Our Board Members from 2016-2019 are:
State schools in New Zealand have a board of trustees (BOT). The BOT is the Crown entity responsible for governance and control of the management of the school, and are accountable for the school’s performance.
The BOT is responsible for determining the strategic direction in which the school is heading (in consultation with parents, staff and students). The board must also ensure that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.
The Principal is the board’s chief executive in relation to the school’s control and management. The Principal is required to comply with the board’s general policy directions; but has complete discretion to manage the school on a day to day basis.
Who is on the BOT?
At Pakuranga Heights School, our Board is made up of:
- The Principal of the school
- One elected staff representative
- Five parent elected trustees
- Co-opted trustees (as needed)
Trustees are elected by the parent community and staff members. Elections for parent and staff trustees are held every three years (next elections in 2016). A by-election can occur at any stage in the 3 year election cycle if an elected trustee resigns from the board and thereby creates a casual vacancy.
What does the BOT do?
Every Board must prepare and maintain a School Charter. The purpose of a School Charter is to establish the mission, aims, objectives, directions, and targets of the Board in relation to the Government’s national education guidelines (NEGs), national administration guidelines (NAGs) and the Board’s local priorities.
The school board has the overall responsibility for the school, including meeting certain legal obligations, responsibility for property, personnel, financial management, reporting to the Ministry and school community, and meeting national requirements set by the Ministry of Education.
The BOT makes decisions that the Principal and staff then put in place. It must also monitor and report annually on its progress towards those goals.
Boards typically meet once a month between February and December. Meetings are open to the public, however, they are not public meetings where everyone has the right to speak. Speaking rights can be granted in advance by the Board Chair. Sometimes parts of Board meetings are closed to the public when the board is discussing confidential matters. BOT members are also involved in Board sub-committees which meet as required to discuss issues. Recommendations from these meetings are presented to the full board for approval.
Can I get involved?
Standing for the BOT is a great way to get involved in your child’s education. Training and support are available to make carrying out this responsibility easier.
Elections are run every three years and in order to stand for the board you must confirm that to the best of your knowledge you are eligible to be a school trustee. The website of the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) has and excellent website with lots of great information for current or potential trustees. www.nzsta.org.nz
If you are interested in standing for election, a good idea is to talk to a current BOT member. You may also like attend a couple of BOT meetings to get a better idea of what goes on at the meetings and about the responsibility involved.
Meet the Board of Trustees
Mrs Fiona Bailey
My name is Fiona Bailey. I have been on the board for the past three years in the role of Treasurer and took up the role of Chairperson at the beginning of this year.
Ms Sarah Irwin
My name is Sarah Irwin and I am excited to be standing for the Board of Trustees at Pakuranga Heights School. I have a passion for learning and have an honours degree in Geology and post graduate qualifications in Information Management and Asset Management.
Ms Rachel Makata
My name is Rachel Makata. I am a married mother of two children who are both students at Pakuranga Heights School.
Mr Rikki Solomon
My name is Rikki Solomon. I am the father of two wonderful children, Arwen aged 11 and Odin-Kalel aged six. Arwen is a previous student of Pakuranga Heights and now attends Farm Cove Intermediate. Odin-Kalel is in room five at Pakuranga Heights School.