Establishment Board of Trustees (eBoT)

Every state school and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a board of trustees (BoT). Our Establishment Board of Trustees (eBoT) is currently made up of six members who are responsible for our governance.

It is interesting to note that our current eBoT will also be the eBoT for the Ormiston Junior College which is wonderful for consistency across our Ormiston Community Campus. Once both schools are established there will be a BoT election (early 2017) for 5 members which will include:

  • the Leader of Learning as the board’s chief executive, professional advisor and educational leader
  • parent elected representatives from the community
  • an elected staff representative
  • co-opted trustees (optional)

Our Establishment Board of Trustees (eBoT) is tasked with starting up Ormiston Primary School. The eBoT has 5 members plus our Leader of Learning and they meet regularly to monitor the progress of our school build and all matters pertaining to governance. They  create policies & procedures and co-construct our school Charter, amongst other responsibilities. Our regular Board of Trustees (BoT) will be elected by our community.

Board’s role

Boards of trustees are accountable to parents and caregivers, their local communities, the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Education, other government agencies and the public, for their actions and performance.

The board is the employer of all the school’s staff and is responsible for:

  • setting the school’s strategic and policy direction in consultation with parents, staff and learners
  • ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its learners
  • overseeing the management of curriculum, staff, property, finance and administration
  • constantly monitoring and reviewing progress against targets to inform future planning.

The board must have a charter, which sets out long-term goals and annual targets determining the school’s priorities. The board must monitor and report annually to its community and the Ministry of Education on progress towards those goals and targets.

“We strive to consult with the local community to ensure that the school meets community objectives. The establishment board is provided with a modest administration budget by the Ministry of Education. The board’s task was to develop the initial vision for the school, advertise for and employ a Leader of Learning and to put in place the policies and procedures required in order to open the school. It is an exciting journey for us all!”

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“Trustees bring a depth of experience and expertise to their roles, and are continuing to build individual and collective capability. The Establishment Board is also responsible for the establishment of Ormiston Junior College. Trustees are considering strategies to ensure a well-managed transition to an elected board of trustees to serve both schools in 2017.” (ERO, 2015)

Karen Gibson
Karen GibsonBoard Chairperson
Karen is the inaugural Board Chair of Ormiston Primary School. She is married to Ian and together they have three children, the youngest of whom is finishing his formal education at Unitec this year. Karen enjoys spending time with her grandson, who reminds her why the future for our children is so important. Karen has had varied community involvement through various schools, sports clubs, Santa parades as well as Riding for Disabled where she currently coaches. Karen has been a part of local intermediate and secondary school Boards of Trustees for the last 14 years. Part of Karen’s role as an executive member of the School Trustees Association (STA) is to provide training for trustees throughout the Auckland area. She enjoys the challenges school governance offers and being a member of the Board of Trustees establishing Ormiston Primary School has been a real privilege. The board works as a forward thinking, compassionate group of trustees who will ensure the Ormiston community has an exciting and innovative school where children and whanau can connect and learn about their world in a real community hub.
Heath McNeil
Heath McNeil Leader of Learning
Heath grew up in Pakuranga and attended Riverina School, Pakuranga Intermediate and Edgewater College. A Bachelor of Arts in Education and Geography at the University of Auckland followed school. Heath then achieved a Diploma of Teaching from the Auckland College of Education.

Heath is the Leader of Learning at Ormiston Primary School and is currently the secretary of the Auckland Primary Principals Association and is a member of the Executive.

Heath’s passion outside of education is football which he played to a National League level and represented the New Zealand Universities team. He has coached at an International level at U15 and U19 age groups for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Association.

Heath lives in Dannemora with his wife Sally, who is an Early Childhood teacher and they have three children.

Alan Curtis
Alan CurtisTrustee
Alan has over 20 years experience working with schools in governance and has considerable experience in the role and objectives of boards of trustees in today’s education environment. He is currently the board chair of two school boards, and fills a number of special adviser roles for different schools. Alan also provides training for boards of trustees through the Ministry training programme and is currently developing a range of new training material covering the board’s role in finance and in property and asset management.

Alan has a strong commercial management background as a manager and qualified accountant in the IT industry. He has extensive experience in employment matters, strategic thinking planning and direction, school accounting and finance and especially in ICT.

Abbas Koleini
Abbas KoleiniTrustee
Abbas Koleini has a BE in IE, an MSc in Finance and is currently a Senior Analyst with Fletcher Building. Abbas has been living in Flat Bush for last 10 years with his family and is also a member of Flat Bush Community Group Board. Abbas is also the father of two sons who attend OrmPS.

Farida Dean
Farida DeanTrustee
I work at Auckland Council as a Resource Consents Planner. Eleven years ago, we moved here from Australia the best decision we had ever made. I live with my husband and two girls who attend OMPS . I am keen to be on the Board for Ormiston Primary.

Harpal Singh
Harpal SinghTrustee
Harpal Singh is from India and possesses a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and works as an IT Manager.
Harpal lives with his beautiful family within the Ormiston Primary School Zone and is passionate about making his contribution towards the community in one or the other way to help develop the community a better place for the future citizens.
Harpal believes in continuous improvements for achieving the set goals by being collaborative and committed. He prefers to spend free time with his daughter in her curious world.
Lakhmi Venkatesan
Lakhmi Venkatesan Trustee
Lakhmi Venkatesan has a BE, ME and an MSC in International Construction Management and is currently a Regional Manager with Electrix Ltd.

Lakhmi is living within the Ormiston Primary Zone with his family.

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