2019 Common Election results
For 5 parent representatives
info Alphabetical order
We therefore declare the following duly elected:
Mr Corey Busfield, Mr John Ling, Alan Piper, Mr Mark Stickland and Mrs Karen Willats.
Meet your representatives
My name is John Ling, and I am standing for Wakaaranga school (1560) BOT parent representative. I have two children who are currently attending this school, one is in year 4 and the other is in year 6. I live in New Zealand since from 1985. Currently I am running a private art tutorial school at Mt Eden, Auckland. As a tutor and operator of the art school, I am teaching about hundred students every week, and communicating and meeting with the parents and students regularly. I am currently a long-term executive committee of Auckland Chinese Community Centre Inc., which established since from 1960s. For the over 20 years, I have been doing my best to make contributions to the community. Such as I help to organize the Chinese community biggest event "Chinese new year market day celebration" at Auckland ASB Showgrounds every year. I can speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese, as one of the key members of this event, I am responsible for the communication and coordination with the stallholders, sponsors, marketing people, medias, local and overseas performers, and VIPs etc. With our efforts, the events always run in a successful way and benefit to most Chinese and kiwis in Auckland. Over the years, I also make earnest efforts to promote public good. I've been working as a PTA crew in Wakaaranga school, and always happy to be a parent helper once I have free time. As a parent representative, in the 2018 school Gala, I was in charge of the Asian food stall and achieve a satisfactory result. Since my two children attend Wakaaranga school and I realize the BOT have done a great job for the school, I would like to thanks their great and hard works! I understand if we want to keep the school always be the best for the children, we should continue to make every endeavor for that. I am looking forward to being one of the BOT members and working with them to add a bit more value to the schools, students, parents and the society.
I am seeking re-election to the Board of Trustees where I am presently Board Chair.
Shelley and I have two children at Wakaaranga (Kate and Ben) who are currently in years 5 & 6. We have a great school at Wakaaranga and being involved on the Board is a great way for me as a parent to be connected and to contribute.
This year is a very important year for Wakaaranga as we engage with the entire school community and undertake a recruitment process to replace Brent Jenkin as Principal.
The skills and experience I offer the school are: • Commercial experience gained in the finance and logistic sectors. • Continuity as an existing Board member.
My name is Mark Stickland and I am the current Secretary of the Board of Trustees for Wakaaranga School. I am a husband, father of 3 and a former teacher, now working in the business world. My wife Amanda and I are proud that Wakaaranga is the school community that our children are a part of.
KIDS ARE AT THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO AT WAKAARANGA…
…and I see our school’s job as being the development of kids to be successful in a modern world. They need to be resilient and resourceful, and have the ability to think critically about their health and relationships.
I advocate for a focus on literacy and numeracy that is balanced and contextualised in technology, physical education and real-life people skills.
We do this successfully through 3 Waka Specials… 1. Supporting and resourcing great teachers to be able to focus on doing their jobs with excellence. 2. Having great executive leadership, in the principal’s offices. 3. Sustaining a great environment, that has the space and technology to facilitate good, rounded learning.
Our school is at a crossroads, with the imminent change of Principal. Now more than ever, experienced BOT governance, by people that know our school, is important.
On re-election to the board, I would continue to contribute responsible governance, and good stewardship. I am committed to finding a talented new Principal, and making sure that Wakaaranga School continues as a place where our students and staff play to their strengths and flourish.
I have been a part of the school community for some time with my son Max in year 6 and daughter Ava in year 3. I have hugely enjoyed the last three years as the existing board Treasurer and would love to continue my work with the school. I have experience with various committees as well as assisting with fundraising events.
With an extensive background in the finance industry I have excellent commercial awareness, strong analytical skills and a complete understanding of operational leadership and compliance. I believe myself to be a confident and committed person who proactively leads by example and who has very high ethical standards.
My experience has provided me with effective negotiation skills, strategic depth and proven ability to execute objectives and I believe these skills should continue to be of great use to the Wakaaranga School Board.
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