Board Candidates 2019

BARR, Laurel

Kia ora koutou katoa! I’m Laurel L. Barr and I, together with my husband Chris, have lived in Owhiro Bay for 19 years and we love our little bit of country in the city. I am the mother of Kahurangi who is currently attending SWIS, and Te Pō Atarau who is at Owhiro Bay School. I have just finished a 3 year term on the Board of Trustees and have actively served on the Owhiro Bay Kindergarten and One Learning Community committees previously where our children went since it first opened. I am very interested in making connections and strong transitions for our tamariki between schooling levels. 
My degrees and background are in visual arts and education and I would be very pleased to continue on the OBS Board to bring my skills and passion for teaching and communication, improving learning experiences and outcomes, inclusiveness and creativity to the table again. I have a particular interest in the diverse nature of character, and pursuits and interests of the children at OBS and would love to support the work of the staff by being elected to the Board. As an experienced teacher of early childhood through to tertiary level in a wide range of settings, I bring knowledge and awareness of the education system, issues teachers are facing, and student centered learning. I believe these strengths would be able to contribute and assist in the governance of the school. I would like to continue to see through the developments that have been made and started in my past 3 years and assist in transitioning a new board into place.

HAYVICE, Fiona

Kia ora – hello to you all. My name is Fiona Hayvice and I am standing for 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 3). 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, taking on the responsibility of Minutes Secretary for the OBS Board (utilising skills obtained from 7 years tenure on a body corporate committee), 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 want to be involved. If elected onto the Board of Trustees, 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.

KYRKE-SMITH, Megan

Hi, my name is Megan and I am Mum to Kobe and Lacey who both attend Owhiro Bay School. 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.

LOCKE, Robyn Ann

I am Robyn Locke and I am standing for Owhiro Bay School Board. I would like to be considered as a parent representative for the Wellington High School Board of Trustees. I am the parent of four children, my two youngest daughters attend Owhiro Bay School. I also have two sons, one at SWIS and another at Wellington High School. I am originally from Canada, but relocated to New Zealand last year with my husband, who was born in NZ, to allow our children to experience their kiwi culture. We consider the move permanent. Since our move to this beautiful country, I have noticed a school system that teaches far more than academics. I really enjoy the deliberate sense of inclusion and participation in all areas of school life. At Owhiro Bay I also love the amount of parent participation in school activities and the number of parents who run after school programming in their area of interest or expertise. I am a member of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and previously spent 22 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Engineer and Naval Architect. My military time means I have extensive experience working in diverse teams, solving difficult problems and communicating proposed solutions to various levels in my organization. As an engineer by trade, I am also experienced with planning, monitoring, reporting and reviewing projects and programs as part of my work. While I have no experience on a school board, having multiple children and having been subject to several moves as part of my work, means I am experienced with different schools, school boards, and teaching styles. Two of my children have learning difficulties so I am experienced with advocating for my children’s education to ensure they are accommodated in the classroom and receive additional support where available. I am committed to serving the board to the best of my ability should I be given the opportunity.

NEELY, Daniel

Hi. My name is Dan. I would like to put my name forward to be on the Board of Trustees with 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 keen to contribute to the school and wider community.
 Many thanks for your consideration.