Kia Ora Koutou
My whanau moved to Green Bay 43 years ago and my sister and I were lucky enough to attend Green Bay School as kids.
My earliest memory of my first school days were of the Community AG day where kids bought their pet lambs to school and we ‘borrowed’ flowers from the neighbours on the way to school to make sand saucers at the Annual School Flower Show. These were idyllic, carefree days and the school really was (and still is) a hub for the community.
Before starting our family, I lived in Japan, where my husband is from. I taught English for the local Board of Education in Nagoya City. I was also a foundation student of the first Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching programme at Auckland College of Education in 1999 but only got to teach in the NZ education system for a short time before moving overseas.
My husband and I have 3 children, (my boys now attend Green Bay High School) and my daughter Maia is in Year 6. I am mid-way through my third term on the Board of our wonderful little school. For the last 15 years, I have volunteered and worked for many local grass roots community organisations within the ‘not for profit’ sector, including the Green Bay Community House. ‘Not for profits’ usually work under a governance model similar to that of the Board, so I have been able to develop a sound understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a governing body. I have recently taken up a new role with Auckland Council where I am still able to work in the Community Development space and I am really enjoying it.
I believe collaboration and strong relationships between school, home and community are a winning combination and I have meet some wonderful kids and their parents through my long association with the school. I hope my own whanau can continue to be a part of the school community for many years to come and I look forward to watching our school grow and develop for the benefit of our kids.