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									Chair of Council’s Report 2009
Presented by Rev Canon Dr John Barrett OAM, Chair

On behalf of St Columba Anglican School Council, I have pleasure in presenting the 2009 Annual Report.
This year of 2009, nationally and internationally, has presented enormous challenges in financial and
governance areas, related to the global financial crisis.
As a Council we have continued to review our policies, structure and reporting mechanisms, in order to provide
a sound foundation for the delivery of the best educational outcomes for the School.
I believe that we are well placed to address the opportunities that will be presented in 2010 and beyond.

Major Projects:

(i)     Completion of Stage 7, “Pitt Building”
The final “pod” of the Junior School commenced in August 2008, and was completed in February, 2009. Our
thanks have been conveyed to Commercial Projects Limited (builder), and SCAS Council’s Project Manager
Bill Amy. The Dedication Service by Bishop Keith Slater took place on Thursday 12th March 2009, and the
building was named “Pitt Building” in honour of our Foundation Principal, Mr Chris Pitt (2002-2007). On the day
Chris was accompanied by his wife Gaye and his father. It was a most joyous occasion.

(ii)    School Pride Program
This was funded by the Federal Government, and we accepted with gratitude a grant of $200,000. This grant
assisted in the provision of concrete paths, fencing around the car park, landscaping and drainage works,
repairs to roof, ceiling and exterior of Columba Cottage (site adjacent to basketball courts), together with the
provision of an Amphitheatre, next to the Pitt and Rogers buildings. This impressive addition will be very
diverse in its uses: open air chapel, performance area, recreational space and for special events. The
amphitheatre and surrounds is expected to seat around 700 people.

(iii)    Multipurpose Centre
SCAS Council successfully applied for a grant under the Federal Government “Building Education Revolution”
for the building of a Multipurpose Centre (two full size basketball courts, stage, mezzanine, offices, canteen
etc). The SCAS Masterplan was a sound investment by the School Council, with its development approvals in
place by Port Macquarie/ Hasting Council some years ago. The BER grant ($2.99m) was approved midyear,
and following an intensive design and construct tender process, National Buildplan were awarded the contract.
Contracts were signed in September and construction commenced in November.
It is anticipated the Multipurpose Centre will be completed by August 2010.
Our thanks are due also to Allister Hunziker, our Director of Business Planning and Bill Amy, our Project
Manager, for the detailed documentation required for the grant application and tender process.

(iv)    Solar Power Project
This is a project that Allister Hunziker has been working on for some years, and SCAS Council have been
successful in receiving a grant for $50,000, to provide solar panels on the northern roof of J Block. This is a
substantial project, where additional power will be generated into the grid, with environmental and financial

Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre
This joint venture between St Columba Anglican School and the Corporate Trustees of the Anglican Diocese of
Grafton, funded through the Diocese of Grafton, officially opened in February 2009.
It is a 79 place, state of the art centre, and enjoying presently 90% occupancy, which is quite outstanding, and
a credit to the Director Lerren Apthorpe and her dedicated staff.

Under the strong, enthusiastic and embracing leadership style of our Principal Terry Muldoon in 2009, SCAS
has enjoyed steady growth in student numbers, sound educational outcomes, and positive results in cultural
and sporting events.
The end of 2009 marks Terry’s second year of incumbency as Principal, and he underwent an appraisal some
months ago, and the panel included present and former school principals, General Manager of the Diocese,
together with Deputy Chair of SCAS Andrina Dawson and myself. It was a very pleasing outcome for Terry and
the school, with new benchmarks and directions set, for 2010 and beyond.
The Senior Executive Team, comprising Heads of School, Allan Guihot, Geoff Lancaster, Bruce Little, the
Director of Business Planning Allister Hunziker, the Registrar Janet Geronimi and Chaplain Rev. Duncan
McArthur will also progressively undertake reviews/appraisals in 2010.
May I particularly thank our Director of Business Planning Allister Hunziker, for his admirable support and
management of finances to the school during the year, despite his midyear health crisis and Rev. Duncan
McArthur, our Foundation Chaplain for his continuing spiritual and pastoral oversight of the School.

Grafton Diocesan Anglican Schools Commission
The GDASC comprises the five schools in the Diocese of Grafton, namely, Lindisfarne Anglican School,
Tweed Heads, Emmanuel Anglican College, Ballina, Clarence Valley Anglican School, Grafton, Bishop Druitt
Anglican College, Coffs Harbour, and St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie.
Together with Bishop Keith Slater, President of GDASC, General Manager Hon. Rev Pat Comben, the School
Chairs, Principals, Business Managers and Chaplains, meet quarterly, where much valuable networking is
conducted. On behalf of our school, I convey our appreciation to Bishop Keith and Pat Comben for their
enormous support, encouragement and guidance to SCAS.
Mr Greg Nelson, as Manager of the Grafton Diocese Investment Fund, and the GDIF Board are again
acknowledged for their financial support and oversight.

Annual Awards and Sponsorship
SCAS Council recognises and acknowledges the generosity of many community businesses, individuals,
parishioners, parents, grandparents and friends, for their support and sponsorship of prizes for the Annual
Award Days. SCAS Council acknowledges and congratulates all award recipients, for their outstanding
achievements during the year. We encourage all students to embrace and pursue excellence in academic,
creative and sporting areas.

Parents and Friends Association
Since the Schools inception, the Parents and Friends of SCAS, have played a major role in fund raising, social
events, and networking. Our thanks indeed are extended to the present executive and members for their very
fine efforts in recent years. Some of the many projects this year include, assistance for students to attend State
& National competitions, the SCAS vegetable garden project, giant chess pieces and playing board, assistance
to Rugby Club for jerseys, landscaping of Junior School gardens, portable PA system for Junior school, and

three significant projects namely, choir risers, music stands and storage, and installation of the 3 phase power
to the new Amphitheatre.
It is anticipated that the P&F will assist in the funding of lighting for the new multipurpose centre in 2010. Our
thanks indeed!

2010 and Beyond
Under the economic environment of 2009, families faced many difficult decisions, including the education and
wellbeing of their children.
SCAS Council appreciates and commends all the parents and grandparents of the School for their
commitment, dedication and in many cases sacrifices made this year. The financial climate appears to be
“brightening”, and given the Federal Government’s stimulus package and BER grants, SCAS looks forward to
its new Multipurpose Centre and the multitude of activities that will embrace this facility.
There are further exciting initiatives planned for SCAS, and opportunities will arise during 2010 to communicate
these proposals.

Christmas 2009
May this festive season be a time of joy, sharing, fun, communication, safety on the roads, and on behalf of
SCAS Council, may I wish you all a happy, and holy Christmas, and a hope filled New Year.

“Almighty God, may we look back on the year with pride at the things achieved, awareness of where we have
gone wrong, and thanks for all that our teachers and parents have done for us. We look forward to the
holidays, remembering the friends we have made and all the new things we have learnt and experienced.
Bring us back refreshed and ready for all the next year will offer
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.”

Rev. Canon Dr John Barrett OAM
Chair, SCAS Council

For and on behalf of SCAS Council:
President: The Most Reverend Keith Slater Deputy Chairman: Mrs Andrina Dawson, Secretary: Mrs
Michelle Flamish, Mr Terry Muldoon, Rev. John West, Dr Gordon Burch, Mr Alan Deutschbein, Mr Bruce
Nosworthy, Mr Syd Hopkins, Parent Representative: Ms Loris Hendy and Director of Financial Planning:
Mr Allister Hunziker.


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