Many thanks to the establishment board of Trustees who lead the development of our foundation school from 2014-2016 and appointed our foundation principal, Sylvia Fidow. We are indebted to the efforts of Chairperson: Simon McDermott Trustees: Rebecca Scott, Sherryll Wilson, Denise Sheat as the representative of Te Taumutu, the local Runanga, and Kate Duncan.

In May 2016 the school community elected the following five trustees to be the foundation board effective from the 27 May 2016.

Simon Mc Dermott

SimonMcdermottHi, my name is Simon McDermott, it is a great honor to be able to represent our school on the Board of Trustees.  I was chair of the establishment board of trustees, and am excited to be the Chair of the new board.  West Rolleston is the first school I have been involved at a governance level – I have had 20+ years experience in local body governance so know the technical requirements!  Educational governance has been a real eye-opener for me – it is a challenge to say the least – but I am enjoying it.  Dad to Harrison who starts school in July, Renee and I have lived in Rolleston just over 4 years now.  I work for a major NZ corporate dabbling in accountancy and IT.  I enjoy technology and meeting people – and really love West Rolleston School!!

 

Rob Hunt

RobhuntHi, my name is Rob Hunt.

I'm very proud to be representing the parents of this school on the Board of Trustees. Ensuring all of the children of this wonderful school are given the opportunity to reach their full potential is a key focus for me. While new to School governance, my work in the finance sector has given me exposure to strategy, leadership and governance skills which I believe will support the Board of Trustees and in turn the leaders of this School. I am father to Arthur, Joshua and Henry and husband to Amy. While we are relatively new to Rolleston, we're loving being part of this rapidly expanding community and very positive about the future for our children as students of West Rolleston School.

Joe Bennett

JoeBennettHi, I am Joe,

We arrived in Rolleston early in the year, having spent most of the last 11 years living and working in Wairoa. My wife Rosalie and two kids Ella-Rose (5) and Blake (2) love the area, and we are settling in well. Ella-Rose is loving school and has adjusted to life in Te Kete Kākano well, which we are really grateful for.

I am a veterinarian by profession and up until recently I have been in practice, doing everything from fixing broken legs through to donning the long gloves and pregnancy testing cows! I have moved into a leadership /management role for VetEnt, working with our vet clinics across Canterbury. I love the challenge that this new role brings.

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the progressive West Rolleston BoT and I look forward to working with Sylvia and the team over the next year.

Sam Forward

 

I am new to Rolleston having moved down a year ago from Porirua. I am married with two amazing children. I am currently teaching locally as a Health and Physical Education secondary teacher. 
I am passionate about sport and physical activity, especially golf and rugby. I am really excited to be a foundation member on the West Rolleston School BOT. 

 

Lee-Ann Irving

 

JoIrvingHi, I am a full-time working Mum to Jaymie who is in Te Ara Whanake and Kristen who is currently in preschool and can’t wait to start school next year.  I am married to Gareth and we decided to move back to the Mainland from Hawkes Bay where we lived for around 10 years in 2013.  We decided to do this before the kids started school and to be relatively closer to our family.  We are really enjoying living in Rolleston as it’s the perfect place to bring up a young family and have met some wonderful people. 
I have been very impressed with the community spirit and most especially with the enthusiasm from all the teachers at West Rolleston Primary School.  I’m very proud to be representing the parents of our children and am looking forward to learning all there is to learn about the school and the people within it.  One thing that has really stuck with me was on the first day of school for Jaymie where he was greeted by name at the school gate by Sylvia – this is the type of school I will be proud to have my children attending.  Regards Lee-Ann

Rebecca Lambert

rebeccaKia ora koutou

I feel very pleased to be supporting West Rolleston School as the staff representative on the BOT.  I am enjoying working and living in our supportive and growing school and local community.  As a classroom teacher I aim to make learning fun, engaging and hands on for the children.
I am pleased to bring my ideas about PE and Sport,  community engagement, and digital and collaborative learning to our school community.