Board of Trustees
The Vardon School Board of Trustees is an elected parent body responsible for the governance and strategic direction of our school. The Vardon School Board has up to five Parent Reps, one Staff Rep and the Principal.
The primary responsibility of the Board of Trustees is:
Setting strategic direction and priorities
Setting and reviewing policy and determining school/Principal performance in relation to finance, property, staff performance and compliance.
Identifying and managing risk
Monitoring and evaluating school/student progress and achievement
Engaging and communicating with the school community
Vardon School ensures all new Board members receive in-depth training to enable them to be confident and competent Trustees. Board of Trustee meetings are held twice a term (normally in week two and week eight) on a Wednesday at 5.30PM in the School Staffroom. These meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend to listen to what is happening at Vardon School. Please check our School Calendar for the date of our next meeting.
Brad Saxton (Chairperson)
Shakeeb Kalaam (Principal)
Stacey Neilsen (Staff Trustee)
Public Attending Board Meetings Procedure
The board of trustees welcomes public presence at board meetings and hopes that members of the public enjoy their time observing board meetings.
In order that members of the public understand the rules that apply to them attending board meetings these procedures will be provided and followed unless otherwise authorised by the board. (see note below)
Board meetings are not public meetings but meetings held in public *.
If the meeting moves to exclude the public (usually this is to protect the privacy of individuals) then the public will be asked to leave the meeting until this aspect of business has been concluded *.
Members of the public may request speaking rights on a particular subject that is on the agenda. Preferably this request has been made in advance. Public participation is at the discretion of the Board.
Speakers shall be restricted to a maximum of 3 minutes each per subject, with a time limit of fifteen minutes per interest group, unless agreed otherwise prior to the meeting. The Chair will ask the speaker to finish if they exceed the time.
No more than 5 speakers on any one topic.
Speakers are not to question the board and must speak to the topic.
Board members will only address questions or statements through the Chair.
Speakers shall remain respectful, use appropriate language, and remain factual about the matter at hand. Malicious statements or claims will not be permitted.
If any individual does not follow points 6-8, then the Chair may ask them to leave, and/or suspend the meeting.
Note: Members of the public include staff, students and parents of the school who are not trustees on the board.
* The board meeting is a meeting held in a place easily accessed by the public rather than a "public meeting".
Public participation is at the discretion of the board.
Anyone from the public who attends a meeting will be given a notice about their rights regarding attendance at the meeting.