Nicole Custers: 2021 Student Trustee

All New Zealand state and state-integrated schools are required to have a Board of Trustees under the New Zealand Education Act. Basically the Board administrates the school whilst the Principal manages the day to day running of the school. The Board is the Crown entity responsible for the governance of the school. The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school, overseeing the management of personnel, property, finance and administration. It is the Board’s responsibility to deal with employment matters referred to them by the Principal as well as ensuring the school communicates effectively with the community. Our Collingwood Area School Board of Trustees is made up of elected parent and kura whānau representatives, the school principal, a staff representative and one student representatives:

Our Board is committed to the values of

  • Personal Excellence
  • Respect and Tolerance
  • Inquiry and Innovation
  • Diversity
  • Taking Responsibility

We are proactive in

  • focussing on governance and strategic leadership
  • setting the vision for the school and supporting its mission and values
  • monitoring the school’s performance in raising student achievement and learning
  • ensuring compliance with legal and policy requirements
  • consulting with and working on behalf of, all stakeholders

Our Board’s key areas of contribution to Collingwood Area School are 

  • determining the school’s strategic direction; setting long- and short-term objectives through the Charter and the Strategic and Annual Plans, and monitoring progress against these
  • ensuring the school complies with all National Education Goals, Guidelines and Policies (Section 75 and 76 of the 1989 Education Act)
  • monitoring student achievement against the strategic objectives and national guidelines
  • ensuring that there is effective communication and consultation with the school’s community
  • developing and approving policies
  • appraising and supporting the Principal’s performance
  • setting the budget and taking overall responsibility for property and financial management
  • in support of Restorative Practices in the school, adjudicating serious disciplinary matters through the Disciplinary Sub-committee if required

Our meetings

  • Our monthly BoT meetings are held once on a Monday (usually the third Monday of the month) at 3:30 pm in the Staff Room. Meeting dates are posted in the school newsletter and are on the school calendar on this website. Members of the school community are welcome to attend and observe at any Board meeting. The provisions of Part 7 of the Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act 1987 apply.  The Board Chair presides at the meeting and their decision on procedural matters is final.


  • The community are welcome to read the Board Minutes.  A paper copy is held in the Office which we encourage you to come in and read.

CAS Charter and Annual Plan 2020 Collingwood Area School Charter 2020.pdf

CAS Annual Report 2020 Collingwood Area School 2020 Audited Annual Report.pdf

CAS Child Protection Policy Child Protection Policy.pdf

BoT Minutes:

BOT Minutes February 2021.docx.pdf.

BOT Minutes March 2021.pdf.

BOT Minutes Website April 2021.pdf.

BOT Minutes 24 May 2021.docx.pdf

BOT Minutes June 2021.docx.pdf

BOT Minutes August 2021.docx.pdf

BOT Minutes September 2021.pdf

October BOT Minutes.pdf

Collingwood Area School