An integrated school
As an ‘Integrated Area School’, Waikato Waldorf School is part of the New Zealand State education system and is, therefore, partially funded by the Ministry of Education, which pays for some teachers and for the school’s running costs.
An Integrated school must have, by law, a ‘special character’, which is safeguarded in law through our Integration Agreement with the Crown.
The Special Character is based on the educational principles of Rudolf Seiner, the founder of the Waldorf School movement.
The school is subject to review by the Education Review Office (ERO) and has a Board of Trustees in the same way as other State schools.
The Board of Trustees
The role of the Board of Trustees is ‘governance’ – it ensures that the school is well led and managed. The Board is the employer of the teaching staff and is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the school’s operations, including legal matters.
The Board of Trustees is made up of five elected parent representatives, a staff elected representative, up to four members of the Proprietors Trust and the Principal. Elected positions are generally for a term of three years. The Board members elect a chairperson from the parent elected members. The role of the chairperson is to steer the meetings of the Board; to liaise with the Principal on matters where governance and management interact; and to act as spokesperson for the Board.
The Board may also co-opt other persons onto the Board who are deemed to have skills which enhance the Board’s ability to govern. A Co-opted member has the same full voting rights as an elected member.
Board meetings are held at intervals deemed appropriate to ensure the effective governance of the school. These are typically bi-monthly. Board meetings are open public meetings and parents are encouraged to attend and review the minutes of the Board, which are currently held on file in the main office. At times matters, such as staffing issues, are considered to be confidential and the Board will go ‘into committee’ and only members of the Board who are not directly involved shall be present. A separate set of confidential minutes is recorded in a book which is kept secure for legal reasons.