Presiding members report


Tena koutou! Talofa lave! Kia orana! Malo e laumalie! Namaste! Hello everyone


Kia ora koutou katoa; warmest greetings to our Raureka community.

My name is Marguerite Watt and I lead the Raureka Board of Trustees. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my board to you all. I live in Raureka with my partner John and our two children, Jorja who is at high school and Charlie in Year 5 in Room 19.

Our whole board meets 8 times a year – twice a term, to assess and report on progress, plan new projects and review what’s happened since we last met.

The board will post a newsletter each term with news of our latest activities to keep you informed.

Our aim is to serve you as an open and communicative board and we want to hear from you. If you see any of us at school come and have a chat about trustees and our role in serving you as the Board of Trustees.

Naku noa na, nga mihi nui

Elected parent trustee: Marguerite Watt – Presiding Member:

Our board chair is now called a Presiding member. This position is held by Marguerite Watt. Marguerite is Charlie’s Mum and this is the third term on the board. As a presiding member, she meets regularly with the principal, sets and manages the board meetings and oversees the communication between the board and the principal.

Elected Parent Trustee: Megan Bayley- Finance

Our treasurer is Megan Bayley. Megan is Mum to Hannah in Room 2 Year 4 and Henry Year 1 Room 14. This is Megan’s first term on the board and she meets monthly with the finance committee to check income and spending. She supports admin staff and school management to get our school finances and checks out everything as a group.

Elected Parent Trustee: Nic Burkin- Property

Our property person is Nic Burkin. Nic is Ben’s Mum from Year 5 Room 19 and Ronan’s Mum from Year 3 Room 1. This is Nic’s second term on our board. She oversees all things done with the buildings and grounds. Nic liaises with school management and sometimes the Ministry of Education for current and future planning of our school property and grounds.

Elected Staff Trustee: Donna Sanders

Our staff rep is Donna Sanders. She teaches her class in Room 5, leads the Senior Team and is part of the School Management Team. She was elected onto the board by the teachers and support staff to represent the staff. Donna speaks and reports on their behalf at our meetings.

Elected Trustee: Marisa Thomson- Health and Safety

Our health and safety person is Marisa Thomson. Marisa is Ritchie’s Mum from Year 6 Room 5. She has also been on our board for 2 terms. Over this time, she has been versatile with doing finance and now she oversees our Health and Safety. This is a role that we are currently building on. Marisa meets each term with school management, the caretaker and a staff rep.

Selected Trustee: Stacey Tito -Community

Our community rep is Stacey Tito. Stacey is Rayne’s Mum from Room 5 Year 6! This is Stacey’s 2nd term on our Board and she oversees all things community-based. She is also our ‘go-to’ resource person for cultural insight, and procedures and sets us straight when we need a few tweaks.

Principal: Greg Riceman

And of course, our Raureka School Principal is Greg Riceman. He is an automatic member of our board meaning he isn’t elected on. He leads the school and does all the day-to-day management of the school whilst the board governs. So he’s your go-to person for all things Raureka.