BOT

BOT Meeting Dates – All meetings commence at 6.00pm.

Open to Public

A Board of Trustees meeting is not a public meeting but a meeting held in public, therefore only trustees have automatic speaking rights.
If you have something you would like to share with the Board, please talk to the Chair, Tania Macdonald, at least 24 hours before the meeting date so that it can be decided whether speaking rights will be granted (and for how long) or whether your information is best dealt with at another forum.
​You may be asked to leave the meeting if the Board deems it necessary to move into “excluding the public” because of personally or financially sensitive material.

Pirinoa School Board of Trustees

BOT

Tania MacDonald

Chairperson

About Me

Hi, my name’s Tania. I grew up in Featherston, attending Fstn Primary, Kuranui College & Otago Uni. My husband Scotty is a Pirinoa school old-boy. We farm just down the road from the school, where our 2 girls attend. The girls are sport-mad, & I love following their pursuits! I’ve been on the board since 2019, & been chair for part of that time. In my 2nd term on the board, I bring consistency & knowledge. I look forward to working with our new team, & supporting our new principal.

E: bot@pirinoa.school.nz

Treena Fitness

Parent Representative

About Me

Hi, My name is Treena Fitness, and I have lived in Pirinoa with my partner Ron Gammie for 8 years this Christmas, I have been in the finance industry for 40 years, I have been a secretary of my Hockey Club, and still play hockey. We enjoy following the grandkids in their sports. We help out at fundraisers and school working bees. We enjoy being part of the Pirinoa community and have made many friends. I look forward to helping out on the board with the new Principal.

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Sara Sutherland

Parent Representative

About Me

My name is Sara Sutherland, my husband Roddy and I live just north of Pirinoa on our sheep, beef & cropping farm with our two daughters Amelia and Hannah who attend Pirinoa School. We have strong ties to the Southern Wairarapa having both grown up here (Roddy in Pirinoa, attending Pirinoa School and myself in Greytown) and are the 4th generation of our family to be farming in the Pirinoa area. I have a background in local government and administration, and am currently working as an assistant accountant at a local accounting firm in Martinborough. I joined the Pi rinoa School BOT in 2017 as a minute taker, before filling a board vacancy in 2018 as a parent representative and have been a member since. I have really enjoy learning about the education sector and working alongside the Pirinoa School staff to make our school the fun, vibrant and unique environment that it is for our children.

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Aaron Donges

Parent Representative

About Me

My name is Aaron, I have been on the board for 2 years and an ex pupil of the School my wife Jess and i have 3 Children attending Pirinoa School with Jess working in the office. I grew up here in Pirinoa and love being a part of the School and Community. I have enjoyed being on the board and learning more about how the school works and helping out with odd jobs around the School. I am currently working with Aorangi Trust and building with a background of beekeeping too. In my spare time I love getting out for a dive and doing anything outdoors.

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Natalie Lagah

Staff Representative

About Me

Tena koutou katoa, I grew up on a range of dairy farms around the North Island. I am the second of six children and am a proud Aunt to 3 nieces and 3 nephews. I attended Napier Girls' High School where I boarded for five years before moving to Hamilton to study at Waikato University. I worked on dairy farms as a relief milker, reared calves, sprayed weeds, did fencing and contracting work and worked as a nanny. Following my graduation, I moved to Taumarunui. I taught children aged between Year 3 and Year 6 for five years, coached sports, organised trips, planned productions, sports days and field trips, and managed the school gardens. In 2018 I moved to the Wairarapa and began working at Pirinoa School. My aim is make learning fun and interesting, while allowing children to explore outside of Pirinoa and New Zealand. I love the idea of play-based learning across all levels of the school and enjoy teaching the children about places around our country and around the world.

E: natalie.lagah@pirinoa.school.nz

Jane Gibbens

Minute Secretary

About Me

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