MEET YOUR BOT MEMBERS
Tena koutou e te whanau o te Kura o Kuratau,
My name is Mabel Flight and I am the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees. I am married to James Flight, and we have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. This is my second term as Chairperson, and I am passionate about ensuring our children receive the best learning opportunities to achieve to their full potential.
Our daughters Tayla and Billie spent all their primary years at Kuratau, and we are proud to say their education at Kuratau has enabled them to enjoy academic success at College.
I look forward to meeting parents throughout the year, and encourage you to support our next major event “Bike Day” in June.
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.
Kia Ora! I have been a teacher at Kuratau since 2013 and the staff rep. since 2014. My husband and I have had a holiday home here since 1999 and it’s an area I have always loved so when a job became available here I applied and was lucky enough to get it. Kuratau School has a special character all of its own. The students and staff care for and about each other and it’s like being in a large family.
Our staff and B.O.T. work together for the continuing improvement of our school achievement levels and to ensure every child is catered for.
I’m married, with 3 adult children and we have a small lifestyle block at Omori/Kuratau. My interests are family, gardening, reading and horse riding. I’m also a member of the Turangi Blue Light.
Board of Trustees - Member
Kia ora te whanau o te kura o Kuratau
Nga mihi mahana kia koutou katoa
My name is Lorraine Kerr MNZM and I am President of the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA), representing the governing boards (Boards of Trustees) of 93% of New Zealand’s publicly-funded schools.
Along with other sector leaders I am a member of numerous government and cross-sector education reference groups and am known as a passionate and effective champion of change. I have been a school trustee since the inception of New Zealand’s system of elected community-based school boards of trustees – “Tomorrow’s Schools” in 1989.
Before taking on the role of NZSTA President, I was part of the Tuwharetoa Education team who managed a number of education partnership projects for both Tūwharetoa and the Ministry of Education.
In 2012 I was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education. But, one of my best endeavours has been as a member of the board of trustees for Kuratau School. I am very proud of how far we at Kuratau have come - particularly under the dual leadership of Mabel Flight our Board Chair and Craig McGregor our Principal. Your tamariki and their learning experiences are not only our business but also your business. Together we can help our Kuratau tamariki be whatever they aspire to be.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? Maku a te atu – he tangata, he tangata, he tangata
What is the most important thing in the world? I will tell you – tis people, tis people, tis people.
Kuratau Primary School
My name is Reece Neill. I have been a member of the Kuratau School Board of trustees since 2015 and my two children, Jorja and Lucas, have both completed their primary schooling through Kuratau School and have moved onto the next stage of their education extremely well prepared.
I believe we have a dedicated and caring staff at our school and I enjoy being a part of the BOT, aiming to assist the staff to keep up a fantastic high standard of achievement.
As a locally educated and raised trade qualified member of the community, I feel privileged to have been elected to the board and look forward to seeing our students go on to achieve their goals.
BOT Elect Member
Kia Ora, hello, my name is Sascha Wells. My husband Jeremy and I have three children – one already attending Kuratau School and another starting later this year (2017). Our family moved to Omori in 2013. We consider ourselves blessed to live in such a naturally rich part of rural New Zealand that has much to offer in terms of outdoor activities, lifestyle and community. We are very grateful to have a local school for our children to attend. I personally value education and believe that a positive attitude towards learning in the early years is a strong predictor of personal success throughout life. I see being part of the Board of Trustees as a way of having a more active role in ensuring Kuratau School continues to strive for excellence in education for every child that is enrolled at Kuratau School.
A little about me - my study background is in Psychology and Mental Health. I have worked for the Waitemata District Health Board in adult mental health before taking a role with a Non-Government Organisation working with families who have a child with a disability. During this time I moved into a leadership role managing the provision of a range of services to families in need of support. More recently I have facilitated a Parenting Programme in prison before we moved to this area.
In 2016 I was elected onto Kuratau School Board of Trustees; I consider this responsibility a privilege. I personally think a strong positive partnership between school and parents benefits our children and their learning journey. I hope you will say ‘Hi’ when you see me around school or in the community.
Board of Trustees - Member
A wish for all our kids to achieve and that the school does the best by our kids. Sense of humour Dedicated parent Master of Transport Registered Engineering Associate
This is my first term as a Board of Trustees Member. It is great to be part of the wider Kuratau School team and to be part of a community supporting the positive achievements of the best school in the central North Island.
While new to the Board, I am not new to the school having taught here a year or two back, as well as being a past Kuratau relief school bus driver on occasion. And of course, I met a number of very sociable people from the greater Kuratau area while working at the Pataka in Tokaanu.
This year I have been proud to watch my son grow, learn new things, take part in Kapa Haka, tamariki tag and all sorts of wondrous adventures - the school provides a wonderful environment for our kids to thrive and develop.
Craig and the team are doing a truly wonderful job - I am really proud of our school and of its achievements, it is an amazing place and with its mix of rural activities and learning, stands our kids in good stead in preparation for the world and life after school.
Masters in Science
Christine Bayler, BOT Treasurer
I have a Master’s degree in Science and trained as a mycologist (fungi), but now I work as an ecologist with my husband Nick Singers, running our own consultancy business.
We have one child remaining at Kuratau School, Zoë is in Year 6, but her older brother Maxwell also went through Kuratau School, however our oldest daughter Hero, who is now at university, missed the Kuratau experience.
Education is the most important gift we can give our children. It has been an honour to support our principal and teachers to give our children the best education possible since I was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in April 2015 as treasurer. In this short time I believe I have contributed positively to ensure that the school is in the strong financial positon it is in today.
I highly value the conservation ethic being fostered in our children by the wetland project and my husband and I have been working with the school to develop this project and growing native plants to enhance the wetland. The possibilities this project presents for the education and a sense of belonging for our children is immense. The curiosity about the natural world and the importance of natural areas this promotes in the children will hopefully lead to a lifelong interest, connection and sense of guardianship. I believe that if people take care of a place it gives them a sense of pride, empathy and purpose. I see the wetland project as a great vector for stimulating these characteristics in our children.
Community service is very important to me as I have a strong sense of obligation to contribute to the community, provide opportunities for others, and to improve our society. This has been fostered by my parents who were always deeply involved in their local community. It is a privilege to serve on the Kuratau School Board of Trustees with such a strong, dedicated team.