Board of Trustees

The school is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising parent representatives, a teacher representative and the Principal.

The Ministry of Education requires schools to have a Board which is structured in this way to ensure the interests of the wider school community are represented.

Representative members are generally elected through Board elections, which are held every three years. Information on the next election can be found further down this page.

The Kelburn Normal School current board members are:

  • Danielle Sanders (Acting Principal)
  • Tim Stewart (Parent Rep and Chairperson)
  • Susie Brown (Staff Rep)
  • Jozsef Bognar (Parent Rep)
  • Brent Burson (Parent Rep)
  • Lisa Moore (Parent Rep)
  • Andrew Ormsby (Parent Rep)
  • Martin Read (Parent Rep)

Role of the Board

Some key roles of the Board are to:

  • Ensure that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for the students.
  • Set the strategic direction of the school, in consultation with staff, parents, and students.
  • Approve the school's annual budget and report its operation to the community.
  • Govern the management of personnel, property, finance and administration.
  • Liaise closely with the Principal as the Professional Leader and Chief Executive Officer of the Board.
  • Liaise closely with the community, particularly through key groups such as the school’s Parent Teacher Association.
  • The Principal and staff are then responsible for implementing the strategic plan, as the overriding guide to the management of the school.

The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) has developed an area on its website called ‘Parent Place’ which has some excellent information for parents and caregivers regarding the role of boards of trustees. You can download a copy of ‘A parents guide to the role of the board of trustees’ here


Be involved

The Board encourages parents to become involved in the school. If you have questions or complaints, please follow the process of taking them initially to the teacher or staff member involved. If you don’t get a satisfactory response, the matter needs to be escalated to the Syndicate Leader, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal, Principal and, if necessary, the Board of Trustees.

Issues related to the day-to-day management of the school need to be discussed with the Principal, but the Board welcomes communication from parents in relation to the overall governance of the school. We will review and respond to any correspondence regularly.

Parents are also welcome to attend Board meetings, held monthly at the school. Check the school calendar or ask the office staff for meeting dates. Copies of minutes are available at the school office or from the Board secretary Loraine Best.

2016 Triennial board of Trustees election

This year, Kelburn Normal School will be undergoing a trustee election process. The election date will be on Friday the 3rd of June. The KNS Board of Trustees are elected by the parent community and staff members. The principal Andrew McFarlane, is also a member of the board.


Standing for election

Being a school trustee is an important and rewarding role, and KNS needs a board that is made up of people who have a range of skills, experience and knowledge in a variety of areas including; finance, law, communications, health and safety, personnel and property.


If you are interested becoming a school trustee, the board invites you to attend one of the monthly meetings so that you can see first hand what is involved. If you are interested in attending, please contact Loraine at the school office.

To download a copy of the nomination form click here

You can also check out this video from the NZSTA website or contact any of the current board members. They would be more than happy to talk to you about what is involved. Please ask at the office for contact details if you don’t have access to the directory.


Further information on becoming a school trustee is also available on the NZSTA Trustee Election website.


Key dates

W/C 2 May 2016

Call for nominations – nomination paperwork will be posted out and advertisements placed.

Noon 20 May 2016

Nominations close. All nominations must be received by this date.

23 May – 25 May 2016

Voting papers are issued and posted.

Noon 3 June 2016

Voting closes.

9 June 2016

Votes are counted and the results are declared.

10 June 2016

The new Board takes office.


Returning Officer

The board of trustees is required to appoint a returning officer for each election. The role of the returning officer is to conduct elections in accordance with legal procedures.


The Returning Officer for Kelburn Normal School is:

Loraine Best


Phone: 475 9351