Board of Trustees

BOT Secretary (policies & procedures):

BOT Register 2017

Name Board Position Member Type
Kathryn de Bruin Chairperson Elected
Kim McCahon Deputy Chair Elected
Michael Houghton Principal -
Shirley Baume Staff Trustee Elected
Michaela Jenkins-Stevenson Student Trustee Elected
Neil Hopkins Member Co-opt
Margie Ormsby Member Elected
James Parsons Member Co-opt
Charlie Pirini Member Elected

BOT Profiles 2017

Michael Houghton (Principal)
Originally born in England, I grew up and attended school in Picton. After graduating from Canterbury University and Christchurch Teachers College, I started my teaching career at Wairoa College.
I have been working in the education sector for more than 25 years, mostly in the North Island and including 2 years at Otamatea High School. Most recently I was Principal of Queen Elizabeth College in Palmerston North.
My passion is providing pathways and opportunities for students to experience success. Important to this is building partnerships with families and whanau as well as the wider community.
I am married, with 2 children still at home. Both attend Dargaville High School. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music as well as reading and gardening.

I work as a GP at Dargaville Medical Centre, along with Bev, my wife.
My long association with DHS includes having been a former pupil myself, my 4 children attending through until 2007 and since 2001 being a parent Trustee.
I have seen the passion and enthusiasm that respective Boards of Trustees have brought the role of governance, most of which is behind the scenes. There have been some important times however when the Board takes a much higher profile.
I have been impressed at the dedication and commitment of the management and staff at this high school. I have seen how with careful planning and attention to detail at a governance level, it is possible to make significant changes that are outworked by the staff and improve the learning outcomes for our students. The school serves our community well, and it is our role as parent reps on the board to ensure that we keep aiming for excellence.

I currently have a child who attends Dargaville High School. In the last 18 years I have worked in a range of roles within the education system as a Main stream classroom teacher, Bilingual Teacher and as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) prior to becoming Principal at Pouto School.
An opening arose for me to become a board member at Dargaville High School and I saw this as an opportunity and a way to, further contribute my knowledge and experience to education.

Hi, I’m Kim McCahon, Max the farmer’s wife and mum to Sam, Matt, Jake and Kees. I also have a hairdressing business in town. Our boys are all proud past and present students of DHS. I have been on the BOT for DHS for the last 2 and a half years, so far it has been a great experience, challenging at times but great for my personal development and have loved the opportunity to be part of the community in this capacity.

My name is Shirley Baume and I am the teacher rep for the BOT for the DHS.  I am in my third year teaching at DHS. I have a long history of involvement with the school. I am a past pupil, and my daughter, who has recently graduated from Auckland Uni also went to school at DHS.
Prior to teaching I worked for the Kaipara District Council and I was a parent rep on the Board.
Giving our children a good education is one of the best gifts we as parents can give them. In the words of Francis Bacon, “Knowledge is power”.

I am a Chartered Accountant with a business in Dargaville. I am a Dargaville local, having grown up on a dairy farm at Waihue and attending Dargaville Primary and High Schools.  I attended university in Palmerston North and travelled extensively overseas before returning to Dargaville to work.  I am a mother of three girls, two who attend Dargaville High School and one who is at university.
I enjoy long distance swimming, reading, sewing, making kilts, embroidery and tatting when I have the time.  With my husband Andre we grow Kumara on our farm in Dargaville.

Charlie Pirini
Kia ora.  I’m Charlie Pirini (Snr).  I have two Grand-daughters at Dargaville High School and have also taught here as a Secondary school teacher.  I have been involved in Rugby for most of my life.
I have been a delegate to the Northern Wairoa Rugby Union for 12 years.  I was involved in the organising of the Rugby Tournament from North Auckland to King Country at Dargaville.
Community Involvement
I currently hold the position of Chairperson to the Kaipara Maori Warden. I was Secretary to the Old Boys Rugby Club (Dargaville) and 3 years on the Tai Tokerau Maori Council.
I have spent a lot of time involved with sports, trying to keep the young ones off the streets, which has proved successful. Some of our students need the help that others have failed to give them. I feel I am confident in working with people of all ages.
Whanau (Family)
All my eight children went to Dargaville High School.

Michaela Jenkins-Stevenson
Tēnā koutou katoa,
I hold the position of student representative for 2017. I was born in Auckland and moved here in 2008. I have attended Dargaville High School since 2014, and am currently in Year Twelve.
I am thoroughly committed to providing students with a voice. As such, I look forward to the challenge and responsibility this position entails, and I am confident that I will get much out of it.