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.
I’m grateful to be serving on the School Board as it lets me give back and contribute to my community. I value the role Tirimoana school plays in the local community and I’m passionate about making sure it continues to thrive.
We live just up the road, so we’re often heading to or from school and I’ve enjoyed getting to know other parents, children and dogs at school drop offs and over the weekends when we bump into others making use of the school grounds.
I work in communications and corporate affairs and have held senior roles in a variety of corporate environments, working with boards and senior management on governance matters, stakeholder relations, and fulfilling regulatory and financial disclosure obligations. In recent years I’ve taken advantage of being able to work from home more often, which means I can spend more time with my family and be a bigger part of the school community. It’s this connection that led me to stand for the board. Seeing our daughter attend our local Playcentre, kindergarten, and now school, I’ve seen the role these institutions play in building and supporting the community. Tirimoana School is a hugely positive influence, and as a Board member I’m dedicated to helping this continue.
I’m a strong supporter of the Enviro Schools programme, and the role schools play in enabling a wide range of positive educational and social experiences for children.
my name is Anna Lemalu and I’m looking forward to serving on the School Board and representing you and your children.
My husband and I have three children; one attends Tirimoana, one at University and our
youngest attends a local daycare.
I know that Tirimoana is a fantastic place for our children to be attending and I am genuinely excited
about contributing to the continuation of quality education, and ensuring that participation and
opportunities are available to all students, as well as making sure that staff have the right tools,
resources and support to accomplish this.
Professionally, I work as a Senior Forensic Scientist at ESR, a role I am very passionate about. Making
a contribution to, and building relationships within the local community is also very important to me.
Our family plays and coaches softball, attend swimming lessons and participate in Scouts.
Ko Mauao tōku maunga
Ko Tauranga tōku moana
Ko Huria tōku marae
Ko Ngāti Ranginui tōku iwi
Ko Ben Wood tōku ingoa.
I work for the Te Whatu Ora Health NZ ( Waitemata ) as a B4SC Vision & Hearing Technician, and along
side Plunket. I love working with the community - knowing we are helping everyone who needs assistance
only for them, but their family.
I am looking forward to working alongside the team at Tirimoana School. And, ensuring the best
outcomes for the future of our tamariki. Keeping them safe, and our kaiako.
I look forward to the next three years, and feel free to stop and say hello.
Kia ora and Bula!
My name is Aleem Shah. Rose and I are parents to Ayaan who attends Tirimoana School. Primary school is a foundation of a child’s education and the process of learning through which we acquire knowledge is gained through these years which will enlighten, empower, and creates a positive development. It also gives the all-round mental, physical, and intellectual growth and development of a child.
I was born and raised in Fiji, I relocated to New Zealand in 2002 after finishing my tertiary education and having worked for 2 years at Ministry of Health Fiji as Medical Imaging Technologist.
In New Zealand I have worked at Wanganui District Health and Wellington District Health Board before settling in Auckland where I took a clinical management role for 12 years with a private specialist cardiac facility.
My current passion, project and focus is on a Healthcare sustainability project through our recently established company called WE Square. The project aims to reduce the single use plastics generated by the medical system in New Zealand and ending up in the landfills. I am also the Managing Director of Heart International which is based in Fiji, and I also sit on the Board of trustees for Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation, a New Zealand registered charity Foundation, which provides lifesaving Heart surgeries for poor and needy people of Fiji.
I am honoured to be given the opportunity to work alongside staff and the students at Tirimoana and the wider community. I strongly believe that our Tamariki are our future. They need a solid education that gives them the skills they need to keep on learning throughout their lives. Their educational setting should mirror the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity that makes up our wonderful land of the long white cloud - Aotearoa.
Its a privilege to be your voice and represent your Tamariki as a Board member at Tirimoana school.