Board of Trustees

"A school board must perform its functions and exercise its power in such a way as to ensure that every student at the school is able to attain his or her highest possible standard in educational achievement." (Education Act 1989, S.75)

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Board Profiles

Russell Matthews (Chair)

Tena Koutou, having 3 children my association with the school began in 2005 and will continue through to 2017. I am a first time board member and I look forward to working hard within a committed board to ensure our pupils and staff are given every opportunity to succeed.

Nigel Clemas

Tena Koutou, my name is Nigel Clemas and I am 44 years of age of Ngati Tuwharetoa/Nga puhi decent. I have been a member of the Board since 2010. My daughter Alyssa completed her schooling at Arahoe in 2012 and my son Drew is in Mr Moncur’s Year 3 class for 2013.

Melanie Sorby

I have two children at Arahoe, Devereaux in year 3 and Bronte in year 2 with my third child due to start in 2014. My background is primarily in teaching, having taught in both New Zealand and England. I am a community focused person and look forward to the next three years working together with the Board of Trustees.

Calum Maclean

Shaun Bennett

Glenn Stone

Melanie Sorby

I started my journey at Arahoe as a parent of a new entrant in 2010.  That new entrant is now a successful 12 year old attending Blockhouse Bay intermediate.  I have two other children who are both still currently attending Arahoe, one in year three and one in year six.  Having already served a three year term as an Arahoe Board member I have been fortunate enough to be part of the team that has seen through some major changes at Arahoe including the building of our new ILE.  I look forward to continuing to being part of a team that brings success for all our students.

Helen Farrington

I have two children at Arahoe, one in year 4 and one in year 5. I am a teacher at Rainbow Cottage Kindergarten in New Lynn and have recently graduated with a Diploma in Education (ECE). I have been a member of the Arahoe Community Group for 5 years and chairperson for the last 3 years.  I have been on the BOT for almost two and a half years and have found the experience both challenging and extremely rewarding. I enjoy being involved in the school community through both the Board and the ACG, and it has been a privilege to be part of the growth and development of our school. I am passionate about strengthening relationships between the Board, the ACG and the wider school community. 

  Corin Armstead

I have been teaching at Arahoe School for 18 years.  I have predominantly taught in the junior area of the school, however, for the last 4 years I have been teaching ESOL and International Students. This year I have also taken on coordinating the Asian Language Learning programmes available at our school.  I have 2 children who have completed their years at Arahoe and have now moved onto Intermediate and High School.

The Role of the Board of Trustees

Every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a board of trustees. Boards bring families, communities and schools together to work towards a quality education for our children.

The role of the school board of trustees is the governance and control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school and appoints a principal to provide the day to day management of the school. The Principal is required to comply with the board’s general policy directions but has discretion to manage the school on a day to day basis. The board focuses on the vision and policies for the school and is ultimately accountable for the school’s performance and compliance with legal requirements.

What do trustees do?

The school board has the overall responsibility for the governance of the school, including meeting certain legal obligations, responsibility for property, personnel, financial management, reporting to the Ministry and school community, and meeting national requirements set by the Ministry of Education.

The board sets direction through the charter that the Principal and staff then put in place. It must also monitor and report annually on its progress towards these goals.

Board of Trustee Meetings

The Board meets once a month from February through to December. Meetings are open to the public however they are not public meetings where everyone has the right to speak.

Speaking rights can be granted in advance by the Board Chair. Sometimes parts of the meeting are closed to the public when the board is discussing confidential matters. In a typical board meeting you may see;
Setting of educational goals and strategic direction.
Reviewing and occasionally rewriting of policies.
Monitoring of how the school is progressing against its annual targets and how well students are achieving.
Decisions on how the school's funding will be spent.
Formulation and overseeing of the five year property plan.

How or why you might contact the Board

Any matters that concern the day to day management of the school (whether administrative or educational) should in the first instance be directed to the school management. If you do not believe the school management has adequately dealt with your issue you may then escalate this to the Board chair.

Contact details for the school office and all teachers are available on the “our staff” [hyperlink] section on this website. If your concern is about a matter which you don't feel able to discuss directly with the teacher or is of a more general nature you can then contact the team leader of your child’s syndicate;

· Ara Tuakana (years 5-6) Dr Randal Morris

· Ara Pakeke (years 3-4) Ms Jocelyn Hutton

· Ara Teina (years 1-2) Ms Shenita Prasad

Or at any time please feel free to contact the Principal (Richard Limbrick).

If the issue concerns the Principal you can contact the Board chair. You may also wish to raise questions regarding school policies, these can also be raised with the Board chair at