Our Board

Message from the presiding member

Welcome to Havelock School.

On behalf of the Havelock School Board of Trustees I wish to welcome you to our school community.

Within the School campus, you will find a learning environment that is tailored to suit the individual needs of each student, with a strong focus on learner agency and individual goal setting.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for overall governance of the school – ensuring that the school meets all its legal obligations. It oversees the development of the School Charter; sets policies, goals and school rules. This is done in consultation and collaboration with the principal, staff and wider community. The Board also ensures that the school communicates effectively with its community. The principal is responsible for the day to day running of the school.

Havelock School Board provides culturally responsive strategic leadership and direction. We are accountable for the performance of the school. Our key focus and role is maintaining and fostering student progress and achievement throughout the school.

The School Board of Trustees is a group elected by the school community. We run a staggered election process, this provision enables us to have half the number of our parent representatives elected in a triennial election year and the remainder at a mid-term election 18 months later.

Havelock School Board currently includes: The principal, who is a full member of the board as well as the educational leader of the school, the chief executive, and an employee of the board. A staff trustee, who is nominated and elected by the school’s teaching and non-teaching staff, four parent-elected trustees who bring a parent/community perspective.

Meeting dates are available on the School calendar and convene Mondays 3:15pm in Pelorus Learning area. Meetings are open to the public and interested parties are welcome to attend. For copies of Board Meeting minutes, please contact the school office.

I strongly encourage parents and prospective parents to contact the School or Board with any questions, comments or concerns that they may have. This will ensure that we are able to continue to maintain the wonderful open and positive learning environment that we currently have.

“Me mahi tahi tātou, mō te oranga o te katoa.”

"We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone."

Kind Regards

Vicki Parker

Havelock School

Presiding Member


The Board of Trustees has statutory powers under the Education Act of 1989 as a Crown entity and is responsible for the governance of the school. The board and its trustees work to ensure that the school is run in the best interests of its students and their community.

The board usually comprises four parent representatives, a staff rep and the principal. The board also has a minute secretary. The board generally meets 6 times per year in one of the learning areas at 15:15 (3:15pm) on a Monday. The dates are set on the school's web calendar and advertised in the newsletter.

The school has a staggered election cycle. The triennial election occurred in June 2019 (3 positions) and the mid-term election followed in November 2020 (2 positions). In 2022 triennial elections will take place in September - three parent representatives will be up for election. The public is very welcome to attend any board meetings, check the calendar and come along - they are meetings held in public, not public meetings. Should you wish to consider becoming a trustee at some time then please make contact to find out more.

Tracey Wearing ~ Principal

The principal is a full board member and besides being the school's leader is also the board's executive trustee.

Wk 574 2106 Email principal@havelock.school.nz

Vicki Parker ~ Selected Community Rep (Dec 2020 - Dec 2023)

Vicki moved to Havelock in 2015 and is the current Director of The Gallery Havelock. Vicki’s background is in art instruction for primary school students and has been offering acrylic painting art lessons to our area local schools since 2017. Vicki joined the school board in December 2020 and in November 2021 was nominated as our new Presiding Member (formally known as the Board Chair).

Email vickip@havelock.school.nz

Selena Robbins ~ Elected Parent Rep (June 2019 - September 2022)

Selena has been part of the Havelock School whanau since 2009 when her oldest of three sons joined the school as a new entrant. Selena has beenpart of the Board of Trustees as a parent elected representative since 2017 and has held the position of Presiding Member (formally known as the Board Chair) until November 2021. Selena is currently a Teachers Aide at Havelock School and is pursuing her teaching credential.

Email selena@havelock.school.nz

Wendy Fletcher ~ Elected Parent Rep (June 2019 - September 2022)

Wendy joined the board as a parent representative in 2019. With one son attending Havelock School Wendy enjoys having the time to contribute to the school and its community.

Email wendy@havelock.school.nz

Jill Heaps ~ Staff Rep (2021 - 2023)

Jill joined the board as a staff representative in 2021, after moving to Havelock from Southland. Jill is the Deputy Principal of Havelock School and teaches Year 6 - 8 in Pelorus Learning Area.

Email jill@havelock.school.nz

Mandy McQuarrie ~ Minute Secretary/Executive Officer

Whilst not a voting member of the board, it is to everyone's advantage to have Mandy attend all board meetings as beside taking minutes etc she, of course, ensures financial records are up to the mark and presented to trustees for deliberation.

Wk 574 2106 Email admin@havelock.school.nz