The purpose of this policy is to identify the role and act of Governance by the Board of Trustees, in the pursuit of implementation of the Charter Documents and in achieving and living the Mission Statement and Vision Statement of St Francis Catholic  School:


Mission Statement:  “Providing a Catholic education that develops the whole person”.


Vision Statement:  “To continue fostering our Catholic faith in a secure environment that nurtures and provides challenges for all children, enabling them to develop as well-rounded individuals”.


The Board of Trustees requires that all activities procedures and policies of St Francis Catholic School will demonstrate in action and principle the Catholic Character of this school.



Education Act 1989

Private School Conditional Integration Act 1975



This policy applies to all Board of Trustee members, who are entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders.


Pupils, staff, parents and guardians are identified as the stake holders who have an interest in the key areas of contribution by members of the Board of Trustees.  That being:

  • Representation
  • Accountability
  • Communication


Only decisions made by the Board, acting as the Board are binding on the Principal.  The relationship between Board and Principal is one of trust and support, where both parties within the boundaries of governance (Board) and operation management (Principal) will work together to achieve the strategic goals and maintain the Catholic Character of St Francis Catholic School.


Associated Documents

School Charter

Religious Education Curriculum Plan

Self review Plan.


Other documents associated with this Policy include the contents of :

  • St Francis Catholic School Policy Manual
  • St Francis Catholic School Operational Manual
  • St Francis Catholic School Health and Safety Manual.


Through its responsibility of governance and best practice as an employer, the Board of Trustees commits to the application of the following documents:


Handbook for the Board of Trustees of New Zealand Catholic Integrated Schools

National Collective teachers contract

Principal Collective Contract

New Zealand School Trustees Association Handbook

New Zealand Catholic Schools Code of Ethics.


Policy Statements

The Board of  Trustees is composed of the following:

  • Principal
  • Staff Representative
  • Proprietors Representative (4)
  • Parent Representative (5).


In meeting the requirements of this Policy, the Board of Trustees will:

  • Accept responsibility for the overall governance of the school.
  • Ensure the School Charter, establishes goals for the school and portrays the special Catholic character of the school.  Monitoring progress to the achievement of these goals is an essential function of governance.
  • Fulfill the intent of Te Tiriti O Waitangi.
  • Monitor financial management of the school budget, including approval of budget.
  • Act to ensure effective risk management.
  • Act to ensure legal compliance.
  • Act as a good employer to all staff at St Francis Catholic School.


The Board recognises that compliance to legal, industrial and policy requirements is essential to student achievement.


The Board of trustees occupy a vital place in the education system of today where all children are expected to succeed and one where all take a shared responsibility in ensuring that this happens.


A particular role of this Board of Trustees is to ensure that this school meets the education needs, and incorporates the values of the St Francis Catholic School community.


This policy is implemented through the application of all associated documents stated above