Planning for the Future of Your School

With numerous challenges confronting independent schools today, the need for forward-thinking and proactive strategies is more important than ever.

At Community Business Australia, we combine specialist management expertise with business acumen to support a range of independent schools in planning for their future. Our approach enables schools to navigate complexities and optimize operations ensuring they are well-prepared to meet demands and achieve long-term success.

In this issue we outline details of our offering and bespoke services including a recent project to develop Ambrose Treacy College’s Strategic Plan.  

If you need strategic business guidance to help you plan for the future direction of your school, we are ready to assist.

Yours in Business and Service,

Patrick Herd 

Principal Consultant

Ambrose Treacy College (ATC):

Strategy Planning

Hear about Principal Chris Ryan’s experience of working with Community Business Australia over the past 12 months to develop ATC’s five year strategic plan.

Our process involved significant stakeholder engagement and discourse, data collation and analysis and consultation with middle and senior leadership.



John Mula

John Mula OAM


Throughout his career, John has built an extensive skill set, navigating complexity, ambiguity, and disruption with a focus on creative and aligned solutions often working with diverse and competing interests and organisational complexities. He has contributed to both state and national reforms within Catholic education, government and the Not-for-Profit sector more broadly.

John can assist CBA clients with:

School reviews.
Strategic development.
Leadership mentoring.

To find out more about John’s services at CBA, please reach out to


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Strategic Planning: Navigating Challenges in Australian Schools


In the ever-evolving landscape of education, strategic planning has emerged as a crucial process for high schools and educational institutions across Australia. As we confront unprecedented challenges, from shifts in curriculum to the impacts of global events, the need for proactive, forward-thinking strategies has never been more apparent.

Schools play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our society, equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to thrive in an increasingly complex world. However, navigating this educational terrain requires careful planning and foresight.

One of the key challenges facing Australian schools is the rapid pace of change. From advancements in technology to changes in workforce demands, educators must adapt to a constantly shifting landscape. Strategic planning enables schools to anticipate these changes and prepare students accordingly, ensuring they are equipped for success in an ever-changing world.

Moreover, strategic planning allows schools to address pressing issues such as student well-being and inclusion. The mental health of students, in particular, has become a growing concern, exacerbated by the pressures of academic performance and social media. By developing comprehensive strategies for student support and well-being, schools can create a nurturing environment where all students can thrive.

Additionally, strategic planning is essential for fostering innovation and excellence in education. By setting clear goals and priorities, schools can identify areas for improvement and implement innovative teaching methods and technologies. This not only enhances the learning experience for students but also ensures that schools remain at the forefront of educational excellence.

CBA consultants facilitate a process to engage all key stakeholders to bring them on the journey to develop the future direction. If you would like to know more about how Patrick and his team can assist your school, please reach out to


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Effective Communication and Skills Training

The day to day challenges of running a school can make leaders’ and teachers’ jobs feel overwhelming. Taking time out to support and invest in team building skills and strengthen purpose is proven to lead to more engaged staff, increased trust and a more collaborative group effort.

Specifically designed for school leaders, Community Business Australia is offering the following workshops in partnership with Edmonds Facilitation:

The program of five workshops includes:

Better Teams Workshop.
How to Create a Powerful Vision Workshop.
Facilitation Skills for Teaching Professionals Workshop.
Conflict Resolution.
How to Handle Difficult Conversations.

To find out more, please contact Patrick at Community Business Australia.

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