Welcome everybody. We hope you made the most of the weather! As always our students have started the year with a bang. We are preparing for the triennial Boards of Trustees Elections and this newsletter contains all of the important dates around this event.

Board of Trustees Election coming next term!

The national Board of Trustees elections will be held next term and nominations open Friday 10th May and close at midday on Friday 24th May.

There are several things we would like share with you in this edition of The Glamorgan Goss in regards to joining the Board of Trustees. Please take the time to read through the information and improve your awareness of the role of Boards in general.

Stewardship vs Management…

One thing that we would like to highlight is the fact that being involved on the Board is a matter of stewardship as opposed to management. The Board is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and it ensures that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration. However, we are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and the programmes that are run in the classrooms or what time the bell should ring for lunch! It is our job to ensure that as a school we meet all our legal requirements and that we have an expert running the place. We are lucky to have an excellent principal who often goes above and beyond the call of duty and a dedicated staff (who are employed by the principal not us!) who always strive for our students to have access to quality programmes. Our job is to give them the best resources and environment we can for them to use in the best way possible. We might be more than a little biased but we think that Glamorgan has a long standing tradition of having strong, competent Boards. Our children are the beneficiaries of this excellent partnership.

Parent involvement …

Several of our board members will not be re-standing and we have taken the opportunity to get their feedback on being a Board member to better explain the role.

As a parent who endeavours to take responsibility for my children’s educational needs and to ensure that in their critical development years they receive the best preparation possible for their future education and the best possible attention to their wellbeing whilst in other’s care, I put myself forward to be on the Glamorgan School Board of Trustees. Over the past 3 terms (9 years) this has been a highly rewarding experience, albeit it challenging at times. As a result of being a member of the Board of Trustees I have had the opportunity to work with the Principal and other Board members to help formulate strategic planning that ensured high quality curriculum delivery, the financial stability of the school and help improve upon the facilities that our children spend a large proportion of their life in and around while they are at school. Obviously there has been some time and effort involved, but this has been far outweighed by looking back at what has been achieved for the children and wider community over the past few years. Given my own experiences as a Board member, I encourage other parents to put aside any doubts or concerns that they may have about being in a position of responsibility for our school’s future success and put themselves forward to help keep Glamorgan School at the forefront of the North Shore’s learning facilities.

As a mother of three children I have had a child at Glamorgan School for the last 10 years. This meant that the long-term quality of academic education and the wider experience my children would receive at Glamorgan School was important. I saw joining the Board as an opportunity to ensure that not only my children but all children, both present and future, got the best education that we as a community and school could offer. I also felt that my background as a secondary school teacher gave me some understanding of the demands on the teaching staff and the various aspects of what a school can offer. It was also something that I could do to support the school that fitted into a busy, working Mum’s life!

I have totally enjoyed my three terms on the Board. For me, the time spent at meetings (and a small amount of time outside of these) has given me the opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ of the running of a school. Perhaps a list of some of the things this Board has been involved in would help you understand more about the role? Among a lot of other things we have: approved school charters; been interviewed by ERO; had monthly reports from the principal regarding rolls/staffing/professional development; monthly budget reports; checked through all school policies; had various key staff members present what is going on in their given area; approved the purchase of tractors/pool covers/computers and iPads/Mimios/playground matting/refurbishing of classrooms/building of new learning areas; dealt with the council regarding traffic; run parent surveys; sorted drainage, security lighting and the list goes on … ! In a nutshell it is a broad and varied role that involves working with the wonderful principal, staff and community to make our children’s school an excellent place to enjoy their first six years of education.

Key information

Wednesday 8 May at 7pm.

Current board members would like to welcome you to meet with them in the school staffroom to answer any questions you have about putting yourself forward as a trustee and to talk about their experience as board members.

We hope that this information will encourage you to think about standing for the upcoming elections. If nothing else, we hope that you are now more aware of the process of voting and the role of the Board. Please ensure you take the opportunity to send in your voting papers on time. This is your chance to have a say in who will represent you and your children for the next three years.

If you have further questions on the voting procedures please contact the School’s Returning Officer Sara Quinn on (09) 473 6453.