I have lived in the Flatbush area for the past 10 years. I moved to the area to build a new house and set down some roots for my young family – my almost two year old son and another due any day! During this time, I have seen the housing build up around us and Baverstock Oaks School open its doors. Now a father of three, I have been associated with the school for six years. My oldest son graduated in 2012, my two daughters are currently in the Budding Branches and my wife, Nikki, is teaching a year 3 and 4 class.
I have been involved with the school touch rugby in a coaching and management role for the past 5 seasons, I have attended several school outings, including the year 6 camp in 2012.
I currently work as the Logistics Manager at the iconic children’s wear brand Pumpkin Patch where it ‘is all about the kids’. I am a very involved father and now well attached to the local community through various sports and friends. I believe my level headed, grounded approach and excellent communication skills fit well with the school values and vision.
Jo RussellDeputy Chairperson
New Member 2016
I am a mother of two children, currently aged 7 and 4.
Before becoming a mother I was an associate at Jasmax Architects, where I was a Senior Designer and ran large scale commercial interior projects. I am currently getting back into the industry working part time, but am focusing on smaller projects that will work around being a mother as well.
From working on large scale projects, and dealing with different clients briefs and needs, I feel I can bring a good listening ear, common sense, very good project management skills and I am generally good at dealing with situations and getting things done.
As a family we all enjoy BMX and race in the summer time for Mountain Raiders in Pakuranga.
I was elected onto the board in 2010 and I welcome the opportunity to work alongside respected long term members.
The Board of Trustees enters a new and exciting phase in the schools future with new and exciting challenges ahead. The frame work for the school has been created and we now enter the challenge of continuing the growth and learning, with many of our foundation students either all ready left or the leaving us in 2010.
Our wonderful leadership team and teachers will continue to promote our mission statement of “Learning to grow: Growing to learn” and pass this onto the next generation of Baverstock young people.
I have 2 boys at Baverstock Oaks and my wife Dee is also involved in the FAB activities. Being involved in sales related and customer relationship roles for over 15 years I look forward to continuing to help in the achievement of the students as they grow and pass on the Baverstock principles in all walks of life.
I am a mother of 2 wonderful children Jess and Dave who are both in their late 20’s.
I was very privileged and honoured to be appointed Principal of Baverstock Oaks School in April 2018. I was appointed Foundation Associate Principal of this wonderful school in 2004 prior to the school opening in 2005. It was an exciting adventure setting up a new school in a developing and multi-cultural community. I was involved in the shared visioning process and the creation of our Six Core Values. Any decision made is always done so by ensuring it is in alignment with our shared vision and values.
I applied for the Principals position as I love this school and community. We have a very committed staff and Board of Trustees who are dedicated to meeting the needs of all children in a safe and supportive environment.
Allison HamiltonStaff Trustee
I joined the Baverstock Oaks family as an Acorn whanau leader in January 2006. I have taught in Y0 to Year 6 classrooms throughout my career. In 2009, I became the Associate Principal of the Acorn team – Year 0 to Year 2. I had a variety of responsibilities both specific to the Acorn team as well as schoolwide.
In 2016, I now have responsibilities across the whole school. I am still the SENCO/Pastoral Care leader for Year 0-2 and am also responsible for Maori and Pasifika Achievement, Student Teacher and Provisionally Certified Teacher Mentoring Programmes within the school, and student leadership across the school.
I am married to Paul with 3 children of whom, two of them attended Baverstock Oaks School. My eldest daughter is currently studying at Auckland University, my middle daughter is at AUT and my youngest and only son, who started at Baverstock Oaks as a 5 year old, is now in Year 10.
My role as staff trustee, involves communicating with staff on governance decisions made by the board, organising curriculum reports given to the board by staff members, representing all staff at board meetings and working in consultation with the Principal.
Hariharan (Hari) JawaharTrustee
I currently work for Kiwibank as a branch manager and involved in various community activities along with extensive leadership and networking skills. I also hold Master’s Degree in Business administration MBA and Bachelors in technology. I can bring in my strong work experience and educational back ground towards the development of school. I believe I am suited to this position and able to adapt to the role easily and efficiently. I am also able to relate to all kinds of people and enjoy working hard. I am well organised and motivated and have the desire to achieve the best in whatever role I am in.
I believe that both my skills and personal attributes match the requirements you seek for this role. I have well-developed written and oral communication skills which will enable me to maintain key relationships.
My daughter Megha is currently on Year 2 in Baverstock Oaks.
I was privileged to be co-opted onto the Board in late 2017. As a mother of two young children, Henry and Charlotte, I have a strong interest in their education and growth and ensuring that the same opportunities available to them, are available to other children. Baverstock Oaks has a wonderfully inclusive and progressive environment that I believe is an asset to the community.
I am a qualified Fingerprint Officer for the New Zealand Police and have previously been a librarian and an archaeologist. I have a long connection to the Botany/Flat Bush area, having lived here and in Howick for most of my life. I have served the community as an elected member in local government for many years and will bring all this experience to serving the school community as a Board of Trustees member.
I look forward to seeing my children, and the children in the community, thrive and grow within the school and beyond.