2013 Board of Trustees
Shane Scott: Chairperson.
Shane has two sons, the oldest having started at Cobham Intermediate in 2013. Shane began his career as a teacher and taught in New Zealand and the United Kingdom working in both mainstream and special needs schools. He them moved into a variety of business roles from owning his own business to working for international organisations. More recently he has been involved in project management, strategically planning and implementing initiatives at both a local and national level. Shane is a committee member of a local rugby club, as well as being involved in coaching an Under 10 team.
Adele Ainger: Treasurer
Adele has a daughter in Year 7 at Cobham and a son in Year 5 at a contributing school. She joined the Cobham Board of Trustees in January 2012, to take up the role of Treasurer. As a Chartered Accountant in public practice, she has the relevant skills to assist the school with finance and accounting needs. One of her goals for the next 3 years is to update the Cobham School uniform.
Scott has two daughters, one in Year 8 at Cobham, and the second who will start at Cobham in 2014. Scott is a policeman who worked in the South Auckland area for 11 years and the Canterbury region for 13 years. For the last 19 years he has been involved in the Criminal Investigation Branch, investigating serious crime. Scott has participated in sport at an international level for 10 years, has coached his children’s sports teams for the last 7 years.
Mike is a former student at Cobham Intermediate who has two school-aged girls. He is a company director who currently works in the tech sector with a focus on software development and internet technologies. Mike has a degree in Music (both performance and composition), and has been actively involved in many performing arts groups, written and directed films and travelled widely as a New Zealand ambassador to the arts. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees for Kendall Primary up until 2013.
Deanne has 3 children, Mia who is in Year 8 at Cobham Intermediate, and at Fendalton Open Air School, Moe in Year 6, and Isla in Year 3. Deanne has a degree in Japanese Language, and spent 7 years living and teaching abroad, and has vast experience with international students including being part of the management team for an English Language School. She is currently International Director at Kaiapoi High School, and has previously served on the board of trustees for Fendalton Open Air School.
Scott Thelning: Principal
Scott joined Cobham Intermediate in 2012. He was previously the principal of Mt Pleasant Primary.
Philippa Chilvers: Staff Representative
Philippa has been Staff Representative on the board since 2010. She teaches an inquiry class, and is responsible for school productions, chorale, school choir, and language curriculum at Cobham.
Lorraine Bamford: Minute Secretary
Code of Conduct
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.
The Principal will:
- Ensure that the needs of the students and their learning are given full consideration in planning, resourcing and implementing the school’s curriculum.
- Show commitment to the belief that each student is of equal value and is entitled to an education which respects her/his individuality and challenges her/him to reach her/his highest standards of personal achievement.
- Be loyal to the charter and fully committed to achieving its purpose, aims and objectives.
- Act fairly and with integrity in all matters concerning staff, members of the Board of Trustees, parents and students, and show a commitment to the continuing development of the staff’s professional skills.
- Work co-operatively with school staff, but take final responsibility for decisions within the Principal’s authority as delegated by the Board.
- Provide all information about a student to any person with legal rights to the information who requests it and respect confidentiality by keeping information about a student from people who have no right to it.
- Not vote in Board of Trustees’ decisions in relation to the Principal’s employment.