The School’s Board of Trustees is a governance body that comprises parent / community trustees together with the Principal and one Staff Trustee.

The Board is entrusted to work on behalf of the children who attend the school. Its role emphasises strategic leadership rather than administrative detail and ensures that the school complies with legal and policy requirements. The primary focus of the Board of Trustees, Principal and Staff is to ensure the very best educational outcomes for all children attending Halswell School.

Board meetings are held in the school boardroom commencing at 6 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and our parent community are welcome to attend.


Board Members

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Rob Dixon, Board Chair

I am a local parent, with soon to be 2 boys at Halswell School. I am passionate about giving everyone in the school community the opportunity to succeed in our ever-changing world, be that students, teachers, staff and fellow parents.

I will be using my background in business management and sports governance to assist the Board. I love sport and music, so am also looking forward to getting more involved in the school in these areas too – with my parent hat on and my board hat off!

I am currently the Board Chair.

Subcommittees: Property, Curriculum and Communication

Natasha Buckby

I have two children at Halswell School and am relishing the opportunity to be involved with the governance of the school. I have a background in general management roles and currently work for an accounting firm. I have extensive experience in operations, particularly in HR, finance and marketing and want to use those skills to make a strong contribution to the Board.

I am excited to play a part in our school going from strength to strength and have a particular interest in how we support the wellbeing of students and staff to allow them all to succeed.

I am currently the Board Deputy Chair

Subcommittees: Finance, Curriculum and Communication

Shaun Perrin

My professional background is in infrastructure contract and asset management within both private and public sectors. I am currently a Performance Manager for Fulton Hogan, supporting our civil construction and asset management operations across NZ. I have extensive experience in asset management, contracting, financial and performance management.

I believe that being a school trustee is an important role and I enjoy serving the school community.

Subcommittees: Finance, Property and Health & Safety

Ged Robinson

I am a father of four, with two of the four soon to be students at Halswell School. We moved to the area 5 years ago and love being part of the community here. I have a professional sporting background and have recently started up my own small business, which I balance with my other job as a part-time stay at home dad.

I am passionate about helping children to succeed in all parts of life and see being part of the Board of Trustees as a great way to help the children of Halswell School grow and develop. I also love just getting involved and helping out in any way I can.

Sub Committees: Communication and Curriculum

Michelle Bishop

I am a mum of one boy, currently in the Halswell junior School. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the school community and I’m passionate about the opportunities that Halswell School has to offer our current and future students.

Coming from a professional background in Human Resources and Recruitment, I’m a huge believer in development of the whole person, and setting our children up for their own individual versions of success in future years. I believe Halswell School is well placed to support this, and I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the board.

Outside of school and work we run a small farm, I am a keen runner and hobbyist beekeeper.

I am currently the Board Secretary.

Sub Committees: Health & Safety, Communication

Anita Head (Staff Representative)

I joined the Board as the staff representative part way through 2018 and am excited to be continuing in this role. I thoroughly enjoy having a hand in the governance of the school and being able to provide a staff perspective to assist with this.

I have worked at Halswell School since 2009 as a teacher and Team Leader. I believe that we have a very passionate and dedicated staff and Board, and both parties are fully committed to meeting the needs of our students and school community.

Subcommittees: Health and Safety, International and Curriculum

Stuart Cameron (Principal)

Find out about Stuart Cameron on the Message from the Principal page.

Board Information

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Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Statement

Halswell School Board of Trustees is compliant with the personnel policy on being a good employer (including the equal employment opportunities programme) [s 77A State Sector Act 1988].

The Principal as EEO officer has ensured that the following practices have been upheld:

  • shows commitment to equal opportunities in all aspects of employment including recruitment, training, promotion, and conditions of service
  • recognises the value of attracting people from all possible sources of talent
  • selects the person most suited to the position in terms of skills, experience, qualifications, and aptitude
  • recognises the value of diversity in staffing (for example, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, hours of work, etc.) and the employment requirements of diverse individuals/groups
  • ensures that employment and personnel practices are fair and free of any bias.