Sacred Heart Board of Trustees – Casual Vacancy

A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for an elected parent representative. The board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10 percent or more of the eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to the Chairperson of the Board byBy 26 March 2015. Please address correspondence to:

Board of Trustees
Sacred Heart School
63 North Road
North East Valley
Dunedin 9010


Snippets from the Board of Trustees Meeting, October 22nd 2014

In this meeting, among general business and welcoming back Mr Richardson from sabbatical, the Board discussed two exciting developments.

Making iPads available to pupils has been on the Board of Trustees agenda for some time. Questions of price, guarantees, servicing etc and whether it’s better to lease or buy, have all been looked at carefully and we hope that these latest education tools should be up and running for the beginning of Term One, next year.

Plans for upgrading the library has been another ongoing consideration for the Board. Various school libraries have been visited in order to compare and assess different ideas. We hope to soon have some definite plans for shelving and wall covering which will make the library a more functional and inviting part of the school.

Any of the members of the Board of Trustees would be happy to discuss these or any other topics you wish to raise.


Board of Trustees – Meeting Summary 17/9/14

Apart from agenda business at Wednesday night’s Board of Trustees Meeting, two subjects provided a good example of the school’s character.
That afternoon, Sacred Heart had been represented by pupils, parents and board members at the funeral of Paddy McLaughlan. Paddy had never lived in the Valley but through his grandchildren he became part of the school community. A few words on the funeral tributes page sum up the tremendous time and  effort he put into helping the school, especially with his unique, personal approach to fund raising. On his part, Paddy often expressed his deep appreciation for the warm, friendly atmosphere that surrounded the whole school “family”.

Another example of the healthy culture of Sacred Heart is shown in the way Stephen Hopkins has been able to smoothly lead the school in his time of standing in for Paul. The Board expressed their appreciation for his competence and the way in which he enthusiastically embraced the spirit of the school community. Like Paddy McLaughlan, Stephen has been loud in his praise for all who make the school such a happy place to work in.

Jim Neilan

Sacred Heart School Board of Trustees By-Election

Nominations are invited for the election of one parent representative to the Board of Trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Wednesday 11 June 2014 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.

Voting closes at noon on Wednesday 25 June 2014.



Kay Gallagher

Returning Officer