Board of Trustees


  • Andrea Gardner (Chairperson)
  • Gerard Lieshout (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Kym Scown (Principal)
  • Jude Edwards (Staff Representative)
  • Clare Giffard (Parent Elected Trustee)
  • Rebecca Searle (Parent Elected Trustee)
  • Louise Johnson (Co-Opted Trustee)
  • Allanah Sheddan (Board Secretary)


About the Board of Trustees

It is a legal requirement for all schools to be governed by a Board of Trustees.  The board is a crown entity and is responsible for the governance of the school and ensuring the National Education Guidelines are met. The legal, financial, and ethical obligations of the school boards of trustees are set out in a number of different Acts of Parliament.   The Education Act 1989 specifies some accountabilities that provide the government with assurance that high quality learning programmes are offered at the school and that resources are being used effectively and efficiently.  

Board trustees are appointed in a set of elections managed by the school under the guidance of the Ministry of Education.

The responsibilities of the board are clearly set out in section 75 of the Education Act 1989.s.75 Boards to control management of schools -Except to the extent that may enactment or the general law of New Zealand provides otherwise, a school's board has completed discretion to control the management of the school as it thinks fit.Other relevant legislation includes: the State Sector Act 1988, the Crown Entities Act 2004, the Official Information Act 1982, the Privacy Act 1993, the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, the Human Rights Act 1993, and the New Zealand bill of Rights Act 1993.  Acts of Parliaments can be accessed at

It is the responsibility of the board to publish annually a school charter.  The charter establishes the mission, aims, objectives, directions and targets of the board that will give effect to the Government's national education guidelines and the Boards priorities. It is an undertaking by the Board to the Minister of Education to ensure that the school is managed, organised, conducted, and administered for the purposes set out.  

Each year the board is required to prepare an annual report, this legal requirement along with the minimum to be included is contained in the Education Act 1989 and the Crown Entities Act 2004.  Effectively this is to ensure the board is publically accountable for how the school’s revenue is spend and for the use and maintenance of the school’s buildings and land, which are crown resources.

Boards are also responsible for:

  • Roll returns
  • Being a good employer
  • Safety and Education Outside the Classroom
  • Emergency Management Planning

The standard constitution of a board of trustees is:
  • School Programmes located off site.
  • 5 parent elected representatives
  • The principal
  • A staff representative
  • Co-opted trustees
The number of parent representatives can be altered if required to meet the needs of the school.  The membership of the board of trustees can also be altered to better reflect the school community it serves.

Code of Ethics

The board is committed to ethical conduct in all areas of its responsibilities and authority. Trustees shall:
  • Ensure the needs of all students and their achievement is paramount. 
  • Be loyal to the organisation and its mission.
  • Respect the integrity of the principal and staff.
  • Observe the confidentiality of non-public information acquired in their roles as trustees and not disclose to any other persons such information that might be harmful to the school.
  • Be diligent and attend board meetings prepared for full and appropriate participation in decision making.
  • Ensure that individual trustees do not act independently of the board’s decisions.
  • Speak with one voice through its adopted policies and ensure that any disagreements with the board’s stance are resolved within the board.
  • Avoid any conflicts of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibility.
  • Recognise the lack of authority in any individual trustee or subgroup of the board in any interaction with the principal or staff.
  • Recognise that only the chairperson can speak for the board.
  • Continually self-monitor their individual performance as trustees against policies and against any other current board evaluation tools.

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Media Gallery

Andrea Gardner
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Gerard Lieshout
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Kym Scown
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Clare Giffard
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Rebecca Searle
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Louise Johnson
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Izaac Simon
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Education Review Office
Boards of Trustees Responsibilities in relation to the NZ Curriculum

Property Management

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Inland Revenue

Education Counts

New Zealand Council for Educational Research

ICT and School Networks

Classroom Projectors