The Board is accountable for student progress and achievement and has a duty to show to its parents, community, and the government that students are being well prepared for life beyond school.
The board’s role is to oversee the governance of the school and to ensure that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically and as well as possible in the best interests of its students. The legal responsibilities of boards of trustees are determined by the Education and Training Act 2020.
The board is the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school. The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the day-to-day operations of the school in line with the board’s direction and policies.
The board is elected every three years as per the Education and Training Act 2020. The Board consists of:
- five parent representatives elected by the community;
- the principal;
- and a staff-elected representative;
Section 127 of the Education and Training Act 2020 describes the board’s responsibilities, which include:
- setting the strategic direction and targets for the school
- planning towards and reporting on achieving those targets
- curriculum management
- financial and property management
- policies and procedures
- health and safety
- employment of staff at the school
Every state and stage-integrated school in New Zealand has a board that governs it.
The board has the overall responsibility and accountability for the school.
- Tuesday 22nd February
- Tuesday 15th March
- Tuesday 12th April
- Tuesday 17th May
- Tuesday 21st June
- Tuesday 16th August
- Tuesday 20th September
- Tuesday 1st November
- Tuesday 6th December
Meet Your Current Board of Trustees Parent Representatives:
Michael Morton – Chair
I have been on the Board since the last election mid-2019 and became the Chair in January 2020. I have my youngest of 3 children still at St Thomas’s in Year 4. I really enjoy living in the local community and I have enjoyed my time on the Board despite it being dominated by our response to COVID. I am an owner of a medium sized NZ business based in Meadowbank with a team of 40 people and I have a background in business strategy, marketing, sales and general management. It is really rewarding to be part of the team that helps shape the direction of the school and as a busy working Dad I have felt far more connected to my children’s education and school life since I joined the Board.
Kia ora everyone and welcome to 2022. I’ve been a member of the Board of Trustees since August last year and I’m pleased to be able to contribute through this challenging time. I’ve got three kids at the school now, since our youngest started in February, so more motivated than ever to continue working with the Principal and the rest of the Board to get the best outcomes we can for all our children in the year ahead. I’m particularly interested in making sure we have the right governance in place to drive student achievement as well as ensuring we build resilience and well-being to limit the effect COVID has on the kids as much as we can. A highlight for me this year is the construction of the new bike track, which is the first step in the plan to provide an improved outdoor environment at the school for the kids to enjoy, to promote physical activity and support curriculum initiatives like Learning Through Play. We’ve had to take a careful approach to this due to the uncertainty caused by COVID, but this first stage will be exciting to see. We’re planning some fundraising events to contribute to this, so please consider donating if you can.
Tēnā koutou. It has been an exciting (and interesting) few years watching my girls start school and become part of the St Thomas’s community (now in Years 2 & 4). From the start of this school year, I am happy to add my experience and voice to the STS Board. My background is in law and corporate governance. I am also the Deputy Chair for Bowel Cancer NZ, an arts & crafts enthusiast, and lover of all things winter. I want to see all students at St Thomas’s have every opportunity to achieve their full potential, push new horizons and contribute meaningfully to our wider community. I am looking forward to supporting the mahi of the STS team in delivering a quality education that is well-rounded, equitable and growth-minded.
Georgia Houlker – Deputy Chair
I have been a member of the board since the last election in 2019 and Deputy Chair supporting Michael since 2020. I have a child in Year 3. Having lived in the area for more than 10 years and having multiple friends and extended family have their kids at St Thomas’s, I have really enjoyed being part of the Board for the last few years and seeing the positive changes that the school has made in this time to the benefit of our kids. I have a finance and commercial background and have worked closely with the school to develop the budgets and financial reporting over this very challenging time. I led the development of the outdoor learning environment plan and I am so excited to see this coming to fruition as the bike track nears completion! I’m passionate about the positive benefits of the school environment and I am looking forward to working with the community to fund the rest of this work to provide a safe, healthy and fun environment for our children’s learning.
Minutes are available here or from the School Office.
2021 Minutes Board minutes 16 February 2021 Board minutes 16 March 2021 Board minutes 13th April 2021 Board Minutes 18 May 2021 Board Minutes 15 June 2021 Board Minutes 25 August 2021 Board Minutes 21 September 2021 Board Minutes 1st November 2021 Board Minutes 6 December 2021
- Mr Michael Maher (Principal)
- Mr Michael Morton (Chair) E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 027 2262 939
- Ms Georgia Houlker E: email@example.com P: 021 2371 596
- Mr Nick Chapman E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 021 712 429
- Mrs Annika Lim E: email@example.com P: 021 250 9366
- Miss Claire Fromow (Staff Representative)
- Mrs Tina Hill (Board Secretary)
If you need to contact a member of the Board of Trustees you can do so by emailing BOT@stthomas.school.nz