Board of Trustees
Seeking election onto the Board of Trustees [BOT] is the most formal means of involvement in the school. The BOT is the school’s governing body and members work closely with management at a strategic level. Board meetings are advertised in advance and are open to the public.
The Seatoun School Board of Trustees (the Board) is the elected group of parents and staff representatives who have the responsibility for the governance of our school.
The school’s successes result from an effective and ongoing partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Board, the Principal, the staff, the students, their parents, caregivers and families and the wider Seatoun community.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated and motivated principal and staff. Our children achieve in all areas. With the continued commitment and support of the whole school and community we can achieve our aim to cater for each student’s individual needs and ensure that all reach their full potential both during their time at Seatoun School and in the future.
Seatoun School is rated by the Government as a decile 10 school. This means we receive substantially less funding than other schools based on the expectation that our location in a high socio/ economic area gives us greater access to financial and other resources. Your contribution in terms of time, skills and money are more than just a bonus to the school – they are critical for the effective day to day running and are a key ingredient in the delivery of the highest quality education to your child or children.
We look forward to meeting you and your child and to establishing a positive, enjoyable and mutually rewarding relationship with you and your family.
— Seatoun School Board of Trustees
Seatoun School Charter
A copy of the Seatoun School Charter can be viewed at the School Office or on line. Included in this Charter is the 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan, 2019 Annual Action Plan, and 2019 Achievement Targets. This document has been accepted by the Ministry of Education, and outines the objectives and goals for the current year.
You can download our Charter here as a pdf
Introducing our Board of Trustees Parent Reps
It is a great privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees of Seatoun School. I have three young sons, two of whom are already at Seatoun School and one who will be joining in 2020, so I am very invested in the continued success of the school.
I am a lawyer at the Crown Law Office, where I manage one of the Criminal Teams. My background is as a Crown prosecutor but I have also done regulatory work and general public law work. I currently manage a team of about 12 lawyers in Wellington and Auckland. While I would hope there would be no need for my criminal law expertise on the Board, I have a lot of experience resolving disputes and negotiating for good outcomes.
My management role means I also have experience managing budgets and resources, recruiting staff and dealing with general employment matters. We are fortunate to have a wonderful teaching staff and Principal; I see our role as a Board as supporting them to help our children be the best they can be.
My name is Nick Conn and my wife Claire and I have 3 boys at Seatoun School – Stanley (year 7), Freddie (year 5) and George (year 2). Our boys have all had an amazing start to their education at Seatoun. I have been impressed by the dedication of the staff and the school’s strong values and leadership.
I am a physiotherapist and business owner. I love my work as I interact daily with staff, patients and clients and meet many interesting people. Since starting the business in 2003, it has grown to employ 35 staff across 3 businesses. Last year we started a social enterprise with the objective of delivering physiotherapy services to communities who face barriers to accessing services. My role requires me to have a broad range of skills including technical, HR, finance, marketing, quality assurance, as well as service development. One of the best things about my work is that it gives me the flexibility to be involved in the boys’ school life.
I am a member of the Institute of Directors and sit on 2 boards and a Finance, Risk and Audit committee.
My interest in education comes from my mum who was a teacher. She taught me that learning never stops and this love of learning and inquiry is something we want our kids to have. Dad taught me to listen to my mum. I’m currently learning Te Reo which is challenging and fun.
One of the many benefits of having three kids is that I have good reach across the Seatoun School community. I would like to see all kids in our school have an opportunity to thrive.
— Tēnā koutou katoa
My name is Justine Crawford and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Seatoun School because I want to contribute and serve our school community. We currently have Max in year 7, Charlie in year 5 and Tobie in year 3.
My recent governance experience is BoT Gisborne Central School, Montessori Council, Chairperson of Tairawhiti Child Protection Network and community representative on Tairawhiti District Health Child Health Governance Group.
There hasn’t been any grand career development plan but various moves have facilitated changes in career direction. After graduating from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Secondary Teaching I taught at Fraser High School and Sacred Heart Girls’ College.
For the next decade I worked for ICT companies [Telecom, IBM, Gen-i] in training specialist, training management and project management roles.
A return to my home town of Gisborne resulted in another career transition into community development. I led the Gisborne Voter Participation Project, designed to increase voter turnout in the local Council and DHB 2010 election. Following that, I was employed by Te Ora Hou as researcher, analyst, project manager for Tiakina ô Tâtou Tamariki, or Keep our Kids Safe. This project focussed on building strong neighbourhoods and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. I also supervised a research project on local attitudes, beliefs and awareness of sexual violence against children.
I am currently employed as a Programme Manager for Social Policy at the Ministry of Social Development.
I value teachers and education extremely highly, and consider schools to be dynamic and vital hubs within our communities. I would love to be involved in helping Seatoun School build on its many strengths through the Board of Trustees.
My name is Lloyd Davies and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Seatoun School.
From October this year I will have four children at Seatoun School, ranging from year 0 to year 5. I have an incentive to make sure Seatoun School is the best it can be! I want to provide the best opportunities for my children, and to have them thrive in a supportive and progressive environment.
I am a lawyer currently working at Contact Energy Limited. I have extensive experience in resolving governance issues and providing robust and fair guidelines for organisations to operate in.
I am also passionate about the value of a strong and cohesive community. Seatoun School is an integral part of the wider Seatoun community, and brings people together. I want to see that continue and grow stronger.
I want Seatoun School to further commit to a culture that adds value, fulfilment, friendship, learning and growth. I want Seatoun School to be an awesome experience for the children who attend, and a fulfilling place to work for its teachers.
I want Seatoun School to be place that is worth belonging to.
I am delighted to serve on the Seatoun School Board of Trustees. When we first moved to Seatoun, I was immediately drawn to the school motto “The Best We Can Be” and felt privileged that my two children would become a part of this school community. It resonates with my belief that every child is unique and has a talent or passion that can be harnessed for their future. As parents, teachers, or members of the wider community, we can help each and every child reach their full potential and be the best that they can be.
After qualifying as a lawyer, I gained a broad range of experience working for government and the commercial sector, both here and overseas. More recently, my career has been commercially focused, working as an Executive Director for an overseas company providing advisory services in emerging markets. In that role I served on two Boards, giving me a sound understanding of the legal and financial reporting requirements for organisations and the importance of being a team player. I am also a member of NZ’s Institute of Directors.
At one point in my career I worked for the State Services Commission, which has governance responsibility for the State Sector including School Boards. This gave me a great insight into how effective governance can help organisations achieve a common goal – even though they may be different in size, scale and purpose. As your Parent representative on the Board, I welcome the opportunity to use this experience to make sure the many and valuable parts of our school community – including parents, teachers and the wider community – achieve our shared goal of guiding our children to be the very best they can be.