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

Purpose of a School Board

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.

For more information about our current Board members, Board meetings and how to contact the Board please see below.

Board Members

Regan Solomon (Chair)

My wife Jesse and I have four children. Our eldest two attended Arahoe School and are now at college. Two of our other boys aged 6 and 10, attend Arahoe. As a trustee I want Arahoe to foster a love of learning amongst its pupils to ensure students who need additional support receive it, and that teachers are supported to excel in the class room.

Russell Matthews

Tena Koutou, having 3 children, my association with the school began in 2005. 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.

Melanie Sorby

I started my journey at Arahoe as a parent of a new entrant in 2010. I have two children now attending Blockhouse Bay Intermediate and one child currently attending Arahoe School. 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. I am a teacher at Rainbow Cottage Kindergarten in New Lynn and have recently graduated with a Diploma in Education (ECE). I have found the experience of being on the board 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.

Jolly Tiwari

Megan Connolly (Staff Trustee)

Richard Limbrick (Principal)

What do the Board of 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 school 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 Trustees 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 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 Associate Principal of your child’s syndicate:

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