Our Board of Trustees

Every state school in New Zealand has a Board of Trustees usually made up of elected parent representatives, the Principal as the boards Chief executive, an elected staff representative, an elected student representative if the school has secondary students and co-opted trustees.

Boards of Trustees are accountable to whanau, local communities, the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Education and other agencies for their actions and performance. This accountability explains why the Educational Review Team (ERO) report to the board with regard to the progress of the school. Read our ERO Reports.

The board is responsible for school strategic and policy direction, ensuring student safety, quality education for students, and for overseeing management of curriculum, staff, property, finances and administration and also for the monitoring and reviewing against targets to inform planning.

We have a very active and engaged Board of Trustees that is representative of our community. We have one co-opted member, Makere Ranga, who represents and liaises with local Hapu and Iwi. We also have two further co-opted members who were co-opted for their digital and communications experience, Joe Hassell and Tara Wrigley. Co-opted members are full voting rights as per the elected board members. If you would like to contact our Board of Trustees, please email: boardoftrustees@raglanarea.school.nz

Follow this link to view a copy of our 2018 School Charter.

Our Current Board Members

Chris Banks

Chris Banks

Board Chair

Kia ora e te whanau o Whaingaroa, Greetings to my extended school community and whanau. My name is Chris Banks and I’m married to Arna Rose Solomon-Banks. We have had many nephews and nieces enjoy their school years at Raglan Area School alongside our 3 children, Charlie, Kimihia and Coco, who is currently in Year 5 at Raglan Area School. I have been a member, and supporter, of a number of community and sports organisations over the 40 years I have been living here in Raglan.

My primary focus as a BOT member is to potentiate and accelerate the equitable learning opportunities for all our students. The strengths I will bring to our school community include:

  • A commitment to the physical and emotional safety, and well being of staff and students.
  • Whakawhanaungatanga; building the capacity for meaningful community relationships and networking.
  • Acknowledgement and reinforcement of mana whenua, tikanga me te reo Maori, and pride in our bi-cultural heritage and leadership.
  • A well researched understanding of the current and future shape of the NZ education system particularly eLearning and the development of Communities of Learning.
  • Acknowledgement of the increasing multi-cultural landscape of Whaingaroa.
  • Representing and serving parent voice and values.
  • Ongoing support and professional growth to support our wonderful teaching team.
  • A passion to pursue excellent outcomes for all students.
Joe Hassell

Joe Hassell

Co-opted Member

Kia Ora Koutou, Whaingaroa stole my heart 11 years ago when Jenny and I moved here to make our home here on Wainui Road. We have three children, two of whom were born here in Whaingaroa. Our two eldest are both students at RAS and the youngest will join them soon!

The passion I feel for Raglan Area School is overwhelming. Having seen first hand the positive impact that schools can have on the community, I am brimming with enthusiasm to support RAS to continue to grow and deliver exceptional results to all students across the realms of cultural, academic and social well being. I recognise the value education brings not just to the students attending but to the entire community.

Professionally, my career has ranged from Software Development through to business management and sales where in my current role I manage the NZ operation for Actifio, a Boston-based software company. I work at home and travel frequently across NZ.

My youth was dominated by outdoor sports, like climbing and snowboarding. Outdoor Education was the saving grace that kept me at High School and afterwards I chose to pursue Snowboarding (primarily coaching) for several years before completing a BSc in Computer Science and Philosophy at the University of Canterbury.

I was the Student Rep on the BoT at Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka and head of the student council. I have been active as a director on several small companies over the years. In addition to very deep technology experience, my skills strengths include oration, critical analysis, negotiation.

The present and forecast growth in our community offers a huge opportunity. The RAS Board has the opportunity to show strong bold vision and leadership to guide our community to the next level of excellence with decisive decision making, informed but not ruled by data. I’m excited to help grow support for the school to unleash its potential to ensure Whaingaroa youth thrive, while also expanding on and continuing to serve the unique community values and needs of the families of Whaingaroa.

Lisa Thomson

Lisa Thomson

Parent Representative

Tena tatou katoa,
Ko Karioi te maunga
Ko Whaingaroa te moana
Ko Aotea te whenua
Ko Te Makaka take kainga tuturu
Ko Motakotako te marae
Ko Ngati Whakamarurangi Ko Ngati Mahanga – Hourua nga hapu

I am very lucky to live and work in Whaingaroa/Raglan, bringing up my children here and being actively involved in our diverse community. I feel very connected to the school. I am on the Raglan Swimming Club committee, which works in partnership with the school to provide swimming lessons to our community. I am currently Raglan representative on the Raglan Community Board and am on the board of Raglan Chamber of Commerce.

I currently co-manage the schools’ soccer team, which is a lot of fun. My daughter, Charlie is in year 12 and my son Karewa is in year 10, they both enjoy being active in the school and wider community.

I feel very passionate about our community, I believe that our rangatahi are incredibly special and am very privileged to work for the community as a trustee on the Board of Trustees.

Tara Wrigley

Tara Wrigley

Co-opted Member

My name is Tara Wrigley. I grew up in Paeroa just down the road, so whilst I’m not a born and bred Raglan local, I am a Waikato girl through and through.

Ko Moehau me Te Aroha nga maunga
Ohinemuri, Waihou, Piako nga awa
Ko Tīkapa te moana
Ko Hauraki te whenua
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Tamatera te tangata
Ngati Tamatera te Iwi
Ngati Taharua me Ngati Tawhaki nga Hapu
Ko Taharua te Whare Tupuna

I’ve lived in Raglan for about 10 years now and have a supportive partner and 3 children. 2 boys; Tawhia (12) and Sylvan (10) and Inès (5) all of whom are at Raglan Area School. When it came time to decide which school to send my kids to and while I knew I had a choice, I wanted to support our local school because I believe that the more families who support the school, the better the school will be which is great for the students but also makes our community stronger.

There are so many unique things about our school; it’s amazing location, the fact that it caters from Years 1 through to 13, the school’s strong bicultural identity, and the fact that we don’t discriminate based on how smart you are, or how good at sports you are, or on how wealthy you are.There is much to celebrate and much of the time we don’t get to hear about all these things. I want to help change that.

I’m so excited by the potential of Raglan Area School. Alongside my BOT colleagues, RAS Staff, and with the help of people in the community we can create a school that our whole community is proud of. A school that Raglan parents know is the best school for their children and one that will rival any school in Hamilton or NZ. 

In my professional life my jobs have been focused in the advertising, PR, marketing and eCommerce fields. I am particularly interested in how technology and digital communication tools have the ability to aid communication, collaboration and connection. I have used this interest for the last six years working as an Account Manager for a software company in Auckland.

With kindness, and hope, anticipation and excitement of what is yet to come. Nga mihi, Tara

Mel Brydon

Mel Brydon

Parent Representative

Ko Te Arawa te Iwi
Ko Ngati Pikiao te Hāpu
Nō Rotorua ahau Kei Whaingaroa tōku kainga
Ko Mel Brydon tōku ingoa
Kia Ora Koutou– My name is Mel Brydon and am privileged to be part of the Raglan Area School Board of Trustees. I attended this kura for four years in the senior school and upon finishing returned to Rotorua to work and study. I spent more than a decade working within a national organisation running youth education and employment programmes.  I was in management roles for over half this time developing a strong background in finance, accounting, human resources, health & safety, computing and business admin. My family and I then decided to return to Raglan and have been part of this community now for more than 14 years. I have two beautiful boys attending Raglan Area School.  I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for more than 5 years. I find this position intensely rewarding.  I’m very passionate about our young people, our school and our community and hope to create a variety of opportunities through a variety of learning mediums – whether that is sport, outdoor recreation or through music, arts or drama in addition to the curriculum learning that takes place. I want our young people to be safe, to be happy, to learn and be educated, to achieve, to experience and celebrate successes, to be all they can be to live the best life possible.

Cindy Tedeschi

Cindy Tedeschi

Parent Representative

I am a secondary teacher with 22 years teaching experience.  I have in the last few years attained a Post Graduate and Masters of Education in Gifted and Talented studies.  I have taught in the areas of Media and English.

I am passionate about teaching and giving our children the best opportunities to develop their talents and realise their potential.  As a young child growing up, I had many dreams about where my life would take me.  In Raglan the students here are so lucky to have so many talented teachers and mentors to guide them.

Raglan has the potential to be a great school and offer many unique learning experiences for your children and one day their children.  I would like too ensure that Raglan Area School has the ability to grow and develop further.

I bring with me, years experience as a teacher, I understand how schools run and have sat on many committees.

Makere Ranga

Makere Ranga

Marae Representative

Makere Ranga is of Ngati Patupō descent; Kāwhia tai, Kāwhia kai, Kāwhia tāngata! Makere is a committed parent and whānau member of Te Rōpū Aroha ki te Reo, and a consistent presence and support, alongside members of her well known extended whānau, at all of the events & activities at Kura and in the wider community of Whaingaroa that help strengthen and grow the educational equity of Māori tamariki & whānau in Whaingaroa. She brings to the Board her aspirations for Māori whānau and community as a whole. That their tamariki will receive the education that supports their cultural, spiritual, physical and intellectual growth invested in the belief  in the deep potential of their whakapapa inheritance and the unique opportunity of an education within this community of Whaingaroa in Te Tai Hauāuru.

Rhys Ellison

Rhys Ellison

Parent Representative

I was born in Raglan and attended Raglan Area School until the age of 13. After High School I attended Otago and Waikato Universities, was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1994 and have practiced law for almost 20 years in both New Zealand and Ireland.

Rugby has also been a big part of my life having played 60 games for Otago, over 90 games for Waikato, winning the Ranfurly Shield and National Championship, and defeating teams like the British Lions and Australia. I also played for NZ Secondary Schools, NZ Colts, NZ Universities, NZ Maoris, in three All Black Trials, and played professionally in Japan and for the Irish province of Munster.

I have two sons attending Raglan Area School, aged 15 and 11 and come from a multicultural/country background. My wife is from Ireland and I have both NZ and Irish citizenship. My father whakapapa’s to Ngai Tahu, Taranaki, and Ngati Porou, and my mother to Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, and Ngati Raukawa. There is also a dash of English, Scottish and French thrown into my genetic makeup.

Education is one of the key ingredients to the person I am today. I always had big footprints to follow: My Great Uncle Tom was the first All Black Captain, and the first Maori to graduate with a Law degree from a New Zealand University. My Grandfather was the 4th Maori to graduate from University with a Medical Degree and my father practiced medicine in Raglan for 46 years.

I am passionate about our children getting a good education. I hope to help this school produce good well rounded young adults who will contribute to the community, and make footprints for themselves, and I look forward to being part of the Board on the next part of this journey.

Peter Maloney

Peter Maloney

Staff Representative

 

Aroha Hohepa / Quenten Browne

Aroha Hohepa / Quenten Browne

Acting Principals