Owhiro Bay School Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees works closely with staff and parents and is committed to the continual development of the best possible educational opportunities for our children. The Board is elected every three years by the school community to govern the school. This entails development and ratification of school policies, community consultation and supporting the day to day management of the school.
The Board meets twice a term in week 3 and week 8 in the school staffroom on a Thursday evening. There are reminders of these meetings published in the weekly school newsletter.
Parents/caregivers are most welcome to attend any of the Board meetings. Please feel free to contact the Trustees ahead of a meeting if there is information you would like to pass on, or an issue you would like discussed. Their contact details are available from the school office. Board meeting minutes are also available from the office foyer.
Current Board of Trustees (elected June 2019)
Philippa Henwood (Chair)
Kia ora I am Philippa Henwood, I was elected to the Board of Trustees for the firsttime in 2017 and became Board Chair in 2019. I have a son Lucas in Year 4 and a daughter Ashlyn who attends Owhiro Bay Kindergarten and Island Bay Playcentre. I have lived in Owhiro Bay with my Husband Caine since 2009.
I have experience and skills in leadership, recruitment and coaching, business planning, project and event management and managing and monitoring budgets. I play hockey and enjoy most sports – most recently I have been enjoying supporting the school Floorball teams. I am also involved in Island Bay Playcentre.
I am keen to work as a member of the Board to provide effective school governance focused on providing quality learning experiences for all tamariki. To ultimately enable our children to reach their potential.
If you are keen to know what the Board up to please have a chat I am at school most days, or email us at BOT@owhiro.school.nz.
Kriston Ware (Finance)
Megan Kyrke-Smith (Secretary)
Hi, my name is Megan and I am Mum to Kobe and Lacey, Kobe attends SWIS and Lacey is here at OBS. We have lived in the community for nine years and I have grown up on the South Coast of Wellington. The area holds a lot of value to me and I am extremely grateful to be raising my children in such a beautiful place. My passion and focus are to find more ways for our community to flourish in Owhiro Bay and to build upon existing infrastructure to ensure active enjoyment of our incredible school grounds. I have taken on several volunteer roles over the years within the school community, including helping to run the school fairs as well as community projects such as helping the Stream Team. I have recently started at Owhiro Bay School as a relief Teacher Aide. I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know the Learning Community better, as well as understanding what it takes to ensure a successful day of learning for our Tamariki. My professional experience includes business ownership, management and administration. I have practical experience to accompany my tertiary education from Victoria University, which included management and law. My family and I are very active and enjoy the outdoors, as well as making the most of the beautiful environment we are privileged to call home. I would love the opportunity to offer my skills as a Trustee, in an environment where I can bring real value to the Owhiro Bay School Community, by creating more opportunities for our children to grow and learn.
Daniel Neely (Parent Representative)
Hi. My name is Dan. I am proud to have been elected to the Board of Trustees of Owhiro Bay School. I am originally from Arizona and have lived in New Zealand for the last 13 years. I have worked in the field of community development, community housing and disaster aid. Currently, I am the Manager of Community Resilience at the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO). I have an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. As a third generation educator, I have an appreciation of the important role schools and teachers make on the lives of children. I watched both my parents and grandfather make a positive impact on the lives of countless students growing up. Now that our daughter Mara is part of the Owhiro Bay School community, I am looking forward to contributing to the school and wider community.
Fiona Hayvice (Parent Representative)
Kia ora – hello to you all. My name is Fiona Hayvice and I am excited to have been selected as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees for Owhiro Bay School. I will bring my can-do attitude and reasoned voice to the Board. Professionally, my time is spent managing marketing-comms for our retail business (husband Todd and I founded YOYO, curating Kiwi-designed Furniture, Homeware and Lighting in 2011), and training to compete as a top level ultra-runner (I’ve represented New Zealand at World Champs and I’m currently ranked 11th on the Ultra-Trail World Tour). In early 2018, I moved to Owhiro Bay (from the CBD) with Todd, and our son Spike (currently in Year 4). Instantly, I felt a connection. I wanted to immerse myself into the community (OBS being at the heart) that will ultimately become my small family’s tūrangawaewae – standing place. I jumped at every opportunity to engage – volunteering at school fundraisers, classroom activity days, beach clean-ups, and this year I started the weekly OBS Run Club. My vision is to empower our young and build life long habits for the betterment of society; for “E tipu e rea – In our children lies our future”. Participating in these various activities, I was thrilled to discover an exceptionally inclusive and supportive community. One that’s steeped in history and holds strong values, yet recalibrates to move with the times. I’m excited to see what the next chapter holds for OBS, and most importantly I am honoured to be involved. Please know you can approach me at any time: I’ll listen with an open-mind, and I won’t be afraid to represent your voice.
Tineke Giddy (Principal)
Jo Sciascia (Staff representative)