Groups within the CSCs organise events, meetings and workshops which cater for the particular needs of their members. A group – principals, board members, teachers, RE teachers, pre-school teachers, learners, parents - may or may not exist from year to year as needs and circumstances dictate.
Each group elects a representative to the CSC Executive. The Executive co-ordinates the activities of the CSC. The Chairperson of the Executive represents the CSC on the Catholic Schools Board of the Gauteng Province .
Serving on the committee of a CSC group is an opportunity for people committed to Catholic education to break new ground in exposing the Catholic school movement to the issues and concerns of the day. Planning and running events allows committee members to acquire valuable leadership and organisational skills.
In accordance with the new structures for Catholic Education agreed upon by CaSPA, the Annual General Meeting of the Pretoria Council for Catholic Education (CCE) on 27 February 2004 dissolved the CCE and replaced it with the new Catholic Schools Council ( Pretoria ).
The Constitution of the Catholic Schools Board was officially accepted as that of the new Catholic Schools Council. The CCE accounts were closed and the monies transferred to the Catholic Schools Board.
The meeting broke into groups (owners, board members and parents, principals, RE teachers, and teachers). Representatives were elected to the new Executive and plans laid for the year ahead.
JOCASCO (the Johannesburg Catholic Schools Council) was a body set up in 199? to co-ordinate the activities of the Johannesburg Catholic schools. It was dissolved to make way for the new Catholic Schools Council ( Johannesburg ) when CaSPA created new structures - the Catholic Schools Board and Catholic Schools Office - for Catholic Education.
At the Annual General Meeting convened by the Catholic Schools Office on 7 February 2004, the main business was to work through the preparatory material from the Catholic Institute of Education on the Second National Catholic Schools Congress, which was held in September 2004. Participants broke into groups - owners, principals, board members, RE teachers, teachers - to prepare responses to the Congress material.
For 2004, Principal's Forums met in three regional clusters. A very successful Catholic Schools Choir Festival was held at the initiative of the southern cluster in the Linder Auditorium on the Wits Education Campus. The RE Subcommittee arranged several events, including the Grade 11 Mass and a retreat for RE teachers.
The CSC in Johannesburg really got under way at its AGM on 19 February 2005, with the re-establishment of interest groups and the election of an Executive Committee.
With decreasing numbers of sisters and brothers from religious congregations able to have a hands-on presence in Catholic schools, there was a need to establish a guardianship to preserve and continue the development of Catholic Education.
There are a number of bodies in the Catholic Education network - Catholic School Proprietors Association, Catholic Schools Board, Catholic Schools Office, Catholic Schools Councils and Catholic Institute of Education.
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