Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees generally meets monthly, at 7.30pm in the School’s staffroom. Members of the School’s public who wish to attend may do so. If they have matters they wish to discuss with the Board, this may be done during the parent forum between 7.30pm - 8.00pm before the Board moves to monthly business.
Minutes of the Board of Trustees meetings are held in the School Office and are available for parents to read. A copy of the School’s Annual Plan is also available.
Parent Representative (Chairperson)
My name is John Baillie, I have lived up the Kapiti Coast for over six years and I have three children (13, 5 and 1) who I adore.
What do I believe about schools and education?
I want our children to love learning. I want them to develop what they are passionate about. I am not a fan of standardised tests – life is a whole lot more complicated than that!
I also believe that we should not wrap our children in cotton wool – we learn just as much by doing as we do by reading. I also believe that schools are an essential part of our communities and that as parents and caregivers we have a crucial role in helping our school thrive.
What would I bring to the Board?
My experience comes from being a parent, a trained psychologist and a person who is responsible for the corporate functions e.g. HR, Legal, Health and Safety and IT, for one of NZ’s largest property businesses. Along with these roles I have previous experience on the Board of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
I not only bring my knowledge and experience from my various roles, but also a passion for helping our children engage in science, technology and maths. Previously I was involved in the establishment of the NZ Science Media Centre and the Science Learning Hub (a key tool for NZ schools teaching science).
I have a deep personal understanding of the needs of children who have challenges with learning, having trained as a psychologist and as a brother with a profoundly disabled twin sister.
Running a school these days is a complicated business (health & safety, accounting, HR, technology, property management etc). I believe I can bring all my corporate skills and life experience to help the school operate well.
Parent Representative (Property)
Kia ora koutou, kō Anna Carter ahau. I am one of your school Board of Trustee members. I have been living on the Kāpiti Coast for the last 20 years with my husband John. We have three sons - our youngest is at Waikanae School and the other two have both been through Waikanae School. I had been thinking about standing for the Board for some time, as I wanted to be actively involved in our school community and I am really pleased that I have been given the opportunity now - so thank you.
I really valued the honesty and integrity that our school leadership and teachers bring to our school. I have always felt that I have been able to raise issues with my children’s teachers and/or the senior leadership and that those discussions have been responded to positively. I fully support the strategic direction Waikanae School is taking in upholding and promoting key values and weaving those through the school curriculum. I support open reporting but not necessarily standardised testing as I believe that our children’s teachers have the best understanding of how our children might be performing. As a parent, I will always rely on the teacher’s assessment of my child over statistics and test results. I would encourage you, if you have any concerns about your child, to speak to their teacher in the first instance.
As other parents have raised with me, I struggle with how as a parent and as a school community we might implement the digital curriculum. My children and in particular my youngest child is considered to be a ‘digital native’ - he is already fully immersed in the digital world. Everyday he interacts with a device of some sort or watches his brothers and parents use devices. The power of the internet is mind-boggling and yet I feel the need to be cautious because we still do not know the effects (good or bad) of time spent on devices including time learning on devices. I support the position that Waikanae School has taken in its Strategic Plan that tamariki will be able to “experience digital technology as a part of the curriculum with a focus on problem solving and safety online (Strategic Priority 5 - see the website here for the full Strategic Plan Waikanae_School_Guiding_Documents__2019.pdf). I am grateful that Waikanae School is not a BYOD (bring your own device) school, which has been made possible by previous Boards allocating funding for Chrome books and I hope that this can continue into the future. However, I also acknowledge the benefits digital technology can make to teaching and to learning. I love receiving the video and photo updates through the SeeSaw application that my child’s teacher uses. I value the Facebook pages that periodically get set up for classrooms that support fostering relationships outside the classroom. I can also see the huge advantage that google docs provides that enables the teacher to oversee student’s work in real time. With all that in mind, I think inquiry or play-based learning particularly in junior school Te Waharua Tahi, and continued support for hands-on curriculum subjects such as art, science and handwriting will remain important right through to Year 8.
I hope that every child’s time at Waikanae School will be one of wonderment, exploration, creativity and enjoyment.
Parent Representative (Finance)
I have lived in Waikanae for nearly 15 years and have two children who attend Waikanae School. I currently work for the Greater Wellington Regional Council in a Senior Leadership role as Pou Whakarae. In my role I work with iwi communities to build effective partnerships.
I currently hold a number of governance roles including as Director of consultancy firm Tu Taiao Ltd, and was previously in governance roles for:
• Kapiti Island Tours Ltd
• Te Upoko Taiaio Plan Review Committee of Greater Wellington
• Strategy and Policy Standing Committee, Greater Wellington
• Whitireia Park Board.
I was also recently appointed to the Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CORE) Selection Panel with the Tertiary Education Committee. I Chaired the Orotokare Trust from 2010 – 2014 and was Chair of the Board of Trustees at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Ngā Mokopuna in Seatoun from 2001-2003. I am a member of The Institute of Directors and a qualified Environmental Hearing Commissioner, having served on a number of resource management hearings.
I am actively involved in supporting the kids in numerous sporting and recreational activities including rugby, ballet and netball, and love being part of the Waikanae Community. I bring a wealth of passion and experience to the school Board of Trustees role and would love the opportunity to work with our school community.
Staff Rep. Deputy Principal and Leader of Learning
Michelle graduated and taught in the UK for several years before moving to NZ and joining the staff in February 2009 as a Y4/5 teacher. Michelle was appointed to the role of Syndicate Lead Teacher for Y5/6 in 2010 and also took on the role of Assistant Principal in 2011. Passionate about teaching and learning, Michelle has headed our Science team and now our Maths team to develop pedagogy in our school. Michelle moved into the position of Deputy Principal in 2018 and is the leader of teaching and learning.