Governance

SMCS is governed by a Board of Directors, appointed by SMCS Ltd.

Cooma Baptist Church set up the company SMCS Ltd, a not-for profit organisation which consists of Cooma Baptist Church members who have also chosen to become company members.

SMCS Board members, as per the Constitution of SMCS Ltd, may be drawn from the school company, or the wider Christian community.  The Board is especially desirous of sharing the vision for this ministry and to this end will always seek to have representation from other Christian churches in the region.

The Board of SMCS is accountable to Cooma Baptist Church for its governance of the school.

The accompanying organisational flow chart gives a diagrammatic representation of school governance and operational management responsibilities.

The Board has a number of standing and ad hoc Board Committees (these Committee members are Board-approved and the Committee is chaired by a Board member) that provide advice and answer directly to the Board. Otherwise, the operational management of the school comes under the direct responsibility of the Principal, who reports regularly to the Board.

SMCS constitution

Nomination Form SMCS Board Membership

Current SMCS Board members

Mr John Vanderhout  (Chair SMCS Board)

Licensed electrician
Manager Intact Electrical P/L
Founding Chair SMCS Board 1995-1999 & 2002
Chair 2013-current

“I have a great passion to see children experience God’s love and forgiveness in their lives and believe that Christian schooling has a tremendous opportunity to accomplish this outcome.”

Dr Robert Wiles  (Chair Finance Committee)

General Practitioner & Visiting Medical Officer Cooma Hospital
Clinical Lecturer ANU Medical School
Founding Board Member 1995-2009
Board Member 2012- current

“Having had four children attend SMCS since its inception and witnessed hundreds more at the School, I have personally seen the children of character with hearts for Christ that result and desire to see this great opportunity continue.”

Dr Sean Truter

General Practitioner & Visiting Medical Officer Cooma Hospital
Board member 2010- current

“Giving children a Christian world view develops a stable and balanced value system, THIS is what excites me about SMCS”

Dr Effie Parakilas (Chair Marketing Committee, Board Secretary)

General Practitioner & Visiting Medical Officer Cooma Community Health Centre
Board member 2005-2007 and 2010-current

“I am the parent of three SMCS students so have seen first hand the outstanding educational and spiritual growth of our children through Christian schooling”

Pastor Farhad Khan

Pastor Cooma Baptist Church
Board member 2013-current

“I have a strong desire to see the children of SMCS grow deeper in their faith and to become godly men and women who will be salt and light in the world. As a board member and pastor I support the school in investing into the lives of the children.”

Mrs Judy Taylor

Stay at home mum and Co-ordinator of Cooma Baptist Playtime Group
Board member 2015-current

“I am excited by the opportunity to see children not only educated but instilled with Christian values as they learn.”

Rev. Lance Lawton

Senior Minister, Cooma Anglican Parish
Board member 2015-current

“I'm honoured to have been invited onto the SMCS Board to further strengthen the school's relationship with the whole Christian community of the region. It's a pleasure to share with others in touching and serving local families for the Gospel of Jesus.”

Mrs Sarah Horneman

Registered Midwife and Cooma Baptist Church Worship Director.
Board Member 2016-current

“With my husband as a former student, and my four children also becoming part of the SMCS community, I see it as an enormous privilege to have the opportunity to invest into SMCS and see the students grow in their faith in God.”

SMCS Organisational Chart