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April 19, 2016

posted 21 Apr 2016, 00:32 by Julie Shawcross

Kia ora koutou,

Holiday Arrangements

Please note the school is closed from 18th April and reopens on Monday 2nd May.  I would like to thank everyone for your support and commitment through a really challenging first term.  The repairs are continuing for the school and by next term we should have internet for all staff and students and also the heating should be repaired too.

The staff and students have shown remarkable resilience and flexibility and it is a credit to them all that we have managed to complete this year so successfully.  Next term we will be back to normality and will once again be reporting on attendance and will also expect students to wear correct school uniform.  We ask for your support in this and also to encourage students to ask for support and help with their courses if it is needed.

Board of Trustee Triennial Elections, 2016

It is a very exciting time for Westland High School and there couldn’t be a better time for members of the community to get involved with the school on our board of trustees.  This year Westland High School will have elections for its board of trustees (2016 Triennial Trustee Elections). This year Westland High School will have its election on the common election date of Friday, June 3rd.  

The returning officer for the school is Casi Agnew who can be contacted through the school office if necessary.

Trustees play a very important strategic role in a school and it is important that the BOT contains a range of people from different backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experience.  You can find out more about being a trustee here (, including a short, simple to understand video.  There is also further information about being a trustee attached to this newsletter including a copy of the leaflet sent home with all students.

Prior to the election process it is important that we have accurate contact details for all parents and caregivers so that you all have an opportunity to vote for the candidates of your choice.  An electoral roll for our elections will be available in school and you should check that your name is on this list.  If you know that your contact details have changed or just want to check them, please provide the correct information to the school administrative team by phoning, visiting or emailing (when school reopens from May 2).

If your details are not correct, you may not get papers for nominations of trustees or your voting papers. (A parent representative must be nominated by a parent of a student at the school.  They do not need to be a parent.) A parent can nominate themselves they do not need another person to nominate them.

(The following paragraph was updated on April 21st to provide clarification of parental voting rights for the BOT elections)

Each person entitled to vote can only vote once:

  • A teacher at the school who is also the parent of a student at the school can either vote as a teacher or a parent.

  • A parent who has two children at the school only votes once.  They cannot vote twice (once for each of their children at the school).

  • When you vote you will be able to choose up to five candidates in the parent representative elections because their are five parent representatives on the WHS BOT

We will be calling for nominees for the election shortly and you will be contacted about this by Casi Agnew, the school returning officer.  Our school has five parent representatives on the board of trustees.

and finally…  Have a great break and we look forward to seeing the students at the normal starting time on Monday 2nd May.

Nga mihi nui,

Trevor Jones, Principal