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Rachael Leafe - promoting educational achievement

Rachael Leafe - promoting educational achievement

Source: Trustee Elections

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Rachael Leafe has been actively engaged with the community and the school that her children and family attend. She has enjoyed the opportunity to be a representative for the community on Petone’s Sacred Heart Primary School Board of Trustees for the last four 4 years, to promote the educational achievement of all the children at the school.

Communication with the school community is an important part of the role for Rachael: "I keep the parent support groups informed of board decisions and am available to advocate or answer any questions.

"As a parent representative and a member of both Maori and Pasifika parent support groups, I have tried to ensure an authentic and appropriate representation of both groups."

Rachael will be standing again for the 2016 elections and hopes to continue with the experience and learning that the role brings.

"I have enjoyed my term as a trustee and have a greater appreciation for the decision making process and governance matters," she says.

"The experience as a trustee has given me the confidence to participate and contribute to decisions that positively impact the education of our children."

Election Project Manager Janet Kelly says schools need people who can make a positive difference for their local school. "A well run school board has the power to lift student achievement - which benefits the whole community.

The vast majority of schools have chosen to hold their elections on the 3rd June. For those schools, nominations closed last Friday and voting will take place over the next two weeks ending at noon on 3 June.

Janet Kelly says it is now up to the school’s parent communities to play their part in the democratic process.

"It is important that the board reflects its community.

"Every parent can make a difference for their children by voting in this election. It is vital that everyone who is entitled to vote makes the most of the opportunity by thinking about who will make the right kind of difference at their school and then getting their votes in on time."

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