The School Board is a governance body that comprises elected parents together with the Principal and one staff representative.

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 School Board, 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 pm, usually on the third Tuesday of each month. The meetings are open to the public, and our parent community is welcome to attend.


School Board (From left) Sarah Robb, Tania Shuker (Elder), Rob Dixon, Natasha Buckby, Michelle Bishop, Stuart Cameron (Principal), Claire Harris, Rachel Ono (staff rep)

Board Members

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Rob Dixon, Presiding Member

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.

Committees: Property and Curriculum

Natasha Buckby, Deputy Presiding Member

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 a law 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.

Committees: Finance and Communication

Michelle Bishop, Board Secretary

I am a mum of one boy, currently in the Halswell Senior 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 the 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 continuing to make 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.

Committees: Health & Safety and Communication

Sarah Robb

I have a daughter at Halswell School and a preschool-aged son. My background is in supply chain and logistics management, and I enjoy thinking strategically and working in a team. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important to me, and I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my family.

As a parent, I feel strongly that it is important to provide all children with the best opportunities possible and that all children should be supported to be their best selves.

I am looking forward to contributing to the Halswell School community as a board member and will strive to make positive differences.

Committees: Finance and Curriculum

Tania Shuker (Elder)

As a member of the Halswell School community for over six years, I am looking forward to putting my experience from the workplace to good use.  I have a background in industry (engineering) and have a strong analytical focus when it comes to Health and Safety and continuous improvement.  Currently, I am in the education sector (tertiary) and hope to enable insight into how the foundations built at Halswell can benefit students in their future academic endeavours.  I also hope my years of teaching and mentoring, primarily through Rotary and the workplace, can be of benefit to the Board and the wider Halswell School community.

Committees: Health & Safety and Curriculum

Claire Harris

Kia Ora, I am the proud parent of two children in the junior area at Halswell School.

My background is in product development, planning and analysis. I am currently working in senior management at a NZ clothing company. I thoroughly enjoy working as part of a team collaborating for common goals and want to use these skills to contribute to the wider school community.

During our spare time our family enjoys making the most of the great outdoors of New Zealand and keeping active.

Committees: Health & Safety and Property

Rachel Ono (Staff Representative)

Tēnā koutou katoa,  

Ko Rachel Ono tōku ingoa, the Board Staff Representative. 

I have been teaching and leading the Year 0-2 team at Te Kura o Te Tauawa Halswell School since 2019. I am passionate about education and see myself as a lifelong learner. Te Kura o Te Tauawa Halswell is a great place to work and to learn! 

I value the opportunity to be on the School Board and look forward to working with the other members of the Board to support the direction of our kura.

Committees: Curriculum and Communication

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.