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Who we are

The Wellington East Girls' College Board of Trustees (BOT) are:

  • Gael Ashworth (The Principal)
  • Sue Geale (Community Representative)
  • Joanna Lambert, Board Chair( Community Representative)
  • Sina Lesatele (Community Representative)
  • Will Peet (Community Representative)
  • Elizabeth Crayford (Staff Trustee)
  • Eva Burgin (Student Trustee)
  • Thomas Haapu (Te Whānau Tutahi Rep)
  • Chelsea Jacobs-Prescott (Te Whānau Tutahi Rep)
  • Bessie Fepulea'i (Pacifika Parents Rep)
  • Gretchen Leuthart (Co opted)

Board Chair to be elected at first full board meeting

What we do 

Under Schedule 6 of the 1989 Education Act, Boards of Trustees are responsible for the governance of schools. Our Board’s key areas of contribution are: 

  • Representation
  • Leadership
  • Accountability
  • Employer role

This includes:

  • ensuring the school complies with all National Education Goals, Guidelines and Policies
  • determining the school’s strategic direction and long-term plans, and monitoring progress against them 
  • monitoring student achievement ensuring that there is effective communication and consultation with the school’s community
  • developing and approving policies
  • appointing the principal, and appraising and supporting her performance
  • approving the appointment of all staff and making decisions on personnel matters when required by school policies
  • overall responsibility for property and financial management (normally exercised through the Board sub-committee)
  • dealing with serious disciplinary matters through the Disciplinary Sub-committee which is convened as required

The Board's vision, mission and values for Wellington East Girls College can be found in the Charter and Annual Plan. It also details the strategic direction the Board has set for the school. You can also view our Annual Report and Analysis of Variance.

When we meet 

The Board generally meets 7x a year, on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 - 8:30pm. All meetings are open to the public and the minutes and associated reports from the meetings are available through the school office on request.   

Meeting Dates 2019

  • Tuesday 5 March
  • Tuesday 7 May
  • Tuesday 4 June
  • Tuesday 2 July (induction meeting following election)
  • Tuesday 6 August
  • Tuesday 3 September
  • Tuesday 5 November
  • Tuesday 3 December

What happens at Board Meetings 

All meetings follow a set agenda which includes:

  • a presentation by one of the departmental HODs
  • confirmation of the previous meeting’s minutes
  • the Principal’s report
  • strategic decisions and discussions
  • a finance and property report
  • updates from the staff, student, whānau, pacifica and past pupils representatives

Becoming a Board Member 

The community representatives on the WEGC Board of Trustees are elected every three years. The current trustees were elected in June 2019 and the next election will be held in June 2022. Students elect a Student Trustee annually. Our Maori Community Representative is elected by  Te Whānau Tutahi and our past pupil representative is elected from the Once Were Easters Community, with our Pasifica Parents Group co-opting a Trustee. 

Contact us

Anyone interested in any matters concerning the BOT should contact the following people for more information:  Chair, Joanna Lambert or Dee-Anne Herdman (BOT Secretary) during school hours on 385 8514 Ex 820 or email deeanne.herdman@wegc.school.nz