Ormiston is a vibrant, diverse, rapidly growing community where families share a keen interest in the education of their children. The Ormiston schools have a unique opportunity to give our children a seamless education pathway from day one as a five year old though to stepping out into the world at 18 years old as a young adult. Traditionally each school has a Board of Trustees (BOT) who govern the school and work alongside the school leaders to delivery great learning opportunities for all students to achieve and to reflect the aspirations of their community however in May 2017 both schools formed a joint BOT after consultation with the community. 30th June 2017 saw the first parent elections for trustees to join the BOTs for both Ormiston Primary and Ormiston Junior College.  The schools share the same Vision “To guarantee every learner engages in innovative, personalised world class learning”, the same values and the same policies and systems.

What is a B.O.T?

Every state school and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a Board Of Trustees (BOT). Our BOT is currently made up of nine members who are responsible for our governance, (see http://www.trustee-election.co.nz/).

  • 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)

The board members are

Geoff Lichtwark: Parent Representative -  geofflichtwark@slingshot.co.nz 
Bonnie Lee: Parent Representative -  iilee@pcwell.co.nz 
Russell Thomas: Parent Representative -  russell.thomas@hotmail.co.uk
Harpal Singh: Chair -  sinharpal@gmail.com
Hans Persterer: Parent Representative -  anssportage3@gmail.com
Jephtah Coe: Staff Representative -  jeff@ojc.school.nz
Farida Dean: Parent Representative -  farida.dean30@gmail.com
Luke Sumich: Principal - Leader of Learning (OJC) - luke@ojc.school.nz
Heath McNeil: Principal - Leader of Learning (OPS) - hmcneil@ormistonprimary.school.nz 
Koral Doidge: BOT Secretary - koral@ojc.school.nz

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.