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School Review and school wide assessment
Kia ora, my name is Bridget Sangster, and I have been on the Goldies Board since 2017. Together with my husband Rob, we have three children – Liam, who is in his first year at College, Ella, in Year 4, and Beth, who is a New Entrant.
I have been an Early Childhood Teacher for 12 years, and I am currently choosing to balance busy family life with relief work between two of our community preschools. With a Board needing a variety of expertise, my strengths are the knowledge of the education sector from an Early Childhood teachers’ perspective, who also enjoys the nitty gritty of policy.
Also, after five years on the board I feel I have a good grasp of how the beast of school governance works, and are well aware of the challenges and opportunities unique to our school. I am a positive person, who is professional and approachable, and I would love to continue to support the Goldfield’s team by keeping the momentum of the current plans and goals going so it continues to be a great school that seeks improvement, ensuring all our children feel safe, happy and are loving to learn.
Kia ora, my name is Ellen Baldwin. My partner Shaun Fahy and I have three children, all of whom are students at Goldfields Primary School. I have a background in social work, early childhood education and primary teaching and I am currently studying towards a qualification in psychology.
I strongly believe in our school providing a safe and supportive environment in which we can maximise the wellbeing and achievement of our tamariki. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to support our school community in a meaningful way by serving on the board.
Ngā mihi nui
Hi, I am Kylie Bloxham, I am a second term member of the Goldfields Board. I am a mum of 2 busy children – Brynn (year 7 – Cromwell College) and Nate (year 5). Having had both children go through Goldfields, I have watched the school grow and develop into what it is today. I have a finance background and operate my own Bookkeeping business here in Cromwell, working with small to medium sized businesses, varying from tradies to retail.
I believe myself to be an open, honest and approachable person and wish to continue to support our school community by re-election. I am enthusiastic to continue supporting our goldfields staff, children and community, to thrive through our next period of growth and development.
I’m mum to Mack, who started school on Monday as a new entrant, and Rose (Y5) and Jimmy (Y4). Lance and I shifted our family to Cromwell from Auckland the year Rose turned five. Like many other families who move to this town, with extended family in other places, the school became one of the few places outside our immediate family unit that our kids were in the care and company of other adults and a wider community.
I’ve sat on a school board before – I was voted in as the student representative in my seventh form year at Marist College in Auckland. Back then, I was passionate about giving young people a voice, to help the school be a place they felt empowered, connected and able to be their best.
I’m a journalist – My job means I’m often presented with lots of information, on topics both familiar and unfamiliar to me and I’m good at distilling it. I meet and talk to lots of people in my work, and have to be able to put myself in their shoes and understand their stories.
I’m someone who likes process and policies. My first fulltime job was as an electoral secretary for three members of parliament. I’m someone who actually enjoys sitting through a meeting, working through challenges, reaching a consensus and moving forward as a collective, but only after an issue has been considered from different angles.
During my time as a parent to preschoolers, I was on the committee of the Playcentre my kids attended in Auckland. In Cromwell, I joined the parent committee at the Kidsfirst Kindergarten, and was a member until the group was retired. I’m presently working with the Goldfields Friends of the School group.
I’m keen to be involved in governance at Goldfields and continue the great work being done by other parent and staff leaders to ensure our school is culturally responsive and inclusive – a place where all young people who attend are supported to feel good about themselves, others and the community they are a part of, and reach their full potential.
Hi my name is Shaun Hunter. I have lived in Cromwell since early 2005 and have seen a lot of growth and development in the region.
I am a strong believer in a quality education and am passionate about getting kids involved in sport and arts. As a local business owner (Hunter and Craig Building and Design Ltd) for the past 10 years, I feel it has given me a great understanding of the challenges that face a small community and it has taught me how to work with others to achieve a common goal.
I currently have one daughter in the junior school and another set to join the school in the next 4 years, so I see this as an opportunity to look at working with the school to achieve some long term goals