Dargaville High School Board of Trustees 2018

Board of Trustees

BOT Secretary (policies & procedures): board@darghigh.school.nz

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BOT Register 2019

Name Board Position Member Type
Kim McCahon Chairperson Elected
Michael Houghton Principal  
Shirley Baume Staff Trustee Elected
Kyah Suckling Student Trustee Elected
Neil Hopkins Member Co-opt
Charlie Pirini Member Elected
Winifred Frood Member Selected
Brenden Eruera Nathan Member Elected
Sheree Corston Board Secretary  
Tracey Holster Member Elected

BOT Profiles

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.

Neil Hopkins
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.

Tracy Holster
I am excited to be part of the Dargaville High School Board of trustees. I have had six years of experience on previous school boards. I have one child at Dargaville High who is in Year 9. I live in a rural area of Dargaville, and I work in the tourism area which I really enjoy.
I believe strongly that the children attending Dargaville High School are our future leaders.

Kim McCahon
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 two 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.

Shirley Baume
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”.

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.
Comments. 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.

Wini Rata-Frood BASS; PostGradDipClinical Teaching; PostGradCert Supervision.
I'm Wini and I work as a counsellor/advocate for a NGO that covers the Tai Tokerau region. I'm a farmer’s wife and we have a blended family with a history of attendance and current attendance at Dargaville High School.
I am passionate about education, equality, our tamariki and all things Maori. In the words of Dame Whina, 'Take care of our children, take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel, for how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa.

Brenden Eruera Nathan
Kia ora,
Born and raised in Dargaville, my education began at both local Kindergartens, Dargaville Primary, Dargaville Intermediate, then a brief term at Dargaville High School before being sent to boarding school at Wesley College.
I attended Massey University Albany for four years studying a BA Social Science & Policy. I returned to Dargaville to raise a family with wife Hellen Ashby-Nathan and now have 5 children, 2 current students and 2 to attend.
I am currently on the Board of Trustees for Te Kopuru School, Co-Club Captain of the Western Sharks Rugby and an employee of Dargaville Ford.
I’m a loyal supporter of community growth and development within our Kaipara district and the promotion of opportunity for youth to excel in education and sports. I’m excited to contribute to the DHS Board of Trustees and will encourage the development of a positive environment, and the provisions for the best facilities for our future learners.

Phoebe Godfrey
My name is Phoebe Godfrey and I am a student at Dargaville High School.
I was born and raised in Dargaville, attending the local Primary, Intermediate and now High school. I have attended Dargaville High School since 2015, and believe that this school has great potential. I am a passionate and confident student who hopes to, through her role as student rep, properly represent the students in order to help Dargaville High School develop into an even greater school.