Bellevue School Board 

The board's role is to oversee the governance of its school and to ensure that everything that needs to be done gets done - legally, ethically, and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.

The board is the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school. The principal is the board's 'chief executive' and manages the day to day operations of the school in line with the board's direction and policies.

A standard board constitution is made up of: 

  • members elected from the community;

  • the principal;

  • a staff-elected representative;

  • a number of co-opted members (who must be fewer in number than parent-elected members)

  • and for state-integrated schools only - one or more proprietors’ representatives.

Board members have a term of office of up to 3 years.

The Bellevue School Board meets twice a term in the school staffroom beginning at 7.00pm. The dates are published in the school newsletter. The meetings are open for all who wish to attend.


Board Members

Kelvin Russell (Presiding Member)

Annette Borgonje (Principal)

Ian Dickson

Edwin Rakanui

Feta Laulau

Mandy MacKay

Isabel Bridgman (Staff Rep)

If you would like to contact the Board directly you can email the Presiding Member at


New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) provides a range of services to all school boards to support and enhance boards’ capability in governance and employment. They have a contract with the Ministry of Education to deliver a fully-integrated range of services free to all boards to support and enhance their capability in governance and employment.



The board's policies are its guiding principles. Bellevue School has six policies that are the statements of intent, rules and boundaries that provide direction for the school. These policies are consistent with government legislation, regulations, the charter of the school and the relevant employment agreements. They are reviewed on a three year cycle.

If you wish to view any of the procedures that sit under each of these policies please contact the school office.

Our school policies are:-

1.0 Policy Curriculum Student Achievement 

2.0 Policy Administration Management 
3.0 Policy Employment Personnel 
4.0 Policy Financial Property Management 
5.0 Policy Health Safety 
6.0 Policy General Legislation 


School Trustees Elections

NZSTA works in partnership with the Ministry of Education to support the school board election process and promote community engagement and participation.

School board elections involve the largest number of candidates and voters of any democratic process in New Zealand. 

Triennial Elections: Every three years, state and state-integrated school communities elect their parent and staff representatives to help govern their schools. 2022 is when the next triennial school board member elections are due to be held.

Staggered (mid-term) Elections: Some boards opt into the staggered (mid-term) election cycle. This means that these schools hold triennial elections for some of their parent representatives and mid-term elections for the remaining parent representatives. The mid-terms are held 18 months after the triennial elections. The next mid-terms are due to be held towards the end of 2023. You can find out more here.