Board of Trustees

Minutes Folder Link: Board of Trustees' Minutes

Latham Martin

Chairperson

Elected Trustee

Email: lathammartin@westlandhigh.school.nz

Kim Judd

Deputy Chair

Elected Trustee

Email:

kimjudd@westlandhigh.school.nz

Ross Willcocks

Acting Principal

Trustee

Email:

rosswillcocks@westlandhigh.school.nz

Kaitlin Keenan

Student Trustee

Email:

k_keenan@westlandhigh.school.nz

Michael Waller

Staff Trustee

Email:

michaelwaller@westlandhigh.school.nz

Susan Wallace

Co-opted Trustee

Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio

Email:

susanwallace@westlandhigh.school.nz

Carol Martin

Elected Trustee

Email:

carolmartin@westlandhigh.school.nz

Shanita Mason

Co-opted Trustee

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae

Email:

shanitamason@westlandhigh.school.nz

Phil Johnston-Coates

Selected Trustee

Email:

philjohnston@westlandhigh.school.nz

Lisa Chant

Minutes Secretary

Email:

lisachant@westlandhigh.school.nz

Dave Ritchie

Co-opted Trustee

Email:

daveritchie@westlandhigh.school.nz


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 achievement.
  • 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.
  • Also Check out http://www.trustee-election.co.nz/ 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.
  • Click on the this link for an easy to understand parent guide on the roll of the board of trustees: http://resources.nzsta.org.nz/Parent_Guide/