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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)

Anne Smith (Staff representative & Property)

Jeff Silverwood (Parent Representative & Property)

Mandy Mackay (Parent Representative & Board Secretary)

Erin Bellhouse (Parent Representative & Treasurer)

Mary Sleep (Parent Representative)

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

Who are we?

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Policies & Procedures

SchoolDocs provides a comprehensive core set of policies and procedures applicable to all New Zealand primary, intermediate, secondary, and area/composite schools, that is tailored for each school.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Government's priorities for education as set out in The Statement of National Educational Learning Priorities (NELP). The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates modify or create policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our school Board has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. 

Policies and procedures are reviewed on a three year cycle.

To access the Bellevue SchoolDocs website, please click the image below.

Our Username: “bellevue-newlands”
Our Password: “grow”

“Copyright: Except where stated, the content on this site is the copyright of SchoolDocs Ltd. It may not be reproduced without written permission from SchoolDocs Ltd.”


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. 2025 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. You can find out more here.


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