There is a lot happening this year and the BOT will now be providing regular updates on the things we are doing as well as keeping you informed of what other matters may be happening which could impact the school.

The first important issue is the BOT Election. The election takes place every three years (under the current regime). There are six elected representative positions available. The BOT is made up of the six elected parent representatives, up to four Board of Directors permanent seats, the Principal, a teacher representative and a student representative. A new teacher representative will also be sought from our teaching staff this year.

The BOT has appointed Canterbury Education Services (CES) as the Returning Officer to run the election process. CES will establish a school election portal where we can all follow the election progress. Once set up, the portal link will then be available here. The indicative timetable is as follows:

Nominations Provided to all eligible voters on the school roll by Friday 10 May with a closing date of 24 May
Voting Papers If nominations exceed seats, voting papers will be distributed by Wednesday 29 May
Voting Closes Voting closes on Friday 7 June
Results Results provided to the school by Thursday 13 June
New Board  Friday 14 June

This year the BOT will organise a “Meet the Candidates” event at school for those standing for election to present to parents. That event will happen at a date to be confirmed between nominations closing and voting closing.

Nga Mihi
Craig Brownie 
St Mary’s College Board of Trustees Chairperson