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Governance

Boards of trustees provide culturally responsive strategic leadership and direction to schools. They are accountable for the performance of the school and the key focus of their role is the improvement of student progress and achievement.

Our Board of Trustees comprises of the Principal as Chief Executive, one staff representative and five parents inclusive of the Board Chair.

Board of Trustees taking office from June 14th 2019:

Nardz Stephenson, Principal
Nick Gill, Staff Trustee
Megan Fitter
Tim Andrews
Kyle Jones
Peter Lehmann ((Board Chair))
Lesley Turner

The Board of Trustees are elected every three years. The next elections are in 2022.

Public attending board meetings

The board of trustees welcomes public presence at board meetings and hopes that members of the public enjoy their time observing board meetings. Members of the public include staff, students and parents of the school who are not trustees on the board.

These procedures will be provided to members of the public attending meetings so that they understand the rules that apply and will be followed unless otherwise authorised by the board:

  • Board meetings are not public meetings but meetings held in public.
  • If the meeting moves to exclude the public (usually to protect the privacy of individuals), members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting until this aspect of business has been conducted.
  • Members of the public may request speaking rights on a particular subject that is on the agenda. This request should be made in advance. Public participation is at the discretion of the board.
  • Speakers shall be restricted to a maximum of 3 minutes each per subject, with a time limit of 15 minutes per interest group.
  • No more than 2 speakers on any one topic
  • Speakers are not to question the board and must speak to the topic.
  • Board members will not address questions or statements to speakers.
  • Speakers shall not be disrespectful or offensive or make malicious statements or claims.
  • If the chair believes that any of these have occurred or the speaker has gone over time, they will be asked to finish.

Board calendar

The board meets eight times each year. The meeting dates can be found below:

Tuesdays at 6.30pm
3 March
7 April
12 May
23 June
4 August
15 September
27 October
1 December

Governance at our School

The board is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders and is accountable for the school’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school and ensures that it complies with legal and policy requirements. Policies are at a governance level and outline delegations to the Principal. The board and the Principal form the leadership team with the role of each documented and understood.

The Principal reports to the board as a whole with committees used only where a need is identified in order to contribute to board work. The board is proactive in its operations and decision-making and does not involve itself in the day-to-day administration of the school.

Enhancing student achievement is the boards primary focus.

Board Documents

School charter and analysis of variance
The school charter sets the direction and key priorities for the school for the current and future years.
The school's analysis of variance provides a summary of the school's annual progress in relation to its goals, targets and priorities
Education Review Office report
Our latest Education Review Office Report can be found here

Annual audit report

This report is produced by our school auditors each year. It is a legal requirement of the Ministry of Education
2018 annual audited accounts
2018 audit report

Auditors Report 2019

Board policies

Our Board of Trustees governance and operational policies can be found here;
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