There is a parable at the end of Matthew’s Gospel (Mt. 25: 14 – 30) which tells the story of ‘a man who was going on a journey’ and who left his wealth in silver pieces to be tended by his three servants. Two of the servants responded wisely, invested the money and made a good profit. The third behaved foolishly, being so anxious about security that he merely kept the original amount safe. On the master’s return he commended the first two and rebuked and punished the third one.
The pieces of silver in the story can be interpreted as symbols of the things held dear in an educational community: commitment, care, talents, ministry, and achievements resulting from insight or skill. These gifts are ours in trust, to nurture and develop.
The major focus of the Stewardship Council is maintaining and developing the school as a good place for the education of young people within the traditions of the Catholic Church, the Brigidine story and Kildare Ministries. Schools are places of learning and personal growth. Stewardship Councils have an important role in contributing wisdom that informs the structures and processes of the school to assist in the ongoing development of a strong Catholic learning community. The Council assists in this by helping also to plan for the future by studying trends in education, local demography and emerging needs.
Stewardship Councils are also called upon to stretch the imagination of the school community and to provide discernment that ensures the school is operating within the agreed framework of its vision, mission and values. In supporting Principals, Leadership Teams and staff to provide visionary leadership for every aspect of the College, Stewardship councils respect the right of Principals and staff to manage the operations of the school.
Current membership of the Council is as follows:-
- Mr Shane Stacey – Chair
- Mrs Fiona McEniry – Deputy Chair
- Ms Selina Handley, Mr Matthew O’Farrell, Mr David Rohde, Mrs Judith O’Farrell, Mrs Kathi Maddison and Mrs Leah McNulty – Community members
- Sr Margaret Fyfe csb – representing the Kildare Education Ministries Board.
- Mr Kevin Lawlor – Nominee of the Director of the Catholic Education Office – Diocese of Sandhurst.
- Mr Michael Delaney – Principal.
There are currently four sub-committees of the Stewardship Council;
– Resources & Risk,
– Facilities and Environment,
– Community Engagement
From time to time other sub committees are formed as needed. Anyone wishing to be of service to either the Council or a sub-committee is welcome to make contact with the Principal.