Board of Trustees

Chairperson: Mary-Ann Newhouse
Staff Representative: Penny Hopkins

Principal: Gina Smith


  • Heather Lyons
  • Kat Maxwell
  • Janine Adams
  • Robyn Ramsden
  • Helen Cronin

The meeting dates for 2016 are: The Monday on, or before, the 20th of each month – not including school holidays. Meetings are held in the school staffroom at 6.30pm. Parents and Caregivers are welcome to attend.


Featherston School Board of Trustees News 1:2nd September 2016


Welcome to the first Board Newsletter.  This will be our way of keeping you informed of what the board has been doing. We are currently in the process of getting our photos taken and developed (yippee can’t wait).

Firstly I would like to thank all those whom participated in our survey the full summary of this will be posted on Tara’s window in the office but to give you an overview Helen our Board Secretary has summarised it for us.


Community survey feedback – 14 out of 46 (30%) of our whanau responded to the community survey.


  1. Why did you choose Featherston School?

The proximity to parent’s homes, the Principal and team, small classroom sizes and the spacious classrooms.

  1. What do you like about Featherston School?

The children are happy. The school is whanau orientated, friendliness, sense of family and community, “can do” supportive community.

  1. How satisfied are you with your children’s learning and progress at the school?

A range of responses but generally the majority are very satisfied.

  1. How satisfied are you with the information you get about your child(ren)’s learning?

Parents like the newsletters containing the classroom reports and the classroom communication.

  1. How well does the school respond to your child(ren)’s identity, language and culture?

Has started but have further work to do on this.  People were favourable about students learning Mandarin.

  1. If you have had an issue or concern that you wanted to discuss with the school, did

youfeel comfortable to approach the school? Were you happy about how the matter was addressed?

Yes.  Very positive feedback.

  1. What could Featherston School do better?

Art, creative outlets and an after school care.

  1. Is there anything else that you would like to tell us?

Some individual points were raised that will be followed up.

On a scale of 1 - 10 how satisfied are you with Featherston School?  All feedback was from 8/10 to 10/10 with 78% choosing 9 (21%) and 10 (57%) with average rating of 9.

Overall, the feedback was really positive with some excellent  ideas on what whanau would like to be see implemented in our school.


Earlier this term we also held our Whanau Hui. This was led by Janine Adams and again the feedback was similar to the survey.  Here is a brief summary of that meeting; a full summary will be presented by Janine at our next hui.


Whanau acknowledged that the school had come a long way.  They are more inclusive but they would like to see more for older students to develop a peer group through the cluster.

The whanau would like to meet twice yearly and would like as many parents to be involved as possible.  The group was very enthusiastic, passionate and wanting to contribute to what is in our school plans.

Parents wanted coffee mornings to be re-instated but informal with the whanau hui being more structured.  Naomi Oliver from Family Works is our SWIS and is happy to arrange the coffee mornings.

Parents want to see: the Charter at the next hui; more male role models within the school; and to rebrand the school.

School assembly time and day of week will be discussed at the next staff meeting.  Parents want personal stories in the newsletter about children’s achievements and to keep the BOT visible.


Some of the points raised at this meeting will be addressed by Gina at the next whanau hui as she will be present for the first part of the meeting. As requested an agenda will be sent out prior to the hui and we will go over the school's charter, what it is and how it shapes the school and the direction we are going in.

Coffee mornings will start up again, Thursday the 15th September at 10 am in the Koru room though we will give a reminder closer to the date. We would love to see as many of you there as it will be a good opportunity to meet her and discuss which day best suits everyone so that these mornings can be re-established as a monthly event.


The date of our next Hui is still to be confirmed. Thehui will provide you with an opportunity to have a say.   They give you the opportunity to work with some of our board so we can support staff in providing awesome learning opportunities for our tamariki.

Have an amazing weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather that Featherston is putting on for us until next time.


Nga mihi,


Mary-Ann Newhouse

Chairman of the Board