Board of Trustees

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Board of Trustees update – Construction for new learning space to begin early 2021 (click here for a translated Chinese BOT Parent Communication Letter.docx)

The Board is delighted to announce that construction of our long-awaited permanent classrooms is scheduled to begin in March 2021. Replacing the current relocatable classrooms on the school field, the new permanent classroom block on the netball court, will be a much-needed addition to our current school buildings.

(Concept sketch from GHD of the Aberdeen Road view)

We are excited to share with you the latest designs of this new build, which will provide teaching and learning space for 14 classes. For the past two years, a committee of architects, Ministry of Education property advisors, and school representatives have been planning the design of this new classroom block. The design reflects the latest evidence based research on how environments can enhance successful outcomes for all students.

The build has gone through three independent ‘design review panel’ submissions for critique as part of the Ministry of Education’s design process. The new classrooms are appropriate for all year groups and designed to respond to the ever-changing needs of the school. Parents and children can view the new space through the QR code, which offers a 3D virtual walkthrough of the new space that has been emailed through to them.

(Concept sketch from GHD of the school side view)

During the design process, it was identified that the new build will impact trees on CBS grounds. Over the course of 2020, the Board has investigated how to continue with the new learning space without affecting any trees. This included exploring different sites for the new classrooms as well as investigating redesigning the building and considering not building at all.

Despite investigating all possible avenues, the Board and Ministry of Education have confirmed the only option to make way for the new classroom block is to remove eight native trees, including seven Pōhutukawa and one Norfolk Pine along Aberdeen Road. An arborist report has confirmed re-planting the trees on another site is not feasible in this case.

The trees along Aberdeen Road hold a special place in many local hearts in the community and at the school. However, in their place, 12 semi-mature native trees will be re-planted on school grounds following the completion of the new classrooms in late 2022. As advised by the MOE project arborist, the board have plans to plant a number of additional young trees that will offset the carbon emissions that the removed trees helped to reduce.

We are working closely with the Ministry of Education to address any community concerns about the trees. The Ministry has approached the organisers of a community group for a meeting to discuss the matter directly. The Ministry will manage this matter going forward. If you would like to contact the Ministry with your concerns, please email [email protected]

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 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.

The Board of Trustees set the strategic direction of the school alongside the senior management team.


Board Member Role
Rachael Taylor Principal
Janice Brown Staff Trustee
Jennifer Hanton Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
Jennifer Orman Elected Parent Trustee
Kim Daji Elected Parent Trustee
Charlie Wang Elected Parent Trustee
Herbert Sima Elected Parent Trustee

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.

2020 dates – meetings held in the school conference room at 7.30pm

  • Tuesday 27 October
  • Tuesday 24 November

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. Please look under About Us on the dropdown menu for our School Charter.

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