The School's Association recently held its yearly members' dinner and Annual General Meeting. Around 50 Association members gathered for a night of enjoyable fellowship, good food, and serious Association business. The AGM, in addition to hearing reports from the Principal and Business Manager, considered the important matter of the Association's constitution.
After seeking the approval of members at the 2008 AGM to do so, the Board had been reviewing and updating the Association's Constitution over the last 12 months, in consultation with the School's legal advisers. And so it was that at this 2009 AGM the Board recommended the adoption of a new Constitution.
This new Constitution was described by Ian Carmichael, who moved the motion, as one which "honours and respects the vision and principles established by the School's founders, but which is clearer, and fits more seamlessly with current company legislation and with the operational requirements of a medium-sized school".
There was considerable discussion and debate of the motions put forward in relation to the new Constitution, with one of the motions proposed being rejected and then amended, prior to being passed by the meeting. The end result, however, was an almost unanimous vote to adopt the new Constitution for Covenant Christian School Association.
However the work is not fully done. The AGM also gave a mandate to the Board to do a complete review of the Association's doctrinal statements and membership requirements. The Board intends to carry out this review over the coming months, and hopes to consult widely with the school community -- not just with members, but with staff and parents. It will then bring a recommendation to a future meeting of the Association members.
We can thank God for the real sense of unity in Christ as these important matters were discussed at the AGM. And it would be marvellous if the School community would uphold the Board in prayer as it goes about the task of reviewing the doctrinal documents of the Association.