BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTIONS 2022

Representing the community on the Cambridge High School Board of Trustees is a fantastic opportunity to help with the leadership of the school and ensure that we continue to offer the best secondary learning journey for our community. This page has all you need to know about what is involved and how you can help make a difference:

  • What is involved and how you make a difference to the strategic direction of CHS.
  • The Cambridge High School Board of Trustees.
  • Why become a board member?
  • Timelines for our election.
  • Q&A for Cambridge High School Trustees

What is involved and how you make a difference to the strategic direction of CHS

Triennial elections process for all school boards including Cambridge High will take place between 15 July to 23rd September 2022. Every individual board member brings their own unique set of skills and experiences to the Board.

We are calling for nominations to our Board of Trustees from our Cambridge High school Parent Community from Friday 15th July through to 12pm Wednesday 3rd August 2022.
As a member of your school's board, you will need to work well in a team and have good communication skills. It can also help to have an understanding of the education sector. You may have financial skills and experience in managing people, knowledge and understanding of particular communities within your school, or experience working within your school and wider communities.
Every school board member is well-supported by New Zealand School Trustees Association’s (NZSTA’s) range of learning and development opportunities, their Advisory and Support Centre and their regionally based team of advisors.
Read more about NZSTA here School Board Elections | Becoming a board member

The Cambridge High School Board of Trustees

Our current Board constitution is as follows:

  • Principal
  • 6 x Parent elect trustees
  • 1 x Teacher elect trustee
  • 1 x Student elect trustee

There are two elements to this year’s Election – parent elections and staff representative elections. Student elections are held separately.

Why become a board member?

School board members are active leaders in our schools. They have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.

Parents/caregivers and people in the wider community can be parent representatives. School boards need to represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our children.

The school board elections are the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for children’s education. We need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students!

"Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens. As a member of a school board, you can make things happen - you can make a difference."

- Lorraine Kerr, NZSTA President

Timelines for our election

Call for Nominations for those interested in joining
Cambridge High School Board of Trustees.

Friday 15th July through to 12pm Wednesday 3rd August 2022

Kōrari online Q & A session by NZSTA Webinar
to find out more about being a school board member.

7pm to 8.15pm Thursday 21st July Register here 

Cambridge High School Board of Trustees Community Information evening.

7pm to 8pm Wednesday 27th July Cambridge High School Staffroom.

Voting Papers issued by

Wednesday 10th August 2022

Election polling closes

4pm 7th September 2022

Votes Counted

Tuesday 13th September 2022

New Board takes office

Wednesday 14th September 2022

Q&A for Cambridge High School Trustees

Q – What is a School Board?

A – The board has overall responsibility and accountability for the school/kura. A School board’s legal responsibilities are determined by the Education and Training Act 2020. The Act sets out boards’ four primary objectives.

  • To ensure every student can reach their highest possible standard in student achievement
  • Is the employer of all staff in the school
  • Sets the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, whānau, staff, students and the wider school community
  • Is responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration

These objectives ensure student achievement for all of its students, including for those of differing needs, making sure the school is a safe place for all, and giving effect to the Treaty of Waitangi

Q – What does a School Board do?

A - As part of its focus on these four objectives above, a boards’ responsibilities include:

  • Setting the strategic direction for the school
  • Protecting the school’s values
  • Monitoring and evaluating student learning outcomes
  • Approving policies
  • Financial stewardship
  • Building community engagement and support

It’s important to note that the board does not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school.

You can view more information on School boards here - Guide to the role of the Board of Trustees

Q – What is a Strategic Plan and how can I obtain a copy?

A – As part of the responsibilities of the board you are required to create and achieve strategic objectives decided by the Board and senior members of the school. A copy of the current strategic plan (2022 -25) can be found here CHS Strategic Plan

Q - How often does the board meet?

A – Cambridge High Board meetings are monthly and are scheduled at the beginning of the school year, for the rest of the year. You may also be required to attend special meetings, school activities such as prize giving’s, and community events on occasion.

Q – What is the time commitment required for Board members?

A – Monthly board meetings take around 3 hours. You are expected to fully read board papers issued a week prior to each Board meeting. Reading time takes around 1-2 hours a month. Other commitments include time on sub committees if you volunteer to be part of these. Sub committees are created for specific tasks e.g. Finance Subcommittee, Cambridge Education Trust etc. You may also be required to attend disciplinary meetings that can take 1-2 hours every couple of months.

Q - Do I need to be a Parent of a Cambridge High School student to be on the board?

A – No you can be nominated by a parent of a member of the school community.   

Q – Where can I find out more about being a board member?

A - The outgoing Cambridge High School Board will be holding and information evening at 7pm on the 27th July at the Cambridge High School staffroom. NZSTA will run an online information evening on Thursday 21st July at 7pm Register here

Q – How long am I committing to when becoming a board member?

A – Schools elect board members every three years (‘triennial elections’). Some schools (but not Cambridge High School) also run ‘mid-term’ elections (held every 18 months). If a board member resigns during their 3-year term, the school may hold a by-election to fill the vacancy

Q – Do I get paid to be on the board?

A – Once a year the school provides a small payment to board members to cover expenses such as travel.

Q – What kind of person do I need to be to join the board?

A – Successful School Boards are made up of a mix of community representation. As a member of the board, you will need to work well in a team and have good communication skills. It can help to have an understanding of the education sector. You may have financial skills and experience in managing people, knowledge and understanding of particular communities within our school, or experience working within our school and wider communities. Anyone in the community can become a board member. There are board members who are tradies, office workers, farmers, doctors, stay-at-home parents and caregivers, bus drivers and retired people. It doesn’t matter what you do – it matters that you care about education in your community and you want to make a difference. It’s also important for boards to reflect the diversity within their school community.

Q – Who can vote in the board elections?

A - All parents, legal guardians and immediate caregivers of students enrolled full-time at Cambridge High School can, and should, vote in the elections for parent representatives

Q – Is there training and help to become an effective board member?

A – Usually there will be a number of board members who will be nominated to remain on the board. If they are voted in via Board Elections, they can share their knowledge and experience. Ongoing courses are available both in person and online via NZSTA

Q – Will there be a hand over?

A - The outgoing Board have created an induction pack and will organise a handover evening to ensure our strategic direction is understood by the new board.

Q – Where can I get more information?

A – You can contact members of the existing board by contacting the school or filling out the online form here, contact our Election Returning Officer chsbote22@gmail.com, or you can visit NZSTA.