Our Board of Trustees

Chairperson:

  • Shane Craig

Parent Representatives:

  • Hope Dufty

  • Natasha Waltham

  • Shelley Riley

  • Ben Fausett

  • Nash Morrison

Staff Representative:

  • Sean Dean

Principal:

  • Bevan Clark

All of New Zealand's state schools have a Board of Trustees (BOT). The BOT is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the 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.

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.

To contact our Board Chairperson - please email: bot@waiaupa.school.nz

Annual reports are required to be submitted to the Ministry of Education by 31 May.

A board must ensure that its annual report is available to the public on an internet site maintained by or on behalf of the board.