The governance of Christ’s College is the responsibility of the Board of Governors.
What is its role?
The Board of Governors is responsible for developing and monitoring the implementation of a strategic plan that fulfills the objectives of College – and in doing so ensures that students are encouraged to live lives underpinned by honesty, a love of learning, respect, spirituality, justice and compassion. It is responsible for oversight of the College’s financial health and acts as Trustees of the College Foundation. The Board is also responsible for the employment and performance management of the Executive Principal.
What is its vision and strategy?
The Board of Governors is committed to the vision of ensuring that College will be a vibrant school community that educates boys to be men of virtuous character who make a positive contribution to society. In 2016 the Board engaged with College’s Executive team, thought leaders and the wider community, to produce a strategy for the future. This Strategic Plan (link to Strategy 2020) addresses the academic, co-curricular, and pastoral care aspects of every boy’s College experience to fulfil the mission statement, Each boy at his best.
Ma te ahurei o te rangatahi, ka arahi i o matou mahi.
How are board members selected?
In 2015 the Board took external advice about best practice for membership of the Christ’s College Board of Governors and subsequently broadened its process to reflect the diversity of today’s society. It also committed to an open process in keeping with modern professional business practice.
Those on the Board of Governors are referred to as Fellows, apart from the Warden (the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch) who is an ex-officio member.
College statutes dictate that two of the Fellows are appointed in consultation with the Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association, and two are appointed in consultation with the Christchurch Anglican diocese. The chair and deputy chair are appointed for a two-year term, and the Fellows are elected for a four-year term, with the option of completing two further terms. Vacancies are advertised.
The Board is committed to the principles of Health and Safety.
Long before the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, (link to Health and Safety Act) the health, safety and wellbeing of the boys, the boarders, and the staff was always a top priority at Christ’s College. Under the Act, the Board is formally responsible for all staff and students on site or on any College experience off site. It is required to put in place policies and procedures that protect every boy and staff member, irrespective of circumstances, and it is wholly committed to the obligations of the legislation. Staff meet weekly to identify and mitigate any risks in planned College activities.
For further information about the Board of Governors, please contact:
PA to the Director of Finance and Operations: Shari Clunne