Growth of a school : the organisational and functional growth of a newly established Catholic girls' high school formed through the amalgamation of two schools : positive factors in establishing the new school and guidelines for the successful establishment of other similar schools

  • Margaret D. Carey

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    Observation has been made of an amalgamation of two Catholic Girls' Schools with the twofold aim of: i) identifying the elements that have contributed positively to the functional organisation, and ii) formulating guidelines to assist future amalgamation planners. The three core elements of High Morale, Effective Communication and Efficient Decision-making were found to be strongly operative and apparently - as evidence indicated - were facilitated by: i) principal's attitude and behaviour towards Staff, ii) administration being open to query and advice, iii) principal-staff commitment to the task and expressed goals of the school. While these factors contributed to the success of the organisation functionally, specific activities, in some cases exclusive to Catholic schools, were seen as valuable also. Opportunities for spiritual support and community building were used positively and effectively. The findings indicated that the organisational procedures employed were sound and, that in distinguishing amalgamation planning from single-school planning, the basic need is to foster a unity of purpose and mutual acceptance of persons with persons' rights.
    Date of Award1977
    Original languageEnglish

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