Board of Trustees Newsletter Term 3

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

The Board of Trustees is elected every three years. We have five parent representatives:
Vanna Blucher Chair
David Windler Treasurer
Trudi Bragg Events
Jeanne-Marie van Dolleweerd Friends of Matipo
Claire Mullord Secretary
Also Natalie Kennerley as the Staff Representative and the Principal.

The Board is responsible for governance and finances. Governance is policy, compliance, legal, suspensions and expulsions, and budgets etc. The Board does not manage the day-to-day running of the school, class placements, curriculum direction etc. The Board act as parent representatives and meet on a monthly basis on the 3rd Monday of the month except in January.

Long Term Maintenance Plan
Various property reports are currently being gathered for the school’s next five year property plan. High on the list is modernisation of the Room 6 – 9 Junior Block, Room 14 and 20 toilet blocks, acoustic ceiling tiles for a couple of rooms, drainage and roofing repairs and the beginnings of a roll out of heat pumps to cover all rooms eventually.

The Board are proud of the achievements of the children this year. We have won four cluster sports tournaments to date: Athletics, Rugby League, Soccer and Cricket. We are also thrilled with our National Standards achievement – better than the National, the Auckland and the Cluster averages.

Please support the school’s recycling of clothes (at the back gate) and cell phones for Starship Hospital (to the office).

More About Our Board Members:

Vanna Blucher
Vanna is the Board Chair. She is currently Deputy Principal of a large primary school but is shortly moving to a new position at a secondary school. Vanna’s passion and interest is in the welfare of children and school achievement.

David Windler
David is a mortgage broker. Prior to this career, David worked for 10 years as a coaching advisor for Auckland Cricket and was a cricket player of some distinction himself. David is the Board Treasurer.

Trudi Bragg
Trudi is a long haul air hostess with Air New Zealand. Trudi is involved in school events and functions and attends all that she can. She also has responsibility on the Board for Maori and Pacific.

Jeanne-Marie van Dolleweerd
Jeanne-Marie is the Friends of Matipo co-ordinator. Since the launch of Friends of Matipo, parents have been involved in helping with the likes of fun day, school athletics, the netball fundraiser, cleaning up after the hall fire and preparing for the santa parade. In Term 1 Friends of Matipo held the Summer on the Green concert, and in Term 2, 250 people attended a screening of the Paddington Bear movie. This term we will host a quiz night for parent and a school disco for children. Anyone who would like to be involved with Friends of Matipo can contact Jeanne-Marie at, or like our Facebook page.

Claire Mullord
Claire has a legal background and experience with care and protection matters for children so is interested in helping make sure the school’s policies and communications are clear and easily understood. Claire has enjoyed her role on the BOT and the insight it has given her into the hard work that goes into making Matipo such a great school. She says we have a strong and ethically very sound Board of Trustees and parents should feel confident that the best interests of the children are put first at all times.

Natalie Kennerley
Natalie is the staff representative. She has been teaching at Matipo for 9 years. Prior to this, she was a children’s book buyer for Dymocks Book Shop chain.