Mount Hutt College/Lauriston School Board of Trustees
The Board has the responsibility to develop strategic educational direction from Year 1-13 across two schools; Mount Hutt College and Lauriston School which places it in a unique position. We acknowledge the Board of Trustees governs two individual schools and that the management reflects each school’s requirements. The legal responsibility of Boards of Trustees around governance and management is determined by Section 75 and 76 of the Education Act 1989.
The Board emphasises strategic leadership rather than administrative detail, has a clear distinction of Board and staff roles, concentrates on the future rather than the past or present, and is pro-active rather than reactive.
The Board delegates all authority and accountability for the day-to-day operational organisation of the respective schools to the Principal, or Acting Principal.
Combined Board Composition
Mount Hutt College and Lauriston School combined their boards in March 2004. Initially to ensure both schools thrived, which has happened. It took a lot of consultation with both school communities and required Ministry of Education approval.
Recognising New Zealand’s Cultural Diversity NAG 1(e)
Both schools, as appropriate to their communities, will develop procedures and practices that reflect New Zealand’s Cultural diversity and the unique position of Maori Culture. In recognition of this we will take reasonable steps to provide instruction in tikanga (Maori culture) and te reo (Maori language).
To achieve this, the schools will:
Commitment to Maori NAG1(e)
Both schools recognise that Maori students face barriers to achievement additional to those faced by other students. The reasons for this are complex, and are both historical and current. We believe that the additional barriers faced by Maori students can only be addressed effectively in partnership between the school and its Maori community. That partnership must work to make the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi a reality at both schools and give Maori students the same benefits of participation in education as other students. The schools also recognise that Maori language and culture has an intrinsic importance to New Zealand society, which is over and above the contribution made by other cultures. The schools are determined to reflect that importance. The Board is committed to building, and playing an active part in, the partnership with our Maori community, and to resourcing decisions made in partnership.
National Education Goals and Priorities
Mount Hutt College and Lauriston School endorse the National Education Goals and the National Education Priorities and recognise the legislative requirements of the National Standards for achievement