Being a school trustee is an important role that needs people with a range of skills and experiences, who will make a positive difference to our children’s learning.
The Methven Primary School Board of Trustees has what is called a ‘rotating’ board. This means that we have Board elections every 18 months where only half the positions come up for election rather than all positions every three years.
Elections this year will be held in June for 3 parent representatives for a three-year term.
Nominations are now invited for the election of 3 parent representatives to the board of trustees.
You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed.
Additional nomination forms can also be obtained from the school office.
Nominations close at noon on Friday 24 May 2019 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph.
The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.
There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.
If an election is required, voting papers will be sent out by Wednesday 29 May and voting will close at noon on Friday 7 June.
The votes will be counted on Thursday 13 June 2019. The results will be declared on Friday 14 June 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to trustees do?
Trustees work together to support teaching and learning and the ongoing improvement of student achievement, including:
- Set the educational goals and strategic direction of the school
- Monitor how the school is progressing against its annual targets, and how well students are achieving
- Support the principal and support the development of all staff
- Oversee the management of staff, property, finances, curriculum and administration.
When are the Board meetings?
Our Board currently meets on a Wednesday evening, twice a term.
What skills do I need?
Our Board needs a range of competencies, skills & personal qualities:
- Visionary leadership
- Strategic & analytical thinkers
- Practical people
- People who can communicate well and are team players
- Strategic expertise
- Financial and legal understanding
- Risk and people management
- Property development skills
- Knowledge of the education environment
- Curiosity & Courage
- Interpersonal skills
- Genuine interest in the school and its students
- Time and commitment, a willingness to learn
It is not expected that each trustee will have all of these skills, but a range of skills across the Board is essential.
There are a number of ways to find out more about becoming a school trustee:
- Visit the New Zealand School Trustee Website.
- Come along to our next Board meeting to see how it all works (Wednesday 15 May 2019). Please contact our Board Secretary, Michelle Bungard to arrange attending the meeting. Email or phone 03 302 8500.
- Speak with a current school trustee whose position is not up for renewal (Anna Johnson, Denise King, Hamish Monk) or with Shane Stockdill who is not seeking re-election.
- Speak with our staff Board Representative, Helen Breach.
- Speak with our principal or Deputy Principals.
- Speak with our Board Secretary, Michelle Bungard.
- Other useful information is available by clicking on the following link: A Parent’s Guide to the Role of the Board of Trustees.