We are calling for nominations for the Waiouru School BOT..

What is a school board
of trustees?
Every state and state-integrated school in
New Zealand has a board of trustees.
School board membership includes elected parent
representatives, an elected staff representative and
the principal. If the school has students above year 9,
the board also includes a student representative.
What do trustees do?
First and foremost a board is accountable for
student progress and achievement to its parents and
community. The board has the overall responsibility
for the school. This includes legal obligations covering
curriculum, property, personnel, finance and health
and safety.
Here are some specific things the board does:
• Sets the strategic direction and long-term plans
for the school and monitors the board’s progress
against them.
• Monitors and evaluates student progress and
• Oversees the management of staff, property,
finances, curriculum and administration.
• Ensures that the educational needs and aspirations
of Māori learners, Pasifika learners and learners with
special education needs are identified, planned for
and met.
• Fulfils the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi by valuing
and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage.
• Appoints and supports the principal and assesses
their performance.
What skills do trustees need?
Trustees are active leaders in their schools and need
to work well in a team, ask challenging questions and
have good communications skills. Boards need a balance
of skills and experiences to ensure effective processes
for planning, monitoring, reporting and reviewing the
school’s performance are in place. Check out
for more information regarding trusteeship.
Who can become a trustee?
Parents, caregivers and people from the wider community
can be nominated for election to a school board. Your
school will be happy to help you find out more about
standing for election or nominating someone else.
How is a board elected?
The school staff and parents elect boards of trustees
every three years.
All parents of students who are enrolled full-time in a
state or state-integrated school can and should vote in
the elections for parent representatives.
What help do school trustees get?
New Zealand School Trustees Association, through a
Ministry of Education contract, provides free employment
and governance advice, support and resources. NZSTA
also provides a variety of professional

Go ahead and nominate someone or nominate yourself.
You can fill in the form in the link below or call into the school office for a paper version.
Nominations close Wednesday 29th May 2019
Board takes office Wednesday 19th June 2019


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