and employment responsibilities and to plan for the ongoing development of the Colleges. TKM, as a Member for KEM, has reserve powers in areas such as the ratification of the appointment of a Principal and approval of capital loans.
Each College is operated by KEM which is responsible for the Catholic ethos and mission of the College and for the administration of the temporal goods assigned to it for its work.
The Stewardship Council of Marian College has delegated authority from KEM in matters such as policy, strategic planning, annual budget approval and community liaison. The Co-Principals of Marian College have delegated responsibility from KEM to employ and supervise staff, and to manage the College.
Marian College Stewardship Council
This element of College Governance is based on a model of stewardship which can be summed up as follows:
Part of stewardship involves safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly. It is giving generously of our time, talents and treasures; it is also receiving God's gifts gratefully, cultivating them responsibly and sharing them lovingly in justice with others; it is always being ready to return them with increase to God. It is about loyalty to an agreed set of core values.
Each KEM school has a Stewardship Council. The major focus of the Stewardship Council is maintaining and developing the school as a good place for the education of young people within the traditions of the Catholic Church and the Brigidine and Kildare Ministries Traditions.
The major tasks of the Stewardship Council are:
- To monitor the policies of the school, to be part of the consultative process of policy making and to offer constructive advice so that all policies strengthen the school as a good place for young people.
- To plan for the future by studying trends in education, local demography and emerging needs.
- To monitor the recurrent and capital ﬁnances of the school.
- To contribute to the public relations of the school within the wider community.
Members of the Stewardship Council are appointed by the Sponsorship Group. Members of the Stewardship Council include:
- past parents, teachers and students
- people from the wider community who have an interest in education
- parents of present students.