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About our Board of Trustees

The Campbells Bay School Board of Trustees includes parents, one staff representative and the Principal. Elections for the board take place every three years.

The Board of Trustees meets in the school conference room, as near as possible to the fourth Wednesday of every month during term time. Board meetings are open for anyone to attend, but they are not public meetings. This means members of the public may attend, but will be asked to leave when the board goes into committee, and do not have speaking or voting rights.


Elected Parent Trustees: Vicki Caisley (Chairperson), John Fraser-MackenzieJennifer Hanton, Doug Whitcombe, Jennifer Orman
Principal: John McGowan
Staff Trustee: Janice Brown

CBS Charter

The Campbells Bay School Charter is the founding document of the school laid out by our Board of Trustees to the Government. It is an undertaking by the Board and outlines how the school is best managed and organised, the expected conduct of the school, and how our administration works.

The Board’s responsibilities towards the school curriculum are outlined in the National Education Guidelines, the National Administration Guidelines and National Curriculum Statements. These are considered part of our Charter. The Board is authorised to include local curriculum goals that reflect the particular values and needs of our community. These values and needs are evidenced by the school’s mission statement and local goals.

CBS Charter 2017

Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees

In order to ensure good oversight over our main activities, the members of the Board of Trustees are allocated governance portfolios related to the school’s key functions. The day-to-day operational management of the school is the responsibility of the principal and the leadership team.

John Fraser-Mackenzie

Jennifer HantonBoard Charter/Governance
Legal and Policies
Vicki CaisleyChairperson
Ministry of Education
Human Resources
Principal John McGowanFriends of Campbells Bay School
Board Secretary (by protocol)
Janice BrownHealth and Safety
Doug WhitcombeProperty
Jennifer OrmanCommunications

About the Governance of Campbells Bay School

The Board is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders in Campbells Bay School, and is accountable for the school’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the standards and vision for the school, and ensures Campbells Bay complies with all legal and policy requirements. Policies are made at a governance level and outline clear delegations to the Principal.

Along with the Principal, the board serves as part of the leadership team, and the Principal reports to the board as a whole. In serving the school the board is proactive rather than reactive, and does not involve itself in the daily operational matters of the school. The board places student achievement as its focus, and aims to ask the right questions to best advance the success of the pupils.

If you are interested in reading more about the governance of schools in New Zealand, the New Zealand School Trustee Association website is a good place to start.

Role of the Board

The Board of Trustees is accountable for the management of the school. It ensures the goals laid out in the school’s Charter are achieved through good practises. The Board serves a number of practical purposes, including setting strategic goals, determining board policy, delegating powers to the appropriate groups of individuals, and reviewing how well all of those functions are being performed.

The Principal manages the school within the parameters set by the policies of the Board. The Board and Principal work in partnership to provide and maintain overviews of school activities, develop and review board policy, provide strategic direction and keep track of progress on all these fronts.

Info Documents

2015 Strategic Plan

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Financial Management at Campbells Bay School 2015 

2014 Financial Statements
2013 Financial Statements

2017 BOT Newsletter Term 3 2017

2017 BOT Newsletter Term 2 2017
2017 BOT Newsletter Term 1 2017

2016 BOT Newsletter – Term 2

2016 bot-newsletter-september-2016

2015 BOT Newsletter Term 1

2014 BOT Newsletter Term 4
2014 BOT Newsletter Term 3
2014 BOT Newsletter Term 2

2013 BOT Newsletter Term 4
2013 BOT Newsletter Term 3
2013 BOT Newsletter Term 2