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Establishment Board for Churton Park School

Media Release

5 November, 2009

Establishment Board appointed for Amesbury Drive School, Churton Park

An establishment board of trustees has been appointed for the new primary school in Churton Park, Wellington, the Acting Regional Manager of the Central South office of the Ministry of Education, Anne Devonshire announced today.

``Population growth in Churton Park has seen the existing school rolls in the area swell, and projections show there will be 600 additional primary aged student places needed by 2021.’’

Amesbury Drive School will cater for Year 1-6 students.

Members of the Establishment Board for Amesbury Drive School are:

• Roger Ellis
• Rory O’Connor
• Alison Pask
• David Waters
• Wendy Welsh

``These board members were appointed from nominations received by the Ministry. Their combination of experience and skills across a range of areas makes a strong team to complete the tasks that will be required of them,’’ said Anne Devonshire.

The board will be responsible for appointing a foundation principal, contributing to the design of the school, determining school policy and governance matters as well as ensuring the school meets the needs and aspirations of the local community.

Tricia Chapman has been appointed as a governance facilitator to support the board in its responsibilities. She is an experienced board of trustees’ trainer and has previously been a school board member herself.

The Ministry of Education will be contacting all appointees to arrange the first meeting at which a chairperson for the new board will be elected.

``There are many exciting opportunities ahead for the establishment board and its principal as the school’s vision and philosophy is developed’’ said Anne Devonshire.

``I would like to encourage all members of the community to support the establishment board to ensure the success of Amesbury Drive School,’’ she said.

ENDS

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