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 resraech and consultation with the community. 30th June 2017 will see 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.

PDF: Information on nominations and elections (30 May 2017)

What is a B.O.T?

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.

Our current eBoT is also the eBoT for the Ormiston Primary School which helps support wonderful for consistency across our Ormiston Community Campus.  

The current board members are

Karen Gibson (Board Chair): karengibson4444@gmail.com
Mohit Gupta: mohit.email@gmail.com
Lakhmi Venkatesan: ashok.narasimhan@gmail.com
Alan Curtis: allscots@gmail.com
Margaret Patrick: mapatrick1275@gmail.com
Bernardine Vester: bernardine.vester@gmail.com
Luke Sumich: Principal - Leader of Learning

Once both schools are established there will be a BoT election 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)


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.