Dargaville High School Board of Trustees 2018

Board of Trustees

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

BOT Student Rep Nominations close @ 12pm Friday 6 September
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BOT Register 2019

Name Board Position Member Type
Kim McCahon Chairperson Elected
Michael Houghton Principal  
Geoff Prentice Staff Trustee Elected
Chloe Hodgson Student Trustee Elected
Neil Hopkins Member Co-opt
Chris Mason Member Elected
Winifred Frood Member Selected
Brenden 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.

Winifred 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.