Good Shepherd is a school of the Lutheran Church and as such is part of the mission and ministry of the Church to its community.
As a school of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA), the School Council is directly responsible to the voting members of Good Shepherd (consisting of parents and member congregational representatives (which include Angaston, Gruenberg, Gnadenberg, Keyneton, Eden Valley and Springton), to provide annual reports for approval by this body, which also elects the School Council.
This body meets twice a year for the AGM, (where the financial auditors’ report is given along with the school performance report) and the AEM (where School Council Members are elected and the budget and school fees for the coming year are passed).
The Constitution of Good Shepherd Lutheran School Angaston Incorporated
The School Council is responsible for appointing a Principal for the day to day management of the school. The School Council meets on a regular basis to strategically plan for the schools future, review and develop policies, set a responsible annual budget and through the Principal, ensure compliance with various external bodies such as the State and Commonwealth Government and Non Government Schools Registration Board.
Good Shepherd is part of the network of Lutheran schools within the district and across Australia. These schools have a common set of values and mission, and work interdependently, whilst at the same time valuing their individuality and respecting the areas for which the Church has responsibility.
The Lutheran Church sponsors Lutheran schools in order to make Jesus Christ known to students and families within education institutions. Therefore the school will pursue what is educationally best for each student, within a Christian context and from a Christian point of view.
As a Lutheran school, the school can never sacrifice its spiritual centeredness whilst at the same time, as an educational institution, the school desires to provide a high quality educational program. The school council is to ensure that a balance between these perspectives is maintained.