Our Board of Trustees

"A school board must perform its functions and exercise its power 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."

Education Act 1989, S. 75

Board Handbook

This handbook is intended to help Boards of Trustees focus on those aspects of a state-integrated school that differ from a standard (non-integrated) state school. There are excellent governance guides available from the Ministry of Education and the School Trustees Association that cover aspects common to both.

This has been updated to reflect the 2017 legislative update to the Education Act (1989). Click here for the downloadable version

Purpose of a School Board

Every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a board of trustees. Boards bring families, communities and schools together to work towards a quality education for our children. The role of the school board of trustees is the governance and control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school and appoints a principal to provide the day to day management of the school. The Principal is required to comply with the board’s general policy directions but has discretion to manage the school on a day to day basis. The board focuses on the vision and policies for the school and is ultimately accountable for the school’s performance and compliance with legal requirements.

For more information about our current Board members, Board meetings, Board newsletters and how to contact the Board please see below.

What do the Board of Trustees do?

The school board has the overall responsibility for the governance of the school, including meeting certain legal obligations, responsibility for property, personnel, financial management, reporting to the Ministry and school community, and meeting national requirements set by the Ministry of Education.

School Charter:

The board sets direction through the school charter that the Principal and staff then put in place. It must also monitor and report annually on its progress towards these goals.

Click here for the Annual Report 2017

Click Here for the Annual Report 2018

Click Here for the Annual Report 2019

Board of Trustees Meetings

The Board meets once a month from February through to December. Meetings are open to the public however they are not public meetings where everyone has the right to speak. Speaking rights can be granted in advance by the Board Chair. Sometimes parts of the meeting are closed to the public when the board is discussing confidential matters.

In a typical board meeting you may see;

  • Setting of educational goals and strategic direction.
  • Reviewing and occasionally rewriting of policies.
  • Monitoring of how the school is progressing against its annual targets and how well students are achieving.
  • Decisions on how the school's funding will be spent.
  • Formulation and overseeing of the five year property plan.


Click here for the BOT Meeting Schedule 2019

Click here for the BOT Meeting Schedule 2020

How or why you might contact the Board

Any matters relevant to the day to day management of the school (whether administrative or educational) should in the first instance be directed to the school management. If you do not believe the school management has adequately dealt with your issue you may then escalate this to the Board chair.

Contact details for the school office and all teachers are available on the Our Staff section on this website. If your concern is about a matter which you don't feel able to discuss directly with the teacher or is of a more general nature you can then contact the Deputy Principal or the head of your child’s Learning Team:

Or at any time please be welcomed to contact the Principal (Sue Kubala). If the issue concerns the Principal you can contact the Board chair. You may also wish to raise questions regarding school policies, these can also be raised with the Board chair at siata@stmary.school.nz.

Board Members 2020

Si'ata Tavite

Chairperson and Proprietor's Representative. Malo e lelei! I started my journey at St Mary’s School as the parent of a new entrant in 2013. I now have three children attending. I was appointed to the Board in December 2017 and currently serve as a Proprietors Representative and Chairperson. I am passionate about strengthening relationships between the Board and the wider school community, with a specific focus on ensuring that Pasifika families are involved and engaged.

The members of the St Mary’s Board of Trustees are:

Si'ata Tavite - Chairperson / Proprietor’s Representative (siata@stmary.school.nz)

Sue Kubala - Principal (principal@stmary.school.nz)

Vicki Hyland - Staff Representative

Fr. George Areeckal C.Ss.R - Proprietor’s Representative and Parish Priest

Bernie Liddington - Proprietor’s Representative

Judy MacMenigall - Proprietor’s Representative

Desiree Pretty - Parent Representative

Amanda Griffiths - Parent Representative

Matt Bennett -Parent Representative

Jessie Lapthorne - Parent Representative

James Willoughby - Parent Representative

Paula Bridge - Minutes Secretary

The Board of Trustees can be contacted through the School Secretary, Laura Baker at laura@stmary.school.nz. Please note that all concerns regarding the management or day to day running of St Mary’s Catholic School should be directed to Mrs Sue Kubala, as principal, in the first instance, principal@stmary.school.nz.

Our policies are found on the School Docs Platform http://stmary.schooldocs.co.nz/