Board of Trustees

Welcome to the St Benedict’s School Board of Trustees page.  Here you will find information about who we are, what our responsibilities are, what our priorities for the school are, and copies of meeting minutes.

About the Board

The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school, including certain legal obligations covering responsibility for property, personnel, the proper management of school finances, reporting to the Ministry and the school community.

Boards of Trustees for Catholic integrated schools comprise elected members and those appointed by the Proprietors. Appointees are full members of the Board with all the same rights and obligations of other members. They also have particular responsibilities with respect to property management and the Special Character of the school.

The St Benedict’s School Board of Trustees is made up of five parent representatives, four proprietor’s representatives (including the Parish Priest Father Doug), a teacher representative and the Principal

The Board meets every six weeks throughout the school year

Within the Board there are five areas that we represent and monitor:

  1. Catholic Character
  2. Excellence
  3. Communication
  4. Environment
  5. Health and Safety

Who we are

Richard Uerata-Jennings Chair
Parent representative
  • Finance
  • Environment
  • Personnel
Dave Lamont Principal
  • Involved in all sub-committees
Father Doug Shepherd Proprietor representative
  • Catholic Character
  • Personnel
Fiona Bolger Teacher representative
Ruth Burns Proprietor representative
  • Communications
  • Catholic Character
Jane Wellick Proprietor representative
  • Catholic Character
Angela Houston Proprietor representative
  • Catholic Character
Claire Venn Parent representative
  • Communications
Shayne Nahu Parent representative
  •  Environment
Camilla Peet Parent representative
  • Communications
Steve Lucas Parent representative
  •  Finance

Current Focus

Updating the strategic plan

The Board is currently updating the four-year Strategic Plan for the school.  We are seeking wider parent consultation on the plan before finalising it.  Board actions and decisions for 2017/2018 will be based around this strategic plan.

Strategic plan for consultation

Sub-Committees

Catholic Character

Catholic character is fundamental to how our school operates. This sub-committee focuses on how the school teaches and demonstrates the Catholic values.

This includes ensuring that the school’s charter and policies reflect the philosophy of Catholic schooling, supporting staff professional development in Religious Education, and supporting events within the school and parish that promote our Catholic values.

We are joined by the teacher who leads the Religious Education programme in the school – Jacqueline Miranda.

Communications Committee

Our focus is on ensuring the school has an effective communications strategy.  This is aimed at providing clear, accessible information for students and their families, and also ensuring a strong profile in the local community.

In consultation with parents/caregivers we are upgrading our communications channels with continued improvements to website content, including more information relating to Board activities and decisions.   As part of the communication channels enhancements, a new, clearer and more concise digital newsletter is being launched in 2017.

Environment Committee

The School Environment Committee is responsible for ensuring that St Benedict’s School buildings and surrounds are safe and fit for purpose. The School Environment Committee works with the Principal and school leadership about plans for the school each year and with the Archdiocese to develop the 10 year property plan for the school. Though the land and buildings are owned by the Archdiocese of Wellington (Arch Bishop John Dew) the school Board of Trustees are required to maintain its upkeep and work with the Archdiocese to plan for future developments.

Responsibilities of the school and Archdiocese are clearly defined with the school being responsible for painting of the school, minor and general maintenance and replacing school furniture, equipment. Any environmental projects such as playground developments and ground enhancements require fundraising to fund the work. The Archdiocese is responsible for major capital works, health and safety infrastructure work on the buildings and grounds.