Board of Trustees

As a state integrated school, Cornerstone Christian School is a part of the state education system. Like other state schools, it is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for strategic governance, whereas the Principal is the Board’s CEO and is responsible for the management of the school.

The Board is made up of the Principal, one elected staff trustee, five elected parent trustees, one elected student trustee (who must be in Year 9 or above) and up to four appointed trustees from the School’s Proprietor.

Parent and staff trustee elections are held every three years and will next occur in 2022. Student trustee elections are held annually in September. If you are willing to invest your time into governance, for the benefit of all of our students, we encourage you to consider being nominated for election. The NZ School Trustees’ Association has produced an informative booklet which outlines the responsibilities, role and make-up of Boards of Trustees. 

Download NZSTA booklet.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held once a month and follow a set agenda that is finalised by the Principal and Board chairperson a week prior. Trustees are required to read any reports/discussion papers sent to them prior to the meeting so that they are well informed and able to participate in decision-making. The Board agenda and minutes are available for the public to view and may be obtained by contacting the school office. Parents and other members of the public are welcome to attend Board meetings, but they do not have automatic speaking rights.

The role of the Board is defined in its governance manual: Download governance manual

Current Board of Trustees: 

  • Chris Mitchell – Principal
  • Rachel Burn – Proprietor trustee
  • Glenn De Groot – Proprietor trustee
  • Simon McCracken – Proprietor trustee
  • Richard Tankersley – Proprietor trustee
  • Jo Auer – Parent trustee (Chairperson)
  • Anthony Budd – Parent trustee
  • Shannon King – Parent trustee
  • Laura Siegel – Parent trustee
  • Braden Simpson – Parent trustee (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Heslia Swanepoel – Staff trustee
  • Conrad De Groot – Student trustee

The strategic plan is contained in the Charter. Each year, the school reports its progress against the goals outlined in the charter in the annual report.