Constitution of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations
The Name of the Federation shall be the “Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations”.
In this Constitution (unless the context otherwise requires), the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively attributed to them below:
- “Federation” or “FAPSA” means the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations.
- “Associate” means any association, group or organisation that is affiliated with FAPSA.
- “Executive” means the Executive of FAPSA.
- “Council” means the National Council of FAPSA.
- “AGM” means the Annual General Meeting of FAPSA.
3. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The Federation’s aims are:
- to assist Associates to develop and promote philosophy in schools,
- to inspire and encourage individuals to practise and acquire independent skills in reasoning, and in thinking reflectively, critically, and creatively; and to promote individuals with intellectual motivation and self-esteem, and make them effective thinkers with sound judgement.
The Federation’s objectives are:
- to promote communities of inquiry or other appropriate methods in school classes to analyse and discuss philosophical issues and concepts,
- to promote and explain philosophy for children to schools’ executives, teachers, parents, and students and to identify places for philosophy within schools’ curricula
- to provide training and continuing support for teachers,
- to develop suitable resources for teachers,
- to produce and publish materials that further its aims and objectives,
- to establish a network of communication among all persons involved in philosophy in schools,
- to maintain research in the theory and practice of philosophy in schools,
- to maintain, in appropriate categories, lists of teachers of philosophy in schools, philosophers and other interested persons,
- to provide forums for discussion,
- to seek support and approval for philosophy in schools from all institutions operating in the field of education whether private or public, with particular emphasis on matters of national and international interest,
- to co-ordinate the activities of Associates and, where appropriate at any national or international forums, represent Associates when so authorised by the National Council,
- to liaise with Associates and organise meetings and conferences at a national level and to facilitate the exchange of information among Associates,
- to fund educational research activities, whether directly or by way of scholarship or otherwise where such activities are considered by the National Council to be consistent with the aims and objectives of FAPSA,
- to operate as a non-profit organisation designed to facilitate the educational aims and objectives of the Federation.
FAPSA may, for the purposes of pursuing or carrying out any or all of its aims and objectives, by resolution of a general meeting seek incorporation, hold and dispose of real or personal property, enter into contracts, receive and make gifts, act as trustee, be a beneficiary, and perform all such acts in the law as are required or are incidental to such legal functions. FAPSA may levy an appropriate membership fee upon its Associates.
Associates will be limited to those associations or related groups or organisations established for the purpose of promoting Philosophy in Schools, recognised in writing by the Council as being affiliated with FAPSA. An association, group or organisation may apply in writing to the Executive for recognition as being affiliated with FAPSA and any such application shall be considered by the Council who shall take into account any recommendation made by the Executive in relation to any such application.
6. MANAGEMENT OF THE FEDERATION
6.1 The AGM
- The AGM is the supreme decision-making body of FAPSA and its decisions are binding on the Executive and the National Council.
- The AGM is constituted by a maximum of four representatives for each Associate that has nominated a National Council member.
- The Federation shall meet once a year for the AGM and at other times as the AGM or the National Council shall determine by resolution, and in any event not later than 6 months after the expiration of any Financial Year.
- Representatives of an Associate shall be authorised as such in writing by that Associate.
- A quorum shall consist of representatives from at least three Associates.
- The decision of the FAPSA AGM will be those reached by a majority of the authorised representatives of Associates present at a meeting called after due notice has been given to all Associates. The Chair of the meeting will have only a casting vote in the event of an equality of votes.
6.2 The National Council
- The National Council is the body which deals with non-routine or controversial matters between Federation meetings, i.e., its role is to ensure that all Associates are informed of situations where there is potential conflict within the Federation and are involves in the decision that attempts to resolve the conflict. Its members shall consist of one representative for each Associate. Each Associate shall nominate its own representative to the National Council. The previous National Council shall remain in office until the end of the next AGM.
- The President of the National Council is the same person as the Chair of the Executive, and shall be in addition to the representative of an Associate if that Associate wishes to have a full voting member of Council.
- The decisions of the National Council will be those reached by a majority of those authorised representatives present at a meeting called after due notice has been given to all members of the Council. (A meeting of the Council may be constituted by a telephone link-up, email, or a postal vote). The Chair of Council will only have a casting vote.
6.3 The Executive
- The Executive shall consist of a Chair, Secretary and a Treasurer
- It is the responsibility of the Executive to run the routine, day-to-day affairs of FAPSA within the policies of, and in accordance with the decisions of, the AGM and the National Council. Whenever non-routine and controversial issues arise it is the responsibility of the Chair of the Executive or nominee to contact the National Council members and to act on the advice of the majority of the National Council. If this is not possible due to the urgency of the matter, then it is the responsibility of the Executive to make whichever decision is in the closest accord with the policies of FAPSA and is believed by the Executive to be the decision most likely to have received the support of the majority of the Council. It is to be communicated to the National Council as soon as possible and, if not acceptable to the majority, modified as much as possible to accord with a resolution passed by a majority of members of the National Council.
- The Associate to constitute the Executive will be chosen each year by the AGM. Normally all members of the Executive will be located in the same region for convenience of communication and the particular persons to occupy the various offices of the Executive will be chosen by the relevant Associate.
- The National Council shall have power to change the membership of the National Executive provided that a majority of National Council members are persuaded that just cause exists for a change and that the membership of the Executive continue to conform to the requirements of 6.3 (a).
- The decisions of the Executive will be those reached by a majority of the members present at a meeting called after due notice has been given to all members of the Executive. The Chair of Executive will only have a casting vote.
7. DUTIES OF OFFICE BEARERS
The Chair shall be responsible for:
- Calling meetings of the Executive or the Council as often as business may require.
- Acting as the Chair at meetings or appointing a proxy to so act.
- Acting as spokesperson for the Federation.
The Secretary shall be responsible for:
- Maintaining a register of Associates of the Federation.
- Conducting the correspondence of the Federation and filing copies of correspondence.
- Making arrangement for and keeping a record of meetings.
- Sending notices of meetings and reports to Executive and Council Members as appropriate.
The Treasurer shall be responsible for:
- Keeping accurate accounts of all monies received and paid by the Federation and proper records of the Federation assets and liabilities.
- Issuing receipts for subscriptions and other monies he or she may receive in behalf of the Federation and paying all such monies into the Federation’s savings accounts.
- Paying accounts on behalf of the Federation, as approved by the committee.
- Preparing a statement of receipts and expenditure and a balance sheet for presentation at the AGM.
8. AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION
The Constitution may only be amended at an AGM or at a Special General Meeting of the Federation. Notice of the proposed amendment(s) must be received by the Secretary at least one month before the Federation meeting and must be forwarded by the Secretary to the Secretary of each Associate or, where the Associate does not have a Secretary, to that Associate’s National Council member, to arrive at least a fortnight before the Federation meeting.
These rules may be amended by a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of representatives of Associate present at any Annual General Meeting at which notice of the proposed amendment shall have been given or at a Special General Meeting convened for such purpose.
- The Federation shall be dissolved in the event of membership of less than three Associates or upon the vote of a three-fourths majority of representatives of Associates present at a Special General Meeting convened to consider such a question.
- Upon resolution being passed in accordance with paragraph (a) of this rule, all assets and funds of the organisation on hand shall after the payment of all expenses and liabilities be handed over to such registered or exempted charity or charities as a simple majority of the representatives of Associates at the Special General Meeting so convened or as a subsequent Special General Meeting may decide.
10. INCOME AND PROPERTY
The income and property of the Federation shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the aims and objectives of the Federation and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to members or relatives of members of Associates of the Federation, provided that nothing herein shall prevent the payment in good faith of remuneration to any officer or servant of the Federation for any service actually rendered to the Federation or reasonable and proper rental for premises let by any members of an Associate of the Federation provided that no remuneration shall be paid to officers or servants who are members of the Executive.