The PMSA – Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association – owns four outstanding Queensland schools: Brisbane Boys' College, Clayfield College, Somerville House and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.
Established in 1918, the PMSA is a joint mission of the Uniting Church of Australia, Queensland Synod and the Presbyterian Church of Queensland.
One hundred years on, the PMSA is a financially strong, not-for-profit organisation that plays a vital role in setting the direction of these outstanding schools and is the connecting link between the schools and the two churches.
The PMSA’s mission is to provide outstanding teaching and learning environments for our students and staff in schools built on Christian teachings. PMSA schools enable students to:
- - achieve personal excellence,
- - live a fulfilling and satisfying life, and
- - make a meaningful contribution to family and society.
Today through our schools, the PMSA has enrolments of almost 5000 students and employs almost 1000 staff.
The PMSA is a run by a Council of up to 15 qualified volunteer Councillors. Up to six Councillors are each appointed by the Presbyterian Church of Queensland and the Uniting Church of Australia Queensland Synod and three are appointed by the PMSA Council. The PMSA Council is supported by three committees, a School Council at each school and the PMSA corporate office.
In our increasingly secular society, PMSA schools are known for providing an outstanding education and guiding young people with values for life. Founded on strong Christian values – relationships, care, ethics, personal development, excellence and celebration – each PMSA school is unique and individual, but shares with each other their collective values as well as their knowledge and expertise to enhance the educational experience across all schools.
The PMSA’s role is to set the vision and overall strategic direction of each school and link the four schools with the two churches. The PMSA Councillors and corporate office work closely with each School Council and Principal to provide outstanding teaching and learning environments for students and staff.
For each school, the PMSA provides:
- - a caring, Christian-based culture.
- - high quality programs for developing teaching excellence.
- - financial strength and support.
- - human resources, legal and compliance support.
- - governance and policy-making support, particularly around child safety.
The PMSA has recently undergone a governance review of the role and composition of the PMSA Council and the School Councils against standards of good governance practice. The governance review took the form of an open consultation process which will allow the school community to participate and contribute thoughts on key issues. In addition to written submissions, the PMSA complemented this formal review process with a series of open forums held at each school. The PMSA has now announced plans for governance reform and is currently implementing the many changes.