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last updated Tue 18 Oct 16

Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees represent parents, the deaf community, students and staff. They are elected every three years. Travel assistance to attend meetings is available to Board members.

         Back row:
Rachel Douglas (Chair) - Okato, Taranaki
David Foster (Principal KDEC) - Auckland

Middle row:
Bernadette Mulcahy-Bouwman (Principal VADEC) - Christchurch
Meghan Coppage (Student Trustee) - Auckland
Crystal Skinley (Parent Trustee) - Dunedin
Jill Le Prou (Board Secretary) - Auckland
Merran Gwyndell (Parent Trustee) - Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Front row:
Cha'nel Kaa-Luke (Student Trustee) - Christchurch
Rachel Coppage (Parent Trustee) - Auckland
Krista Clifford (Staff Trustee) - Auckland
Ratu Ratu (Parent Trustee) - Hamilton

Absent (inset):
David McKee (Parent Trustee) - Wellington


The Combined Board of Trustees of Kelston Deaf Education Centre and van Asch Deaf Education Centre is accountable for student achievement. It does this by providing an environment that supports and encourages quality educational outcomes. The Combined Board is responsible for ensuring that each Centre focuses their strategic planning on improving student achievement through high quality teaching and learning programmes. The Combined Board is made up of six parent trustees, a staff trustee, two student trustees and the two Principals. Up to four additional trustees may be co-opted to ensure that the views of the Deaf community and of Maori are represented on the board.

DEC B.O.T Flyer

> Download June 2016 Flyer PDF

> Download August 2016 Flyer PDF

> Download September 2016 Flyer PDF

Ministry of Education Infrastructure Project Brief

> Download Project Brief


Board Elections - information

Declaration of Board Election Results:

> Download Declaration of Results 2016


Student Elections 2016
The Combined Board of Trustees student elections for 2016 are now complete.
Cha'nel Kaa-Luke was elected unopposed for van Asch Deaf Education Centre
Tuhoi Henry was elected via vote for Kelston Deaf Education Centre

Board Meetings 2016

Monday 22 February

Monday 21 March

Monday 23 May

Monday 27 June

Monday 29 August

Sunday 18 September

Monday 19 September

Monday 31 October

Monday 12 December

Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport

Kelston Deaf Education Centre

Wellington Airport

Strategic Planning Day -- van Asch

van Asch Deaf Education Centre

Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport

The venue will be adjusted to either KDEC or VADEC as necessary.

Board Meetings 2017

Monday 27 February

Friday 24 March

Friday 19 May

Friday 23 June

Friday 25 August

Sunday 24 September

Monday 25 September

Friday 3 November

Friday 8 December

Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport

Kelston Deaf Education Centre

Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport

Board Meeting (afternoon) - van Asch

Strategic Planning Day van Asch

Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport

The venue will be adjusted to either KDEC or VADEC as necessary.

NZSL@Schools

> Download .pdf of latest report

Charter and Strategic Plan

> download CHARTER with Strategic Plan

Policies and Procedures

> go to Policies and Procedures (Ultranet)

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

> BOT Minutes September 2016
> BOT Minutes August 2016
> BOT Minutes July 2016
> BOT Minutes June 2016
> BOT Minutes May 2016
> BOT Minutes March 2016
> BOT Minutes February 2016
> BOT Minutes December 2015
> BOT Minutes November 2015
> BOT Minutes September 2015
> BOT Minutes August 2015
> BOT Minutes June 2015
> BOT Minutes May 2015
> BOT Minutes March 2015
> BOT Minutes February 2015
> BOT Minutes December 2014
> BOT Minutes September 2014
> BOT Minutes August 2014
> BOT Minutes June 2014
> BOT Minutes May 2014
> BOT Minutes April 2014
> BOT Minutes February 2014
> BOT Minutes December 2013
> BOT Minutes November 2013
> BOT Minutes September 2013
> BOT Minutes August 2013
> BOT Minutes July 2013
> BOT Minutes June 2013
> BOT Minutes May 2013
> BOT Minutes April 2013
> BOT Minutes March 2013
> BOT Minutes January 2013
> BOT Minutes December 2012