Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of trustees held at Birkenhead College on
Thursday, 28 March 2019
T Dobbin (Chair), C Waller (Principal), T Brooksbank, S Beattie,
M Darrah, A Sturny, D Cox,
A Pageau, J Tawhai
3. Minutes of the previous meeting
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 28 February 2019 were accepted.
Beattie / Darrah
4. Matters Arising
o Swimsation has the swimming pool up and running. There was a delay in installing a
separate water meter, but an amount for water usage to date has been agreed. In the
next couple of months, the pool wil be emptied to resurface the lining. A 20-year
agreement for usage has been signed by the Ministry and Swimsation.
o The new cyber safety app is yet to be activated and thankfully the stir amongst
students has died down. The Spyware has not been switched on yet.
o The meeting with the Kohanga Reo representatives was positive. Car parking was
discussed, and they wil look at design. Health and Safety - traffic was raised.
o The police demonstration on school grounds was cancelled due to the Christchurch
o Matt Cade was appointment as Laboratory Manager, and this was accepted by the
5. The 2018 Curriculum Report
The report was tabled and presented by Mrs Nightingale. Items highlighted were:
o The literacy focus that was introduced in the previous year, was a huge achievement.
o A Tikanga course has been introduced.
o Scholarships: Mrs Kumar has taken on the role of academic mentor to help top and
o Due to a reduction in funding, the school has lost two teacher aides.
o The 2019 Goals were handed out. The 3 goals include wellbeing.
o Board of Trustee Election information pack from NZSTA.
o Monthly magazines: Education Gazette and Tukutuku Korero.
7. Principal’s Report
The Principal’s report was tabled, and Mr Waller spoke to some items.
o Mrs Grobler resigned and wil leave at the end of Term 1. Applications are due to close 29
o The planned industrial action has been called off.
o Slow progress on H-block renovations.
o The school wil get rationalisation funding. The Board’s 25% contribution wil be between
$30K - $40K.
o The leaking gym roof is stil an issue. A waterflow test wil be done in the Easter break.
o The International department is going well and there are signs of interest form Spain and
the Czech Republic.
8. Committee Reports
o School donations are on 82% of the budget which is an amazing result.
o As at 28 February, the projected year-end working capital is $137,866 and the month’s
o Mr McKissock started managing the property as from January and is doing a great job.
o Oven tops and taps for the commercial kitchen were received from the closing Hato
o Corbel retentions are due as it is the end of the defects period.
9. Student Representative’s Report as handed out:
o Students raised $1,000 in aid of the recent Christchurch disaster.
o Discontent amongst student about the wifi and cyber app has settled.
o OPC camp to Great Barrier happened 3 weeks ago and enjoyed by all.
o Tomorrow is ‘Shave for a Cure’ for Leukaemia.
10. Teacher Representative’s Report:
No report at this meeting.
11. General Business
12. Date of next Board Meeting:
Thursday, 23 May 2019.
These Minutes are signed as a true record of the proceedings.