Chris Te Whare
I have been involved in the education sector since 1986 when I began my teaching career. I have been fortunate to teach in the primary, secondary and alternative education sectors as well as having been the chairperson of a local early childhood education centre.
In addition, I have worked as a volunteer then in a paid capacity for New Zealand Bluelight. A youth charity, for the last 23 years, as a collaboration between Police and parents providing quality activities.
As a police officer for 12.5 years, my roles consisted of working with community groups to identify local issues and help young people keep engaged in education, thereby lowering the chances of truancy, family stress and ultimately crime.
I bring this experience along with an ability to see what things may look like in 5-10 years time. A board of trustees member is about the now but will have a long-term view of where our students in our school will be in that time frame. Having a good relationship with our Principal and being able to help achieve these short and long-term goals is an exciting space to work in to watch our students, staff, senior management team and Principal plan, develop and ultimately deliver quality learning opportunities. It is amazing and extremely rewarding.
May I stress a board members role is about governance, not the day to day running of the school. Being on the Board has a strong future focus on resourcing including buildings, teacher and students' resources and having the funding where possible to make the school a cool and stimulating environment.