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Tawhai School


Board of Trustees

The fundamental role of the Board is the governance of the school and to ensure that the delivery of a quality education programme occurs. The Board and staff work as a team to achieve this aim. The role of the Principal as the professional leader of the school is acknowledged by the Board.

The board members are

  • Stuart Berkeley (Chairperson)
  • Raewyn Lummis
  • Dominic Wright
  • Angela Whitmarsh
  • Melinda McGinty
  • Karen Poole (Principal)
  • Lynley Poole (Staff representative)
  • Steve Kyle

Meeting times

Board meetings are open to all and are normally held on the last Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Staffroom.

Community Survey 2014

As you will know, the Tawhai School Board of Trustees usually meets once a month to discuss issues that impact Tawhai School, and to plan and make decisions about the future direction of the school.

At the last Board meeting we spent a considerable amount of time talking about the responses we have received from the recent Tawhai School Community Survey.  The feedback we receive from this biennial survey is very important to the Board, as the views expressed in the survey not only let us know how our parents and caregivers feel we are doing as a school, but they also help us decide how to spend our school budget and what new initiatives to develop to try and meet the needs and wants of our unique school community.

Now that we have had a chance to discuss the feedback from the survey as a Board, we would like to share this information with our school community at a Hui/community information evening to be held in the last week of Term 3 (Tuesday 23 September). Further details of this evening will be distributed via notice closer to the time, but at that meeting we would welcome any further ideas people have about ways we can keep on improving our school – be it property developments, clubs, resources etc.  So get your thinking caps on and come along and share your ideas (or just listen if you prefer!).  Some examples of recent initiatives around the school to get your creative juices flowing are:


  • Peer Mediation
  • Goodtime Music Academy Bus
  • School Council
  • Student created murals
  • Values flags/signs
  • Fruit tree planting