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 McDermott

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.

Sam Forward 

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Kia Ora Koutou 
Nga Puhi te iwi 
No Porirua ahau 
Ko Sam Forward toku ingoa 
Ko Sarah taku wahine 
Ko Sophie raua ko Isaac aku tamariki 
He kaikako ahau kei te Kaireti o Waihora 
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

I am proud to be part of the West Rolleston School Board of Trustees.  My background in Education and understanding of the NZ curriculum, I believe benefits the BOT.  I am passionate about well-being (hauora) and ensuring that all our young people can be happy and healthy.  The role of governance is new to me but over the last two years I have learnt a lot and really enjoyed the conversations and mahi that has taken place so far.  My whanau love being part of the West Rolleston School community and my job is just a little one in making it the place we all enjoy. 

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

Megan Murraymegan


Ki Ora Koutou

I am Megan Murray and am the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees for West Rolleston Primary School. I am currently the Team Leader of the Senior School and teach in Te Ara Maia with the Year 7 and 8 learners, where I am passionate about helping our senior learners achieve to their full potential in a positive and supportive environment. I have been on the Board of Trustees at my previous school and bring this knowledge and experience of governance with me to this role. 

 I am a mum to two girls who both attend West Rolleston Primary and  am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful community both as a parent and as an educator.  I am excited about being a part of developing pathway for the future of our school.


Tegan Dawson-McMurdo


Kia ora, I am Tegan Dawson- McMurdo. I am the Mum to Oakley and Raegan and wife to Steve. Steve and myself have lived in Rolleston for over 10 years. It is with great excitement I join the board in 2018 and look forward to being involved in the learning community. I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher with a background in Kindergarten for over 10 years. I have a passion for a Treaty based approach to education. My whanau iwi is Ngati Maniapoto the hapu being Ngati Te Puta and Ngati Kawhata and also I am third generation to be born in New Zealand from my Scottish heritage. Southland is where I call home and visit frequently. I am passionate about being involved in my children’s education and the the learning community.  I enjoy exploring Canterbury and Central Otago with my family and our dog. West Rolleston Primary School has a strong foundation established to be inclusive of all children and embrace the love of learning and this was a major factor why we chose to be apart of this learning environment. 

Lee-Anne Savea


Kia ora Koutou. My name is Lee-Anne Savea My husband Daryl and I have lived in Rolleston for over 13 years and seen many changes to our ever-growing community throughout this time. I’m a mother of three, two children in primary school and one at university. 

I’m a qualified social worker having practiced for over 15 years and am currently the director of a charity that supports young people to find healthy pathways in life. I will use the skills I have gained in social work to bring knowledge and ideas in child and youth development to our school.

I feel very honoured to be a member of the board of trustees and with my passion for encouraging young people with cultural and sporting opportunities I will support on-going development of both areas at West Rolleston.