What is the role of the Board?
Every state and state-integrated school and kura in New Zealand has a Board that governs it.
The Board is a Crown entity. A Crown entity is an organisation that is part of New Zealand’s public sector.
The Board’s job is to see that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically, and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.
It is also the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school or kura. The principal is the Board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the school or kura in line with the Board’s direction and policies.
What does the Board do?
First and foremost a Board is accountable for student progress and achievement to its parents, community and the Crown. The Board has the overall responsibility and accountability for the school or kura. The legal responsibilities of the Board are determined by the Education Act of 1989. Section 75 of the Act outlines the functions and powers of Boards:
The Board is elected every three years by parents and staff. It is comprised of five parent trustees elected by the parent community, the principal and one staff trustee elected by the school staff.
Here are some of the specific things Boards do:
- Set the strategic direction and long-term plans for the school or kura in consultation with the school or kura’s community.
- Monitor the Board’s progress against the charter goals and targets. Monitor and evaluate student progress and achievement.
- Oversee the management of staff, property, finances, curriculum and administration.
- A school’s Board must perform its functions and exercise its powers in such a way as to ensure that every student at the school is able to attain his or her highest possible standard in educational achievement
- Except to the extent that any enactment or the general law of New Zealand provides otherwise, a school’s Board has complete discretion to control the management of the school as it thinks fit. Ensure that government priorities are met. Fulfil the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi by valuing and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage. Appoint and support the principal and assess their performance. Act as good employers to all staff at the school or kura.
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At Tirimoana School
The Board usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the school staffroom. Parents are welcome to attend.
Below are the current members of the Board and the Executive Officer who serves as the Board secretary.
Mr Kaiser began his teaching career in 1975 training at Auckland Secondary Teachers College and the University of Auckland. He graduated with a BA in History, and post graduate studies in Education, Psychology and Anthropology. He has taught in a number of schools in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, at Secondary, Intermediate and Primary levels. As well, Mr Kaiser taught in Special Education for 5 years and completed a Diploma in Special Education. Mr Kaiser completed his Master of Education in Professional Studies with 1st class Honours at Auckland University. He has been Principal at Tirimoana School for over 25 years. He established and led the Te Atatu Community of Learning with 8 other West Auckland Schools.
Mrs Graham completed her teacher training in 1999 at Auckland University and gained a Diploma in Teaching. She had previously gained a BA in History and Political Studies in 1981 and an MA in History in 1983. She joined the teaching team at Tirimoana in 2000 and was appointed a Senior Teacher in 2006. Mrs Graham is a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is the school liaison teacher and mentor for student teachers for our university partners. Mrs Graham will continue to lead Mathematics in our school and act as mentor for our Mathematics Specialist Teacher this year. Mrs Graham has a Community of Learning role across all our partner schools and she continues to work with our Enviro Group.
Hi, my name is Shirley and I have been part of the Administration Team here at Tirimoana School since 1994. Over the years as well as working in the office in accounts I was able to garden 1 day a week with the Enviro Group for several Years. I am also the secretary for the Board of Trustees.