wairoa college Board of Trustees
My name is Diane McCallum, and until the end of Term 1, 2019 I was Principal at Tiaho Primary School.
My work across Wairoa has given me insight into many of our Early Childhood Centres, and schools. I have the utmost admiration for the work of our teachers and Tumuaki-Principals, in Wairoa, and see this as an opportunity for me to be able to use the knowledge and skills I have developed over the years to continue to support those that are making a difference for our learners.
I am passionate about the learning and achievement of tamariki across Wairoa – our children are the most amazing young people and deserve the best opportunities possible. I believe that we can achieve that by working together – kura, families, whanau and community. I am honoured to have a chance to play a role in that journey.
Ngā mihi o te wā e te whānau o Wairoa Kāreti
Our kura have huge influence on our future leaders as well as our future Te Wairoa.
They also form a large part of our communities beating heart. In large we know that our current social environments are impacting on the education sector and for many whānau education is going in the wrong direction. We can’t change the world, but we can change the way we see and implement the education spectrum. We can change the way we interact with our whānau, and our community to rise our tamariki,
mokopuna up in education and as leaders. As an experienced governor, with a wee bit of knowledge about education, and a pulse for Te Wairoa I’d be keen to guide the well needed changes I speak of.
I am Saskia and I have been teaching at Wairoa College for going on 2 years (October). I am the head of the Mathematics Faculty, a Health and Safety Representative and on the PPTA executive. Previously, I taught at Manurewa High School in Auckland for 2
years and at Willowridge High School (in South Africa) where I was the Head of Health and PE and subject lead for Mathematical Literacy.
I am on the Board to act as a voice for ALL staff as it is important that your views are heard.
Saskia De Kock
My name is Luana Mitchell. I currently work at the Wairoa Community Centre. I have 5 children, with 2 of them attending Wairoa College.
I am actively involved in a lot of sports in the community, through my work and in the schools, running the netball and basketball school’s competitions and also coaching various teams.
The reason I wanted to be a BOT member was to have a voice for our whanau when it is needed and to be more active for the school. As I have children attending, I want to know the best is offered for them in all aspects of schooling.
My name is Jamesa Baty, I have one daughter that attends Wairoa College. I was born and raised in Wairoa, and I am a farm girl at heart. My daughter and I play a wide range of sports in the community, and we also volunteer at the Wairoa Community Centre as swimming coaches.
My purpose for being on the board is to ensure that my daughter and her peers have the right supports and opportunities to succeed and achieve at Wairoa College.
My name is Rob Unwin and I am married to Fran and have resided in the Wairoa district all of my life. I have been involved in different community organisations including the Wairoa A & P Society, Wairoa Ski Club, Wairoa Museum Trust. Along with my wife Francesca we operate two businesses in town.
We currently have our youngest of three boys Lochie attending Wairoa College. Having been in business for over thirty years I am lucky enough to have met and worked with a diverse range of people and have gained experience in areas such as strategic and financial planning.
I am passionate about the Wairoa community and believe there is untapped potential in our youth. I am here to help support the management team in enabling the students to fulfil their potential whether it be into employment or further education.