Board of Trustees

The school is governed by a Board of Trustees (BOT) comprising parent representatives, a teacher representative and the Principal. The Ministry of Education requires schools to have a Board which is structured in this way to ensure the interests of the wider school community are represented.

Representative members are generally elected for a three-year term through Board elections, which are held every 18 months as our school runs a staggered cycle to ensure continuity of good governance.

Some key roles of the Board are to:

  • set the vision of the school through the School Charter, in consultation with staff, parents and students

  • ensure that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for the students

  • approve the school's annual budget and report its operation to the community

  • govern the management of personnel, property, finance and administration

  • support the Principal as the Professional Leader and Chief Executive Officer of the Board

  • liaise closely with the community, particularly through key groups such as the school’s Home and School Association and Whanau Group.

The Principal and staff are responsible for delivering on the Charter and Annual Plans, as the overriding guides to the management of the school.

The vision of Island Bay School values the close partnership between staff, parents and students. The Board encourages parents to become involved in the school whether in the classroom, assisting on school trips, through Home & School Association, Whanau Group or Board governance. Direct, immediate, and open communication is encouraged. When problems arise we seek to resolve them face to face in a respectful manner.

The educational leadership and management of the school is the responsibility of the Principal. The Board welcomes communication from parents in relation to the overall governance of the school. We will review and respond to any correspondence regularly. Please note, there are a number of important documents available for download. These include the School Charter, Annual Plan and Complaints Policy. Go to Policy and Procedure Documents.

Parents are welcome to attend Board meetings, held monthly at the school. Check the school calendar or ask the office staff for meeting dates. Copies of minutes, agendas and reports are also available at the school office or from the Board secretary Amy Austin.

For more information on Boards of Trustees go to


If you wish to contact the Board of Trustees please email

BOT minutes
BOT news feed

Board Members 2020


Elizabeth Cox- Board Chair

Tai Samaeli - Parent Representative

Fleur Fitzsimons -  Parent Representative

Cristin Jamieson - Parent Representative

Devon Heaphy - Parent Representative

Anna Bordingnon - Parent Representative

Lizzie Waipara - Staff Representative

Deborah Fenton - Principal



Meeting Dates 2020


20 February 

19 March

21 May

18 June

20 August 

17 September 

19 November 

10 December



Board member bios
Lizzie Waipara
Teacher rep











I have lived in Island Bay for 25 years and both my boys have enjoyed rewarding experiences at Island Bay School.


They are now wonderful young men, so I feel very fortunate to still be associated with the school in the role of teacher at Victory Park.


I love belonging to such a commited, engaged community and working with the curious, inquiring minds of the children within it.   

Elizabeth Cox 









Kia ora, I was elected to the Board in 2018 and became Board Chair in 2019. I have two sons at Island Bay School, Liam who is Year 6 and Ethan who is Year 3. Before Ethan started school I was also involved in Island Bay Playcentre for many years. Our family has lived in Island Bay for more than 10 years.

I am a historian who has run my own business working as a consultant for 10 years, and I also work as a Senior Historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. I have worked in the past at the Waitangi Tribunal and HeritageNZ.

I am enjoying working with the Board to help Deborah and the other staff to make sure all the children at Island Bay School reach their potential, and keen to hear from parents about how we can all work together to do that better.

Anna Bordignon
Parent rep











I have three boys who have enjoyed the opportunities at Island Bay School and I believe it is time to give back to our communities. 


I currently run a successful eco social enterprise company called Munch Cupboard and I have practised law as a commercial lawyer in NZ and London for over 12 years.


I have also sat on profit and not for profit boards. 


I value the environment, communities, business for good, diversity  and healthy food for our whanau

Cristin (Crissie) Jamieson
Parent Rep


I really value all that we have in our school and our community and I want to give back by helping out whenever I can. 


Currently at school I have Babette in Korimako, Francesca in Rimurimu and another daughter not far off starting. 


I am a lawyer having practised in NZ & London primarily in commercial litigation, planning and environmental law.  I am writing a masters thesis on legal solutions to the problem of micro plastics in our waterways.

Devon Heaphy
Parent Rep


I have two children currently at Island Bay School (Xavier and Scarlet) and one at SWIS.


I joined the Board in 2019 because I had a high opinion of the school and the way it inspired learning in the children and I wanted to help continue that. 


I have a background in finance, administration, and technology.

Fleur Fitzsimons
Parent Rep


We are so lucky and Island Bay school with our wonderful teachers and the great opportunities our children have to be challenged and develop here. 


I have been a lawyer in Wellington for the past ten years and am also a current Wellington City Councillor.


My children currently at Island Bay School are Zach and Eli.



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11:00am - 11:30am Break

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Island Bay, Wellington


New Zealand