Welcome everyone. We hope you made the most of the good weather as we now move into Winter. We are halfway through the year already and so far it has been very busy along with Covid disruptions on top of our very challenging year last year. It is wonderful however to have everyone at school enjoying all the activities. There are many children away at different times at the moment which is tricky to manage but the Senior Management Team are diligently working very hard to keep things going as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately Year 6 Camp had to be cancelled but there are plans for exciting activities in Term 4 for the Year 6 team. Thank you to all the Glamorgan Staff for your tireless efforts especially in these challenging times. Also a big thanks to all involved in contributing to the success of Glamorgan School whether it be academic, sporting, socially or culturally.
As a Board we are preparing for the triennial School Board Elections and this newsletter contains all of the important dates and a bit of information around this event. This was originally scheduled for May 2022 but has now been moved to September 2022 after all the delays experienced.
School Board Election coming next term!
The national School Board elections will be held next term and nominations for this election close at midday on Friday 15 July 2022 and Election Day is Wednesday 7 September 2022. This year we are excited to also advise that the elections will be run electronically for the first time with guidance from the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA).
There are several things we would like to share with you in this edition of The Glamorgan Gazette with regards to joining the School Board. Please take the time to read through the information and improve your awareness of the role of School Boards in general.
School Board Information
One of the School Board’s primary objectives is making sure every child reaches their highest possible standard in educational achievement. The Board has overall responsibility and accountability for the school and their legal responsibilities are determined by the Education and Training Act 2020. The primary objectives set out by the Act are ensuring student achievement for all of its students, including for those of differing needs, making sure the school is a safe place for all, and giving effect to the Treaty of Waitangi.
The school community elects five parent representatives and along with one staff representative and the Principal this makes up the School Board. Anyone in the community can become a board member. If you care about education in your community and want to make a difference the most valuable skills board members can bring to the board table according to the NZSTA (New Zealand School Trustees Association) are:
- Work well as part of a team.
- Not afraid to ask challenging questions.
- Have good communication skills.
- Be connected to their community.
Day to day management and running of the school is not up to the School Board but they are involved in the Governance of schools ie: stewardship. The Board is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensures a safe environment and quality education for all students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration and health and safety. We are lucky to have an excellent Principal who often goes above and beyond the call of duty as well as a dedicated staff (employed by the Principal) 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.
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 – Informal Meet and Greet
Current Board Members would like to welcome you to meet with them at 6.30 pm in the school staffroom prior to the next Board Meeting at 7 pm to answer any questions you may have about putting yourself forward as a Board Member and to talk about their experience as Board Members. This is a very casual chat if you are interested in putting yourself forward and we welcome you to come along.
|Nominations to be submitted by||Friday 15 July 2022|
|Voting papers issued online to all parents with children at Glamorgan School who are on the roll||Wednesday 10th August 2022|
|Election Day – closing of votes||4pm Wednesday 7 September 2022|
|Accept postal votes||Monday 12 September 2022|
|Count Votes||Tuesday 13 September 2022|
|Board Takes Office||Wednesday 14 September 2022|
We hope this information will encourage you to think about standing for the upcoming election. If nothing else, we hope you are now more aware of the process of voting and the role of the School Board. Please ensure you take the opportunity to submit your vote 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 – Rima Hanmer on (09) 473 6453.