Our Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are the governing body of the school and they are accountable for student achievement.  

 
They are the employer of all staff in the school, and are responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students.  They are also responsible for ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students, curriculum, policies, property, finance and administration.

The Board are elected every three years.  The last election was in May 2019 and the next full election will be held in 2022.  

 

Board of Trustees meetings in 2019:

Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of every month at school - please check the calendar on our website or phone app as the dates sometimes need to change.  Meetings start at 6:30pm and normally last for 2 to 3 hours. 

 

Board meetings are not public meetings, they are meetings that are held in public:

This means that while anyone is welcome to attend, if you would like to speak at the meeting you need to write to the Board Chairperson to request 'speaking rights' in advance of a meeting.  Your request for speaking rights should include information on what you would like to speak about and any documentation that would be relevant for the Board to have.  

 

Contacting the Board of Trustees:

Members of our school community are always welcome to contact the Board of Trustees.

 

The easiest way is via email: BOT@pegasusbay.school.nz.  Or you can write a letter and send it to the Board Chair at the school address.  All correspondence (paper and digital) is received by the Board Secretary and forwarded on the to Board Chair for review and next actions.  

 

Correspondence should be addressed to the Chairperson.  However, please note that issues regarding specific children or members of staff should always be raised in the first instance with those most directly involved, and school management prior to making contact with the Board.  

Current Board Members:
Greg Van Meer - Parent Trustee & Board Chair

Libby Cunniffe - Parent Trustee

Lyndon Waaka - Co-opted Parent Trustee

Cushla Waghorn - Parent Trustee

Anna Williams - Parent Trustee

Scottie Young - Parent Trustee
Lisa Hewitt - Staff Trustee
Jared Kelly - Principal
Micky Brosnan - Board Secretary


Gregory Van Meer - Board Chair

I have been living in North Canterbury for over 10 years after spending 8 years living and working in the UK.  I live in Pegasus with my wife and three children – two of whom attend the school.  I am a qualified accountant, working for Ballantynes as Chief Financial Officer and I bring both Financial and IT systems experience and expertise to the Board.  I enjoy working with the Board to best utilise our state of the art buildings and collaborative teaching practices, while also ensuring it retains the fun, friendly and family inclusive atmosphere that we have all come to love about our school.

Libby Cunniffe 

Kia ora.  I live in Pegasus with my husband and three children.  Two of my children attend a local preschool and one attends Pegasus Bay School. We have been living in North Canterbury for over 10 years (minus a stint in Western Australia) with the last 7 of those in Pegasus.  I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and have worked in the Education sector for the last 15 years, both in NZ and Australia, predominantly in management.  I currently own my own business, 4E's Consulting. The skills that I bring to the Board are education knowledge, particularly with very young children, as well as management, business and communication skills.  I am hoping to continue my role on the Board to advocate for our children and our school as an evolving environment empowering lifelong learning within the Pegasus community.

 

Lyndon Waaka

Bio coming soon!

Cushla Waghorn

Kia ora, I moved to Waikuku Beach in 2004 with my husband Andy and quickly fell in love with the community and life style here. We have two sons who both attend Pegasus Bay School and we are enjoying watching them grow and learn within their community. 
I have been a Social Worker for over 17 years and have worked with children and families in several different areas of Social Work over that time. I began my career as a Social Worker in Schools before moving to England and working in Care and Protection. When I returned to New Zealand I started working in the area of disability and currently, I am working as part of the Mana Ake team providing support for children aged 5 to 12 in North Canterbury.  In this role I work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separation, grief and loss and managing emotions. .  This role has given me an insight into the current education system in New Zealand and how this can be experienced by different students and whanau. 

 

Anna Williams

Kia Ora, my name is Anna Williams and I live at Waikuku Beach with my husband and our two sons. Our oldest child attends Pegasus Bay school and our youngest starts later this year. We have been living in North Canterbury for the past 7 years and love our lifestyle and community.  I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in both the health and tertiary teaching sectors (teaching nursing) for the past 16 years. Within these roles, I have worked with children, young people and whānau experiencing adversity. I have a strong passion for mental health promotion, whānau engagement and equality of opportunity within the education and health sectors in the promotion of wellbeing.
 The skills I bring to this role are a knowledge and commitment to child and whānau health (including mental health), passion for our community, sound understanding of governance and a solution focused attitude.

Scottie Young
Kia ora! My name is Scottie Young and I am married to the lovely Leanne. We have three awesome little blokes called Connor, Theo and Max that are all attending Pegasus Bay School. I was born and raised as a true one eyed Cantab with a 15 year background in youth work and community building. I am currently leading the church that meets right here in the Pegasus Bay School gym and I am looking forward to continuing help to see the school and the wider Pegasus town become a safe, empowering, uplifting community so that our tamariki can thrive.

Board Documents

Charter 2019

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