The school is administered by the Board of Trustees. It is their job to make the strategic decisions necessary for the school to achieve the goals set out in the school charter. They are responsible for putting in place and monitoring policies to make sure that those goals are achieved.
The Board of Trustees includes five trustees, who are elected by parents every three years, as well as the Principal and a staff representative. Meetings are held monthly and all parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. It is a good way to find out more about the school. Minutes and reports of these meetings are available at the office.
Current Board Members
Tēnā tātou katoa, ka tika me mihi ki ō tātou pouako. Ka nui rā ā koutou mahi, tō koutou aroha ki ā tātou tamariki. He mihi mutunga kore. I have three tamariki at RSS, Nīkau, Tui are both in Poutokomanawa, loving every meneti of it, and Manaia in Flying Niners currently being transformed into a 6 year old meteorologist. I look forward to continue my work with the Board, David and the senior leadership team – it does feel like I have been in training for four years. We have a great bunch of people who strive for the best for our children. My portfolio is Māori so have a kōrero with me at school during pick-up, drop-offs, catch up at Iti Rearea, the whānau meeting, or email me with any of your ideas to the link below. Mauri ora ki a tātou!
Hi Everyone, I am glad to be part of the BoT at RSS as Co-Board Chairperson. We have a dynamic group of people on the Board and we are committed to improving the achievement of all our students at RSS. Our two daughters love being part of the RSS Whanau which focuses on quality learning, creativity and the fostering of excellence and lifelong learning. I am passionate about creating a safe supportive environment which offers the opportunity to explore, extend, challenge and celebrate learning.
I also believe that teachers should also be offered every opportunity to be learners and extend themselves, which in turn, benefits the children. I currently hold the eLearning portfolio and enjoy talking about education, teaching and learning and how our community can be involved.
Hi I’m Andy, I have three children attending RSS (Alex, Mikaela and Lachie). I am absolutely thrilled to be a new member of the Board of Trustees and I am really looking forward to working with the fantastic team at RSS. My portfolio is property which looks like it will keep me busy as there are some really exciting projects coming up.
Please feel free to come and have a chat or email me on the address below if you have any questions.
Cindy Irvine: co-chairperson
Hi I’m Cindy and I have three children, with two currently at RSS. Our family love being a part of this school and the community that has grown around it. I have a work background in Human Resources and I am part of the RSS Supporters’ Club. I have been a member of the RSS Board for four years and have enjoyed working with a proficient team setting into place strategies that allow our children to thrive, celebrate their individuality and to achieve to the best of their abilities. I am currently Co-Chairperson with AJ and hold the Personnel portfolio. I would love the chance to get to know families better. Feel free to approach me for a chat.
Hi, my name is Leanne and I feel truly privileged to be a parent representative on RSS Board of Trustees. Our three girls, in years 0, 4, and 5, love attending Russell St School. I have enjoyed being a part of our amazing school community through the Supporters Club and through school activities. I have a background in Childcare and Teaching and feel passionate about education and the opportunities it creates. I am looking forward to working with the great team that we have on our Board of Trustees to continue the amazing work that is already taking place and looking to the future. I am in the school often so please feel free to come up and say Hi!
Kia ora, my name is Elly and it is my privilege to be the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees. I joined the BoT mid 2015 and I love working alongside such a collaborative & inspirational group at a governance level. One of the highlights of our monthly BoT meetings is when we are joined by a group of students sharing an aspect of their learning, or proposing an exciting project like the Scooter Park or Rugby Posts. Seeing these projects come to fruition is a small part of what our job is all about!
I joined the Board as Principal at the start of 2003 and am enjoying the challenges of working with the Board on issues of school governance.
I keep in close contact with all Board members and work with them in developing the framework for the best possible learning and teaching conditions. A lot of my time is spent presenting review information and giving advice when required. I also present a monthly management report which keeps the Board informed about the day to day organisation and management of the school.
I’m really enjoying the terrific ‘team’ approach of our current Board and look forward to the future with interest.