20 May 2019

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Board of Trustees Elections are coming up. Torbay School operates on staggered election terms. This means that three seats are up for election in June, and in 18 months’ time the other two seats will be up for election.

Being a Board Trustee involves governing the school with the main focus of improving student achievement. The Board is responsible for the School Charter which includes the direction the school is heading and the strategic goals to achieve it. Decisions we make are around student achievement, property, health and safety, finances and employment to list a few.

The Board is made up of 5 parent/caregiver trustees, a staff trustee and the principal. It is an important responsibility and is necessary as the Board represents our community and our individual school needs.

Torbay School is looking for three Board Trustees in this coming election. No previous experience of being on a board is necessary. There is lots of support when you become a Trustee, through the school board and through outside agencies such as NZSTA. While it is a commitment being a Board Trustee, there are many positive benefits too. Here are a few reflections on being on our Board from some past and present members:

“There have been many opportunities to learn new things, and participate in a high performing environment”

“You feel like you are part of a passionate and well-meaning team that really cares about kids”

“It gives you great insight into the amount of time, energy and thought that goes into developing learning programmes specific to our learners”

“Opportunity to meet fellow parents and further integrate myself into this amazing community”

“Great to give back to the hardworking teachers at the school and the wider community”

“The team is totally passionate about achievement, culture, innovation, community and well-being of the students”

If you are interested or want to know more please feel free to email me at [email protected], Gary O’Brien at [email protected] or contact Rachel Mayne at the office who is our Returning Officer for the elections [email protected].

Nominations close on Friday 24 May at midday.

Kind regards,

Rachel McKenlay
Torbay School Board of Trustees Chair