Community is an important part of the Cobham way, and our Board of Trustees and Parent Teacher Association ensure the smooth running of our school. Find out more information about these groups below.
BoT and PTA Information
The Board of Trustees is entrusted to provide governance of the school on behalf of the stakeholders. Stakeholders include school students, their families, teachers and staff and the school community. Contact email: email@example.com
The Board of Trustees (Board) comprises Trustees who are elected or appointed to the Board.
The Board is entrusted to provide governance of the school on behalf of the stakeholders. Stakeholders include school students, their families, teachers and staff and the school community.
Governance is the high level control of the school to ensure future performance and current compliance.
The Board provides strategic leadership rather than operational management. The Board’s role is to set plans and strategies that will enable the school to “enhance student achievement” and at the same time ensure Cobham Intermediate School complies with legal and policy requirements.
Governance is about leadership through a defined and balanced interaction between the Board and management. Trustees have a duty to know what their role and responsibilities are in the organisation. It is important that the board does not become involved in managing the organisation. The Board need to have the flexibility within the governance framework to respond to student needs.
The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the School on behalf of the Board. The Principal has a key role in working with the Board to implement Board approved strategy and through informing that strategy by providing high quality, relevant and comprehensive information on student learning and achievement and key issues that are affecting the School.
The Principal provides leadership to teachers and staff within Cobham Intermediate School to build an environment that encourages learning and achievement.
The Principal is also a voting member of the Board of Trustees and contributes to Board decisions, except for matters relating to his or her appointment or where he/she is otherwise conflicted.
Members of the Board will:
- Ensure that the needs of the students and their learning are given full consideration when planning, resourcing and implementing the school’s curriculum.
- Ensure that all students are provided with an education which respects their individuality and which challenges them to reach the highest standards of personal achievement.
- Serve their school and their community to the best of their ability and be honest, reliable, trustworthy, loyal and fair.
- Act with fairness and integrity in all matters concerning staff, the principal, parents and students.
- Maintain the confidentiality and trust vested in them.
- Ensure strict confidentiality of papers and information related to the Board’s position as employer.
- Ensure that individual trustees do not act independently of the Board and its decisions.
- Accept that the Principal is the professional leader of the school who is responsible to the Board.
Craig grew up in Christchurch attending Burnside Primary and Cobham Intermediate Schools. He is married to Kirstine with two children Blake and Scarlett. Blake is currently at Cobham with Scarlett likely to first attend in 2021.
Craig has a commerce degree from the University of Canterbury, is a member of the Institute of Directors’ and a current serving board member of the Christchurch Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. Craig’s day job is working for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, helping to grow Canterbury’s international economy.
He is passionate about his kids and looks forward to helping the board and the dedicated Cobham team to plan and deliver their strategy ‘Achieving for Life’ for all Cobham students.
Eddie Norgate (Principal)
Eddie grew up in Nelson and has been working in Christchurch schools in varying roles. He has two children aged 9 and 2.
Eddie has been the Principal of Cobham since October 2016 and prior to this was Principal at Diamond Harbour School for 6 years. Prior to Eddie’s principalships he taught year 7 and 8 students in both the intermediate and full primary settings.
Eddie has been on various school BOTs since 2004 firstly as a staff representative, obviously as Principal, and he also chairs the Southern Health School BOT.
Nicky is Christchurch born and bred and has worked at Cobham Intermediate for the past 12 years. Cobham is an exciting place to work and she feels fortunate to be working with many skilled educators who are initiating and embracing the massive changes in learning for both teachers and students. Not only is the pedagogy changing but also the physical environment.
She is excited to be a member of the Board of Trustees as they negotiate their way towards a total rebuild and a much more collaborative way of teaching and learning.
We are a group of parents, caregivers and teachers who meet on a regular basis to promote the interests of the Cobham Intermediate School community. Officially, the PTA is an Incorporated Society with charitable status that is governed by a written constitution. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our main aims are to provide a link between students, parents/caregivers and the school, to raise funds to provide improved facilities for the school, to assist the school to provide a wide range of educational, social, cultural and sporting activities for students and to encourage new families to join the school community.
If you are a parent or caregiver of a student at Cobham Intermediate you are automatically a member.
The Annual General Meeting is held in Term 4 and committee meetings are held monthly, usually in the second week of each month, at 7.00pm in the staffroom above the school office. All members are warmly welcome at these meetings. Any member who attends a monthly meeting is considered a committee member for that meeting, with full voting rights. Meeting dates are advertised on the school calendar and website.
The PTA Annual General Meeting is held in term four each year, and parents of students who will be joining the school the following year are invited to attend.
The Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary are normally elected at the AGM. The current elected office bearers and co-ordinators are:
- Chairperson: Matt Darnbrough
- Secretary: Rob Martin
- Treasurer: Vicky Daldry
- Uniform Shop Coordinator: Sonya Ng