Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees govern the school. Meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.

The next Board meeting dates are listed on the event calendar and held at 5:45pm in the school staffroom.  

Board of Trustees

Erina Kent (Chair)

Erina was first elected onto the Board in May 2013 for a 3 year term, elected Board Chair in February 2014, 15 & 16 and has been re-elected in May 2016. She has 3 children, her older son has graduated from Royal Oak Intermediate and her younger son is currently in Year 7. Erina is of Māori and NZ European descent and is on the Personnel Committee.

Gary Briggs-Canavan

Gary was co-opted to the Board in Feb 2015 for a 3 year term. He has two children who have both graduated from Royal Oak Intermediate school.  Gary is a proud Kiwi honoured to be given the opportunity to support a wonderful community through the Board and Property and Policy sub-committees.

Rachel Rippon

Rachel has three children, two who attend Royal Oak Primary and this year her eldest child is in year 7 at Royal Oak Intermediate. Rachel is also a past pupil of Royal Oak Intermediate herself.  Rachel works as a Teacher Aide at Royal Oak Primary and has been living in the community her whole life.  Rachel knows that working together we can all see our children reach their full potential and become confident adults and is looking forward to her journey on the board for our school.

Clive Sharpe

Clive was elected to the board in November 2014. He has not had a child attend Royal Oak Intermediate, but lives close to the school. He has been an intermediate school deputy principal and principal as well as being a primary school principal. Clive was on an advisory committee to an Associate Minister of Education. Clive is of NZ European descent and is currently on the Personnel Committee.

Rebekah Wardrop

Ko Rebekah taku ingoa. I was co-opted on the Board in Nov 2015 and have been re-elected in May 2016. I am a parent of a Royal Oak Intermediate graduate. My background is in Art Education, Design and Creative Thinking. Ko Ngati Whatua, Nga Puhi toku iwi, Te Roroa toku hapu, Ko Ngati Pakeha. I currently serve on the Policy and Consultation Committees.

George Woodward

George was elected as a parent representative to the Board in May 2016 for a three year term. George has three children, two of whom attend Onehunga Primary School. This year his eldest child is in Year 7 at Royal Oak Intermediate. George has many years of experience in law, finance and business. George has been on the Onehunga Primary School Board for three years and also coaches two teams of energetic youngsters at the local football club. George believes it is a privilege to represent the parents of the Royal Oak Intermediate School community and to be able to play a part in such an important facet of our children’s lives.

Albra Stoltenkamp (Staff Trustee)

Albra Stoltenkamp was elected onto the Royal Oak Board of Trustees as the Staff Representative and will be serving for the next three years. She has two children and is originally from South Africa. She has been teaching in New Zealand for the past 14 years and is passionate about teaching, learning and committed to serving the school and community. Albra is the Deputy Principal. She is an ultra walker and marathon runner and takes a keen interest in Art and Crafts and the Arts.

Ross Devereux (Principal)

Ross was appointed as our school’s principal in July 2017. As the principal, Ross is an automatic member of the Board of Trustees.

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Public Attending Board Meetings Procedure

Welcome to the Royal Oak Intermediate School board of trustees meeting. We welcome public presence at our meetings and hope that you enjoy your time observing our board meeting.

 In order that you understand the rules that apply to members of the public attending our meetings please read the following:

1 Board meetings are not public meetings but meetings held in public.

2 If the meeting moves to exclude the public (usually this is to protect the privacy of individuals) then you will be asked to leave the meeting until this aspect of business has been concluded.

3  Members of the public may request speaking rights on a particular subject that is on the agenda. Preferably this request has been made in advance. Public participation is at the discretion of the board.      

4 Speakers shall be restricted to a maximum of 2 minutes each per subject, with a time limit of fifteen minutes per interest group.

5 No more than 2 speakers on any one topic.

6 Speakers are not to question the board and must speak to the topic.

7 Board members will not address questions or statements to speakers.

8 Speakers shall not be disrespectful, offensive, or make malicious statements or claims.

9 If the chair believes that any of these have occurred or the speaker has gone over time they will be asked to finish.

10 Members of the public may apply in writing to the Board via the Board Chair to have a matter considered within a subsequent board meeting agenda.  Written acceptance to add to the agenda will be tendered at the Board’s discretion.

Please note: Members of the public include staff and parents of the school who are not trustees on the board.