Our Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of elected parent representatives, co-opted trustees, an elected staff trustee and the principal. From time to time the board may hold an election and/or co-opt other parent representatives (or other suitable people) to fill vacancies.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for governing the school by formulating policies, procedures that help ensure the efficient, effective running of the school.

The Board is responsible for governance matters. The Principal is responsible for the professional leadership, day to day management and operation of the school.

The Board of Trustees meetings are usually held on a Wednesday in week 4 and 8 of each school term at 6.00pm in the school staff room. The date and venue are advertised in the school newsletter. Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend these meetings.

Board of Trustee Members

Ngatokorua Miratana Chair

Didier Decruy Deputy Chair

Kelly Te Moananui Whanau Hui Convenor

Janine Laumua

Kathe Tawhiwhirangi Perry

Helen Jackman

Colin Tarr Principal

Tania Chapman Staff Trustee

Trustee biographies follow:

Ngatokorua Miratana

Tēnā koutou te whanau o te kura o Titahi Bay North. He uri tēnei no Ngati Raukawa te Au ki te tonga me Arorangi tūpapa ki Rarotonga. Ko Ngatokorua Miratana tōku ingoa. Ngatokorua and whanau live in Titahi Bay and her daughter attends the school in Te Whānau o Te Kākano. Ngatokorua is an active community member from sports to kaupapa Māori activities and development of a family commercial business. She currently works as a Business Manager at Te Puni Kokiri where she sits on a number of governance groups. Ngatokorua says the best part about Titahi Bay North School is associating with the students, staff and parents. The students at Titahi Bay North are so pleasant and well-mannered and are great fun to be around and the staff work hard for students and all go the extra mile. Ngatokorua is of the view parents here show excellent support in the growth and development of the kura.

Didier Decruy

Didier is Kyna’s Dad. Didier’s daughter has attended Titahi Bay North School since 2014 and loves being part of such a small family orientated school. His family are originally from Europe and came to live in the Bay in 2012. Didier has an engineering degree and currently works in IT. He says it’s important that children in the early school years are well prepared, and successful academically and sports wise, for college and life after that. In this modern technology driven era Didier believes it’s important to teach our children how to be safe and still be children and to ensure that their school experience is one of many positives.

Kelly Te Moananui

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā, Tīhei Mauri Ora. Mai i te keokeotanga o toku maunga Ko whakapuanake Te matau ō Maui tikitiki a Taranga. Tirohia ki raro ki oku awa Ko Hangaroa, Ko Ruakituri, Ko Kaitarahae. E noho ki runga oku awa ko toku waka tāpu Ko Takitimu. I raro i tērā waka tāpu toku Rangatira Ko Tamatea Arikinui raua ko tōna Tohunga Ko Ruawharo. Mai i tērā waka tāpu anō ka puta toku iwi Ko Ngati Kahungunu, a, Ko matou hapu Ko Ngai Kohatu. Ara, Ko Kelly Te Moananui toku ingoa. Tīhei Kahungunu! Tena koutou katoa. Kelly has a daughter at the school. She has a passion for her child’s education and wants to be a voice for her and every other student in the kura. Kelly is the chairperson of the parent group for Te Whānau o te Kākano. She’s committed to contributing and ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all our students. Kelly believes that “Our future is Learning Together as One” and she brings a commitment to Tikanga and Te Reo Māori to this aim.

Janine Laumua

Janine has lived in Titahi Bay for 32 years and attended Titahi Bay North School herself. She has 2 children attending North School. Janine is an active parent in her children’s lives and also the lives of their friends and parents. She is a team leader at a Wellington City Council facility and has experience in management, budgets, operational costs, funding and building working relationships with the community and schools. Janine respects, values and encourages the involvement and contribution of parents, teachers and community.

Kathe Tawhiwhirangi Perry

For the past 10 years Kathe has worked for CORE Education as a team leader of the national Māori-medium and regional Central South Learning with Digital Technologies facilitator teams. She has been project leader of the Māori-medium eLearning Planning Framework (Te Rangitukutuku) project and was also in the ICT PD national team and Blended eLearning teams. Kathe is a well-regarded facilitator in both English-medium and Māori-medium settings. She develops and models collaborative and inclusive protocols while being cognisant of supporting culturally responsive practice. Prior to working for CORE Kathe was deputy principal at Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori o ngā Kohanga Reo o Te Awakairangi in Lower Hutt. Her portfolios during that time were performance management, curriculum design, sport and PE, and eLearning. Kathe has worked with our TBNS staff for 2.5 years on professional development matters and we are pleased she has agreed to be co-opted onto our BoT.

Helen Jackman

Helen has recently retired from her position as Education Adviser/Consultant with Victoria University’s Accent Learning team. She has taught in a variety of schools including serving in a number of school leadership roles. Her advisory work for schools has been many and varied and has included the areas of rural schools, assessment for better learning, curriculum development and educational leadership. Helen has worked in, and supported, a number of Porirua schools over the years. She has served on the Central Regional Health School Board of Trustees and is a certified KiVa trainer. Helen has a professional learning and development association with TBNS going back some years and we are pleased she has agreed to be co-opted onto our BoT.

Tania Chapman

Tania has a long association with TBNS. Her adult children all went through the school and she was an active parent in the school during that time. A number of her mokopuna, currently, attend the school. She trained as a teacher at the Wellington College of Education and teaches the senior auraki class at the school. Prior to joining the staff here Tania taught at Brandon Intermediate. She has curriculum responsibilities in English, Social Sciences, Languages, ICT and Technology. In 2016 Tania received a Pūtea Tautoko Mātauranga Māori award to enable her to attend a major national hui. This award was given in recognition of the very good work Tania is doing in the learning with digital technologies area and her commitment to providing great learning opportunities for her ākonga.

Colin Tarr

Colin joined the TBNS staff in August 2014. He did his teacher training at Wellington Teachers College and has taught in Upper Hutt, Howick, Glen Innes, Manurewa, Northcote, Morrinsville, Wainuiomata and Nelson. He's been principal of 5 previous schools, an education review officer, an NZEI official, a teacher education director in an early childhood organisation, an overseas qualifications evaluator for NZQA and a lecturer at the University of Canterbury. His most recent position, prior to arriving at TBNS, was as the Principal Advisor (Registration) at the New Zealand Teachers Council. Colin enjoys leading the TBNS team. He says Titahi Bay North is a great small school, just like a country school in town. Friendly, hardworking children keen to do their best and a dedicated, caring staff. It’s a local school, with a strong ‘family feel’, serving its community for nearly 60 years. Colin serves on the Ministry of Education's regional professional learning and development allocation panel, is a member of the national Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher (ACET) evaluation panel and holds New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) provisional endorsement as a recommended consultant on principal appraisal/performance review and principal appointments. He is an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Meetings

This is held usually on Wednesday evenings in week 4 and week 8 of each school term. The meeting dates are advertised in the weekly School Newsletter.

Meeting Minutes

Copies of these are available from the school office for anyone who wishes to read them.

Policies and Procedures

School policies, procedures and guidelines are available on the school website.

Board Documents

These are available to interested people. They include the School Curriculum, Achievement Information, Strategic Plan and Annual Plan. These are available on the school website and from the school office on request.