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School committee – Vale parish


**For information only: Applications closed**. 


The main recruitment of school committee members happens at the parish elections every November, but occasional by-elections do come up.

Currently, Vale parish is looking for a member of La Mare de Carteret Primary School Committee. To apply, contact the Vale Constables Office and return the nomination form by 4pm on Monday 17 January 2022.

Published in the Gazette Officielle in the Guernsey Press on 10 January 2022.


School committees are not the same as Parent Teacher Associations (PTA).  They are part of the management structure for the schools on the island and were created by the Education Law and the Education (Schools Committees) Ordinance in 1970.


The majority of school committee members are elected representatives from the parishes that make up the school’s catchment area. There is also one States member who is appointed to represent the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture (ESC). The head teacher of the school also attends.


School committees usually meet once a term. They are responsible for:

  • maintenance of the school buildings
  • inspecting premises, furniture and equipment
  • reporting repairs to ESC

The head teacher will be fully on top of these issues, so the role of the school committee is to review and support their work.

Committee members assist in the recruitment of a new head teacher or deputy head teacher, as required.

You can also get involved in the life of the school, if you wish, attending school fetes and other events.

Want to know more? Read Jo May’s description of her role on the Castel School committee.

Closed: Monday 17 January 2022


Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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