Board of Trustees

Welcome to Turuturu School

This is the Board of Trustees page.

We develop policy and do everything we can to help make  Turuturu School the very best place 

for our children and yours too.

The 2024 School Charter is the result of extensive discussion and consultation within the Board of Trustees, the staff and the wider community.

What is the Board of Trustees?

The Board is a group of parents/caregivers  who have been elected or appointed to act on behalf of the community to ensure the successful education of all children enrolled at the school.

In Turuturu Schools case the Board is made up of 5 elected parent representatives, 1 elected staff representative and the Principal.

What is the Board of Trustees or?

Every state school, or state integrated school in NZ has a Board of Trustees, who act on behalf of the school’s community to ensure that the school continuously improves student progress and achievement outcomes. The board is a separate Crown entity charged with controlling “the management of the school” and as such is accountable to its parents, the community and to the government.

What does the Board do?

The board provides strategic leadership and direction to the school. Turuturu School has a well developed policy framework which gives direction to guide all school activities.  The board needs to ensure the school’s policies are maintained and relevant at all times. The board is also responsible for providing a Charter for the school – which outlines how we will ensure the school is managed, organised and administered properly.

We use "school docs" as a governance tool. (Link Below)

An important point to understand is that the Board is not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. Our Principal (Richard Bradley) has overall responsibility for day-to-day management of the school, within the policies and delegations established and approved by the Board.

The Education Act 1989 defines the difference in roles as:

The board governs, 'setting the policies by which the school is to be controlled and managed'.

The principal complies with the boards general policy directions and has complete discretion to manage as the Principal sees fit the schools day to day administration.

How does the Board Work?

Well, we meet generally every 4 to 5 weeks. An agenda is issued in advance, along with supporting information.  Matters will be discussed and follow up actions agreed at the meeting. Minutes of each meeting are documented and available on request. 

There are a wide range of topics for the Board to consider and therefore, in order to make the best use of the time and skills of each Board Member, we have decided to allocate areas of responsibility for the Board. 

A Boards primary objective in governing the school is to ensure that every student at the school is able to attain his or her highest possible standard in educational achievement.

All Board members have an equal say and right to participate in any Board discussions/activities.  This is true of policy review and otehr Board roles.

Sub committee decisions need to be ratified by the full Board.

Who are the Board of Trustees?

The current members of the Board of Trustees are as follows:

Rebecca Phillips: Presiding Member

Kirsten Gilbert:  School Docs policy review

Leesa Phillips:  Finance

Glenn Fendall:  Property

Elise  Soothill:  Staff Representative

Richard Bradley:  Principal

How Can You Get in Touch?

The Board of Trustee meetings are “open” meetings – that means that any of you are welcome to come along and join us to observe the meetings any time you want to.
You can check with the school office for the next scheduled meeting. 

Meetings are generally held every 4 to 5 weeks on a Wednesday evening at 6pm.

More Information

School Docs Login

Here is the link to our policy website.

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Here is the Principal's email.  Principal

Most recent  financial accounts. (2022)