Strengthening excellent governance for improved student outcomes

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.

'" - Mary Anne Radmacher

All member Boards of Trustees are invited to our 29th Annual Conference – Yes, it is our 29th birthday and we have been part of the education system for 29 years – so how well do you think you are doing?

Big achievements bring big rewards. It may be fame, or fortune, a prize, or the buzz you get from knowing you’ve really done something special and notable.

Sometimes being on the board of trustees gives you the opportunity to get those big wins. Most often though, the board’s work is like the work our students do. Its evolution not revolution; incremental rather than transformative. It’s this incremental, drop-in-the-bucket stuff that eventually creates the opportunity for the revolutionary, transformative big wins.

It can be easy to underestimate the importance of being persistent and being resilient – those qualities that enable us to just keep on keeping on, learning from our experience to date, and doing a bit better next time.

This is why we are trustees – not for the glory, the fame and fortune, but because it is a job that is worth doing, and worth doing well. It doesn’t always need us to roar.

Sometimes, doing well means doing something different and outstanding that makes people stop and gasp in wonder. Sometimes doing well means continuing to do what you are already doing well, in the knowledge that there is always something that can be improved and to continue to look for that something until you find it. Sometimes it means taking the knocks, getting back up and continuing to do what we know is right.

The better you are already doing, the more likely it is that your successes will be incremental ones – building a solid platform for the next big transformation whenever it comes.  Even when you are already doing well – even excellence can be improved on.

Kia mau! Hang in there!
Kia toa! Be brave!
Kia kaha! Be strong, keep going!
Kia manawanui! Be courageous!

As with every other conference there is a smorgasbord of professional development on offer – we know there will be something there for each and every one of you.

We look forward to seeing you all in Rotorua – a geyserland experience we know you will enjoy.

Nga mihi mahana kia koutou katoa

Lorraine Kerr MNZM

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