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February 10, 2023

Every state and state-integrated school or kura in New Zealand has a board. The board’s core role is to govern its school(s) or kura.

Because Catholic schools are state-integrated, there are some unique aspects that Catholic school boards need to understand. These aspects are covered in detail in the NZCEO Handbook, and the team at the Diocese of Palmerston North has developed an additional video resource to explain some of the key aspects. 

Integration Agreement

New Zealand Catholic schools were founded with the primary purpose of giving a Catholic education to Catholic children. When the Proprietors of Catholic schools integrated their schools with the state system of education, they entered into a partnership with the Crown. 

This video, used and adapted with permission by the Diocese of Auckland, explains some of the key aspects of the Integration Agreement for school boards to understand.

More information about Integration can be found at: https://www.nzceohandbook.org.nz/integration/

Attendance Dues

Attendance dues are a charge made by the proprietors (owners) of Catholic schools as a condition of enrolment and attendance of students at the schools in our Diocese. Parents or other persons accepting responsibility for the education of the child/children, having signed attendance dues agreement forms, have a legal obligation to pay attendance dues. 

In this video, Mark Ferguson (Attendance Dues Manager), explains some of the key aspects of Attendance Dues for school boards to understand – including why we have them and what they are used for.

More information about Attendance Dues in the Diocese of Palmerston North can be found at: https://pndiocese.org.nz/education/dues/

School Property

These videos outline the key information to understand about School Property. In Part One, Susan Zentveld (Diocesan Property Manager) explains how the different forms of funding works. In Part Two, Susan explains the 10 Year Property Plan, Insurance and important information regarding fundraising for property items.

More detailed information can be found at https://www.nzceohandbook.org.nz/property/#resources

Facilitating Board Meetings

Each school board will meet on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to the governance of their school.

In this video, Carol Lynch from edLead Consulting Ltd. shares some practical ideas for school board members to consider and use.

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