Wanaka Primary School Board of Trustees takes an active role in the governance of the school. Governance means the Board of Trustees are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school in consultation with staff, parents and students.
Our board consists of:
Andrew Howard - Board Chair
Hello. My name is Andrew Howard, most people know me as Howie, and I am chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wanaka Primary School. My oldest daughter, Ayla is in year 6 and I have twins, Casey and Sienna, in year 3. I work at Mitre 10, managing the hardware and tools area, amongst other things, and my wife, Jodie, is deputy principal at Hawea Flat School. I have worked previously as a teacher and there are often conversations around modern education in our household. As a family we love the outdoors and enjoy, tramping, sailing, biking, skiing and many other fantastic opportunities that Wanaka provides.
I feel extremely privileged to be in my role at Wanaka Primary School. I am fortunate to work with a dedicated and professional team of trustees and we are very well supported in our strategic and governance roles by having a superb leadership team. I have found Wanaka Primary to be full of innovative, hard-working educators who are completely focused on raising student achievement and providing a caring, nurturing environment.
I believe strongly that teachers, management, board and parents all have the best interests of their children at heart and there needs to be open and honest communication so that all points of view can be heard and understood. There also needs to be respect for differing points of view and a commitment to continually improve practice to ensure the best possible outcomes. As a Board we are united in wanting the best for our school and I am always open to hearing any thoughts, or concerns that you may have. If you would like to get in touch with me you can email on email@example.com.
Fergus McLean - Staff Representative
I began my teaching career in 2009. In 2016 my wife and I fulfilled our dream of moving to Wanaka. I love the community and enjoy the outdoor and sporting opportunities that the region offers. I believe we are privileged to have such a fantastic school as part of it.
My role on the Board is to support Wendy and keep the staff informed of Board matters and to liaise between the Board and staff.
I care deeply about preserving the culture of our school and feel my personal values align with those of the school. I look forward to contributing and being part of the established team.
I moved to Wanaka 7 years ago and love everything the community offers. My husband and I are both qualified pharmacists and owners of Wanacare pharmacy. We have enjoyed serving the community through our work.
Throughout my time in Wanaka I have been involved in the community through the play group committee, volunteering in and around the school and at Montessori Children's House. In my spare time I have learnt to sail at the Wanaka Yacht club and keenly support my children's interests.
With 3 boys currently attending Wanaka Primary School, and my daughter to start in a few years, I feel privileged to be part of the Board of Trustees. I am looking forward to supporting the school, its staff and students and am excited to be involved in the future direction of Wanaka Primary School.
Glenys currently holds the role of Senior Associate with Mercer NZ where she is Manager of Financial Advice and Education Services. She is a specialist in the areas of corporate superannuation and KiwiSaver with the emphasis on increasing the financial literacy of New Zealanders.
Her background is both in education and the financial services sectors. Glenys has held senior management positions in the banking, investment advisory, managed funds and trust and estate planning industries. She is also a qualified teacher and has held head of department positions at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch and St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland.
She is a trustee on the board of a charitable trust which raises funds for education and schooling needs for children in Arusha, Tanzania.
Glenys holds a BA (Hons), a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from Massey University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.
Glenys and her husband Phillip Templeton have lived in Wanaka for 14 years. They have a daughter who finished at WPS last year.
Glenys feels passionately about WPS and all that the school has to offer our children. She also believes WPS needs a strong supportive board with a clear strategic vision. A board that clearly understands the meaning of governance, leadership and supporting the school management to ensure the best outcomes for everyone within the school community.
Glenys’ interests include spending time with her family, photography and travel.
Brendan Hearle - Co-opted Finance
At the beginning of 2016 my family and I made the treacherous crossing from the North Island to the South Island on a Ship called “Bluebridge” and ended our journey in the paradise we all know as Wanaka!
My wife Maria, son Xander, daughter Cienna and I had been living in Auckland for the past 10 years and although we enjoyed our time there we had wanted to move to Wanaka since falling in love with the place many years ago on a skiing holiday.
My whole family has been warmly welcomed by the wider Wanaka community and I’d have to say that I haven’t ever lived in a place that has so much energy and passion for both business and outdoor pursuits.
I’ve spent the last 17 years working in the financial sector both in NZ and in Ireland and have been fortunate to work in various roles (leadership, sales, credit, operations and strategy). I’m currently working for the BNZ looking after the Asset Finance Portfolio (AKA shiny mobile toys – Helicopters, Trucks, Diggers, Boats) for Otago and Southland.
I wanted to join the Wanaka Primary School Board as I appreciate the school, am passionate about my kids’ education, wanted to get involved and give back to the community and share my skills. I am grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to assisting the board from a financial perspective and meeting more of the school community whether that be on the soccer fields, snow fields or school events.
Wendy Bamford - Principal
Lucy Jewell - Secretary
Board Meeting Dates
Meeting Dates for 2018 Term 1 Monday 19th February - Monday 19th March Term 2 Monday 21st May - Monday 18th June Term 3 Monday 13th August - Monday 10th September Term 4 Monday 5th November - Monday 10th December