Have you thought about stepping forward and becoming a trustee?

We invite you to share your skills and experiences to help shape a positive future for your child and all Halfway Bush School students. 

A dedicated team contributes with supportive staff to develop a clear strategic direction, underpinned in recent years by the creation and development of a strong vision. 

The school vision: “Quality education meeting the needs of all children.” is the reference point for everything we do at Board level and through the school and forms the basis for our annual and long term strategic plans.  

Our Board Members

Board members are elected to act on behalf of the school’s community to ensure that the school continuously improves student progress and achievement.

Our current Board of Trustees members are :

Principal:  Brian Filipo

Chair:   Stephen Charles


Eta Bloomfield
Stephen Manning
Jodi McPherson
Tessa Smallbone

The Board's Role

Boards of trustees are Crown entities and are responsible for the governance of schools. Our role, as trustees, is to make sure that Halfway Bush School is run in the best interests of our students and our community.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the school complies with all legal directives made by the government and the Ministry of Education. This is done by ensuring we have robust policies and procedures in place. There is a clearly documented line between board work and management work. Boards of trustees govern (oversee management) and principals manage the school. It is not the role of the Board of Trustees to be involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, this is the responsibility of the principal and the school staff.

Board work is primarily about governance of the school. Governance involves setting strategic direction through our vision, core values and strategic goals. Core work of the board includes setting targets and tracking student progress. This also includes regular review of curriculum areas. The board monitors financial expenditure of the school and sets a yearly budget. We also establish long term property plans and prioritize property projects with allocated funds.

Board Meetings

Meeting Dates for 2024

30th January

11th March

8th April

27th May

8th July

19th August

23rd September

11th November

9th December

Strategic Plan

Contacting the Board

Please feel free to contact the BOT by email: Stephen Charles



From time to time the Board, Staff and School Community review policies and procedures. This gives all stakeholders the opportunity to have a say in how certain aspects of the school and currculum are managed. 

When required to do so, you will be notified in the newsletter of which policy we are reviewing and you can access the SchoolDocs website and review the policy and leave comment where appropriate.



Board Documents

The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)

NZSTA provides governance and employment advice and support to help boards do the very best for their students and communities. 

NZSTA is contracted by the ministry to support boards in the undertaking of their roles and responsibilities. NZSTA provides practical support, advice, resources and professional development opportunities to help boards govern and manage their schools.