Western Springs College 2016 Board of Trustees Elections
A meet the candidates evening will be held in the Western Springs College Library at 7 pm on Thursday 26 May 2016.
This postal election closes at noon on Friday 3 June 2016. Details on how to send your vote are contained in the cover letter that will be sent with your voting paper by Wednesday 25 May.
Rob Coltman (Current Board Member)
I am a lawyer specialising in dispute work including health and safety advice to the education sector. I am a partner in the national law firm, Duncan Cotterill. I first joined the Board in 2012 and served as Board Chair for a period during which time the Board successfully negotiated funding from the Ministry of Education for the school rebuild. I am keen to assist with the conclusion of the school rebuild, the finalisation of the school’s alternative constitution and in the appointment of the successor to Ken Havill. I have a daughter in Year 9 and am committed to ensuring she and all the students and staff have a safe and productive environment at Springs.
John Loof (Current Board Member)
Stephen May (Current Board Member)
Kia ora koutou. My name is Stephen May and I am Professor of Education in Te Puna Wananga (School of Maori Education) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. I have been an elected parent representative on the WSC BoT since 2013 and wish to stand again. With the school rebuild now finally underway, and with the pending appointment of a new principal, this is a critical time for WSC. I am absolutely committed to WSC’s co-governance model with Nga Puna o Waiorea, to WSC’s progressive, liberal school ethos, and to ensuring its increasingly multiethnic school population continues to have the best education possible. As an educational expert, I bring my longstanding involvement in both Maori language education and mainstream education, and my strong interest in effective teaching and learning practices, particularly for students from diverse backgrounds, to the BoT. I also bring my commitment to this area and this school (where I once taught as a student teacher!). I live in Arch Hill, am married to Katie Fitzpatrick, and have one daughter already through WSC (Ella was in Year 13 last year), one daughter, Grace, now in Year 12, and my twin boys, Tom and Luke will be starting at WSC in 2018. I offer this background, along with my previous experience as Deputy Chair of the BoT of Knighton Normal Primary in Hamilton, to the BoT for these next crucial years of change and development at WSC.
Jan McCartney (Current Board Member)
1. I am the parent of a student at Western Springs College. I am a current WSC Board member, a member of the Finance Committee, a member of the Fundraising Committee and the Board representative on TAPAC Board of Directors.
2. I am a lawyer and a Queens Counsel and I practise in the areas of contract law, land law and human rights law. Through this work I have gained analytical skills that assist in bringing focus on the issues that the Board needs to get discussed and resolved.
3. I have a commitment to the school culture as a bilingual unit espousing the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and bringing out the best of each individual student.
4. Over the past three years I have developed a good knowledge about the school’s affairs. It is in the interests of the school that this knowledge is available to the Board including during the development of the new school and in the appointment of a new principal.
5. I am a director of a number of companies and chair of an arts collective. Through these positions I have developed contacts with businesses and other interested parties which will be helpful in getting the funds required for the development of a sports centre and performing arts centre. These developments will contribute to making Western Springs College one of the best schools in New Zealand.
6. I seek to be entrusted with the appointment of an outstanding new principal to secure an inclusive and supportive culture at the school with the focus on excellent teaching, the students and the staff.
This school has a huge few years ahead and I'd be honoured to serve on the board. Finding a
way when things are changing isn't easy. Whether it's buildings, technology, government
policy, the new board needs a range of skills and committed people to ensure the school
continues to deliver student achievement, keeps teachers motivated, provides visibility of
progress to you, the community, and ensure all voices are heard.