I am a highly motivated, student-focused educational leader possessing a strong commitment to the development of students and staff. I am continually exploring modern learning practices and looking for ways to increase engagement and raise achievement by implementing 21st-century ideas through a pedagogy-first approach.
I love spending time with my family, mountain biking, and enjoying the outdoors.
I am privileged to have been a Board member since March 2007 and I am passionate about ensuring we continue to give all students at Rāroa the opportunity of the best school experience possible.
I believe that a good Board of Trustees has a clear view of the school’s purpose and values ensure that there is effective accountability management and governance culture and has the ability to act as required to ensure the continued good operation of the school.
Rāroa is a great school that engages with our young people and challenges them to aspire to achieve and I look forward to continuing to work with the school and its community.
Kia ora koutou, I’m Robyn McInnes. I have three children, one of whom is currently at Raroa (2022 – 2023). My older two are now at Onslow College having completed their time at intermediate. Our family lives in Ngaio but our children went to Crofton Downs Primary School before coming to Raroa.
I joined the Raroa Board in May 2021. I’m very keen to see that children are not only enriched by the Raroa experience but that they leave the school with a secure and purposeful skill base as they head into secondary education. I also place great value on ensuring effective communication between school and home.
In the past, I have worked in public sector roles in community funding and justice and also as a secondary teacher of maths and English. More recently I have been working in a variety of non-teaching roles in the education sector.
I live in Churton Park with my wife and our three sons, the eldest of whom is starting at Rāroa in 2020. Our other two sons will be in Years 2 and 5 at Churton Park School. My professional background is in the public sector, where I have undertaken senior leadership roles in information technology and, more recently, portfolio management.
I am new to the board, and in the short time I have been involved I have been hugely impressed by the learning environment the school provides, and the energy and enthusiasm of the staff.
It is a privilege to use my professional experience in governance, strategy, stakeholder engagement, and risk management to support the continued development of the school, helping it to realise its vision – aspire to achieve.
Kia Ora, I am Lizzie, and I am a parent elected representative of the Board of Trustees at Rāroa Intermediate. I am a single mother of two boys, one who is currently at Rāroa Intermediate and one who will be attending Rāroa intermediate in 2024. When I am not busy being a parent, I work as an Anaesthetic Technician to help anaesthetise people for surgery. I am also studying a Masters of Business Administration which will be completed in 2023. Additionally, I have a health science degree, and a diploma in applied science.
My reason for putting myself forward as a parent representative of the board of trustees is that I believe that Rāroa Intermediate is an inclusive school that embraces diversity and genuinely cares for the health and well-being of children and that this school strives to give everyone who attends a diverse range of opportunities that allow them to thrive in their educational journeys. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the senior leadership, and teaching team of Rāroa Intermediate.
As a mum of a neuro-diverse child, I can also understand the struggles families can find themselves on during the educational journey with kids that experience behavioural and learning difficulties and for that reason, I also wanted to bring my unique insight from my life experience to offer an additional perspective on these kind of things.
I am really grateful to have the opportunity to be a board member and I hope that I can make a meaningful contribution to this amazing school community.
Kia ora, my name is Sarah Lewis. I live in Khandallah with Gareth and our 3 girls. Our girls are currently (2019) in years 2, 4, and 6. Our eldest will be starting our family’s Rāroa experience in 2020.I have been extremely impressed with the quality of teaching, the passion of the staff, the community focus, and the wellbeing priority. Rāroa is an exemplary school. I feel very proud and excited to join the Rāroa board.
I am a qualified accountant. I currently have a diverse role as a Corporate Services Exec in the Not-for-profit sector. My responsibilities include Finance, Property, IT, Governance, and Logistics.
Policies and Procedures
Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.