I trust that the year has started well for your Learning Community. This week we had our first LESNW Board Meeting for 2021.
Governance Workshop: Last week our Regional Office Staff led a workshop for Governors of our Learning Communities. This was well attended and feedback is saying that it was valuable and appreciated. On behalf of our Board I pass on thanks to John and his team, as well as Matt Schmidt and Genevieve Freund from our Board for their inputs. The workshop aligns well with Goal 5 of our Strategic Intentions and we look forward to more of these into the future as we build networks and collaboration.
LCA Convention of General Synod 2021: You will have seen the call for LESNW Synod Reps for the 28th Sept to the 3rd Oct. Please consider if you are able to represent our Association at this. Having a voice and representation there will be important.
Strategic Intentions and Strategies/Actions: In the coming period we will reinstate working groups to continue developing strategies to help enable us to fulfil our Strategic Intentions. Please consider how you can contribute to this, and indeed if you have any thoughts or ideas about initiatives that will be enabling, please contact either myself or any member of our Board or regional office staff.
Goal 1: Goal 1 of our Strategic Intentions is centered around our relationship with the LCA and associated bodies and so I pass on that there are currently discussions being held about how we interplay with bodies such as the SA-NT District Church Council (DCC) etc , especially around decision making and approval processes etc. It’s a challenging space as we are firmly committed (as an Association) to our relationship in (and with) the wider church, and yet it’s important that we have clear pathways for decision making that ultimately effects the health and (sometimes) viability of our Association.
Goals 4 and 5: In recent times the Business Planning Framework has begun to be rolled out conceptually to our Learning Communities. The question will arise as to whether this is a Governance matter, or an Operational matter. While it could be argued that it is probably both, this framework has the capacity to create significant alignment in our learning communities and assurance to our Boards of how the community is tracking (and responding). The roll out of the Business Planning Framework is still an emerging landscape and we are looking at how it can be resourced into the future, but it is the firm belief of our Board that this will be a significant support for us around Goals 4 and 5.
Chair, LESNW Board