LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

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Current Board

The Board of Trustees normally consists of five elected parents, plus the Principal and Teacher representative. There is provision to co-opt up to three people where necessary when specific skills are needed. If you wish to contact any member of the Board of Trustees contact the school office and you will be given the appropriate information.

The Board of Trustees meetings are held twice a term on the third Monday of the month at 5.30pm in the Boardroom. Parents are welcome. Please check the website calendar for confirmed dates.

Our Current Board of Trustees:


Tony Thaugland - Chairperson, Personnel, Policy, and Legislation

Hi, my name is Tony and I am currently the Chair for the Board of Trustees at Kaharoa School. My family and I have been in the Kaharoa area now for 12 years and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I have 2 children, one still at Kaharoa and the other is now attending Western Heights High School. I have enjoyed being part of the changes that have taken place since my term on the board such as Learning through Play in the junior block and the upgrade of the learning environment inside the senior block. I want all students to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. To leave Year 8 with both academic and social skills that will help them in their future adventures.


Celia Grant - Treasurer, Policy, and Legislation

Ko Celia ahau. I am an equine veterinarian and have farmed a lifestyle block in Hamurana with my husband John Lee for 18 years. Our daughter is in Year 4. I hope the Board will work to foresee changes and challenges that will affect our school and community and address these opportunities proactively. I aim to help maintain a strong partnership between parents and the school to assist in ensuring every student achieves to their best level possible.

Kia whakairia te tapu, Kia wãtea ai te ara,Kia túruki whakataha ai, Kia túruki whakataha ai, Haumi e, hui e, Tãiki e.

Restrictions are moved aside, so the pathway is clear, to return to everyday activities, join us together, bind us together, let it be done.

Nga mihi.


Kathy Snodgrass - Staff Representative

I am Kathy Snodgrass and I have the pleasure of being the teacher representative on the Board of Trustees. I am and have been, the teacher in the new entrant classroom since joining Kaharoa School in 2017, and this age is my total passion. My own two children are Kaharoa Kids and I am so glad that I can be part of the Board of Trustees and give back to this amazing kura.


Duane English - Property

Hi. My name is Duane and I was newly elected to the board in 2019. I have three boys who attend Kaharoa and my wife Jacqui is on the PTA. We are very grateful to be part of such a great school and community.

My present role on the board is to oversee the property portfolio. There are plenty of exciting plans and ongoing work happening to improve the school with the major current project being the redevelopment of the junior block which is about to get underway. This will be an exciting addition to the school and It will be great to see the final result in the hopefully not too distant future. Kaharoa is lucky to have a strong and experienced principal in Warwick Moyle along with fantastic teachers and staff. As a member of this board I look forward to supporting them all to continue providing a high quality education for the Kaharoa kids.


Sarah Paterson - Health & Safety

Tena Koutou,

Ko Mangatautari Te Maunga

Ko Waikato Te Awa

Ko Tainui Te Waka

Ko Ngati Huri Te Hapu

Ko Ngati Raukawa Te Iwi

Ko Pikitu Te Marae

Ko Sarah Taku Ingoa

My name is Sarah Paterson. My husband Sam and I have two children enrolled in Kaharoa School, Eve and Quinn. I identify as Pakeha with Ngati Raukawa ancestry. I am a Social Worker and in my current role with Barnardos I work with children, youth and their families.

My role as a member of the Board of Trustees is one that I never imagined I would take on, but I am enjoying the challenge. I am looking after Health and Safety, which fits well with my background.

Of particular interest to me are the evolving social and emotional challenges that NZ children are facing, and what skills might help our children. I believe that a school is only as strong as the community it is part of and I would love to see all our families be connected to the school community.

Nga Mihi


Caroline Back - Curriculum, Health & Safety

I am Caroline Back. I have 2 children at Kaharoa, one in Room 6 the other in Room 4.

On the board I am jointly responsible for the health and safety portfolio as well as general duties.

During my time on the board, I want to ensure that our school continues to grow from strength to strength with strong leadership from our wonderful principal, his amazing staff and our fantastic community.


Susanne Irwin - Minutes Secretary
Warwick Moyle - Principal

last edited: Sun, April 12, 2020