Board of Trustees


Kia Ora and Welcome

It is an annual goal of the Board of Trustees to inform the community about what is happening in and around the school. The initial step is to update and inform our community of who the Board of Trustees are, their interests and their reasons for being on the Board. As a Board, each member should have the interests of the students and community at heart, with these values firmly in the minds of the Board members the school should prosper.

The Board has made a commitment to improving literacy and numeracy skills, access to information and communication technology and improving communication between students, staff and parents. These are some of the goals and plans for the coming year which have been developed in our strategic plan. Our Charter is what we feel are the important values at our school. It is our commitment as a school to our students, caregivers, community and government. These values were developed through discussion between staff, Board, caregivers and Maori community. The Board were able to put these values under Attitude, Behaviour and Communication. The simple idea of addressing the school as the ABC school is easier for the students, caregivers and staff to understand. Under each heading are values the Board believe are applicable to our school.

Finally the school motto is 'To The New World' indicating we as a school are preparing our students to embrace and cope with change in the future.

The school's golden rule is 'To treat others the way you like to be treated.' It is essential our children can think of themselves and others.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Board with any suggestions, thoughts and ideas you may have that may help make Churton School even better than it is now.

Grant Hardy - Chairperson

Kia Ora. As a parent of three children,one still at Churton School, I am passionate about my children receiving as good a start to their schooling life as possible. I am extremely happy with the level of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that are available at the school. As Chairperson, I look forward to leading a highly motivated group of board trustees to improve the school further. We are keen to liase with parents and the local community to ensure the vision of the school reflects the needs of us all.

Andrew Spence - Principal

I have been principal at Churton School for 17 years. This is my third principal's position having been principal previously at Douglas School in the Taranaki and Manakau School in the Horowhenua. I also taught at Toko School and Hawera Intermediate. My home town is Marton.

I have an active sporting life and love participating in hockey and cricket. I feel privileged to be part of a community and a school which is striving to do its best for their children. I believe that the school has outstanding teachers, is well resourced, has an active PTA, professional Board, positive students and supportive parents. This allows Churton to be a wonderful workplace and is preparing our students for the New World.

Stacey Bisset - Property

My name is Stacey Bisset, and my role on the board is property officer. I am married to Karliegh who is a Teacher Aide at Churton.

Together we have three children, all of whom have attended Churton School.

I am employed as the Purchasing Officer for Silver Fern Farms at the Waitotara plant, and have been in this role for the past ten years.

I wanted to be on the board to be able to contribute some of my skills and knowledge to continue where the previous board left of with the great work they have done in their terms as members.

I am very passionate about this school and want to be part of the team that makes this school one of the best for our young people.

I’m looking forward to my time as a board member and working towards achieving the best outcomes possible for this School.

Matthew Caseley - Finance

As a father of 4 children (Skye, Fraser, Olive and Leo) and as a member of the community for the past 20 years, I am pleased to contribute to the on-going development and stability of our school on the Board of Trustees.

My particular area of responsibility on the board is Finance and of course I am happy to assist as needed in other areas also.

Over the past 20 years I have been a self-employed farmer not just in this region but in other areas of the country as well as overseas. I am looking forward to using the knowledge and experience that I have gained over that time to benefit the school and it’s pupils.

I have noticed progress and improvement in the time we have been involved with Churton School and with our youngest still at school I am keen to ensure the school continues its forward momentum.

Melissa Robinson - Health and Safety

Welcome family and friends of Churton School. How lucky are we that we are part of a community that works so well together for the benefit of our children and how lucky I am that I get to be part of our school Board of Trustees. I am Melissa and was born and bred in Wanganui, until that is, I decided I wanted to explore the big wide world. I may have only got as far as Hamilton/Auckland but during this time I worked on my banking career before having two children and making the move back home. We now live in Aramoho and the children go to Churton. It's great to be home, working in the community in Property Management and helping out our wonderful school where I can.

David Puohotaua - Maori

Ko Ruapehu te Maunga Ko Whanganui te Awa Ko Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi te Iwi Ko Ngapaerangi me Ngati Hine o te Ra nga Hapu Ko Kiritahi te Tupuna Whare Ko Rakato te Kainga Ko David Puohotaua toku Ingoa Ko Shona Chisholm-Puohotaua oku hoa Rangatira

Kia Ora Whanau, My name is David Lyndsey Puohotaua, my wife's name is Shona Chisholm-Puohotaua, we have five children, ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a Bordeaux Mastiff named Kao. Our son Jordan has been a student at Churton School for three years. My passion is Whanau-Hapu-Iwi. I was born on the banks of our Awa o Whanganui at Featherston Cottage near Kaiwhaiki Marae. We lived in Madras Street for eighteen years, now live in Stewart Street. I believe my contribution to the board will be through the networks built by way of Iwi and Community relationships that I have had the pleasure to work along side over many years. I look forward to working with the present Board also having a closer relationship with all personal involved with the functions of our School Churton. Erere kou mai te Awanui Te Kahui Maunga ki Tangaroa Ko Au te Awa Ko te Awa ko Au

Cara Barron - Staff Rep