Election: we have 9
candidates for the
parent trustee election.
An election has been held
to select 5 parent trustees:
Voting closed on Friday 7th June 2019
Votes will be counted and results declared on
Thursday 13th June 2019.
The new Board takes office
on Friday 14th June 2019.
Good luck to all
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS - PARENT ELECTION
We have 9 strong candidates for the parent trustee election, and we
thank each of them for their commitment to Halcombe
Hi my name is Shane Casey. I live in Feilding with
my wife Tarsh and our two sons Cameron and Tristan.
Cameron is now at high school and Tristan still attends
My main role is a local government
councillor for the Manawatu District Council. As
part of my role I also liaise with the Halcombe
Development Committee and am a trustee of the Halcombe
Community Trust. I believe that Halcombe School is
special as it continues to deliver above average results
and helps to produce positive, productive children who
contribute greatly in our district.
With my current
governance experience both in Local Government, as the
Chairperson for the Feilding and Districts Youth Board
and current Chairperson of the Halcombe School Board of
Trustees, I would love to continue my current service to
our school, its children, parents and our valued
teaching staff. Our school is in demand and is
experiencing enrolment growth and with that demand
brings opportunities and challenges.
I will continue
to help maintain our school’s outstanding reputation and
infrastructure not only for our present students but
also for the next generation yet to attend this unique
Tena koutou katoa,
I was co-opted on to the
Halcombe School Board of Trustees midway through this
last term and feel privileged to have had the
opportunity to serve the school community during this
My working life has primarily seen me in
administrative roles - sports administration making up
the most enjoyable part of that, with roles at both
Sport Wanganui and Sport Manawatu having a major focus
in event management.
Following some big life changes, I decided to
return to study and have been slowly working toward a
Bachelor of Business Studies (accounting major,
psychology minor); in that time I have been fortunate to
have contributed to Massey University’s School of
Business as a mentor to first-year distance students,
and more recently as part of a project team within Te Au
Rangahau - the Maori Business Research Centre.
school community member I have coached touch, flippaball
and netball teams at various times and have enjoyed
opportunities to attend or support school assemblies,
outings and class camps along the way.
consists of my husband, Bryant, and our four children -
Mareana, Blake, Max & Ben - who have all been educated
at Halcombe School.
We live on the Tokorangi bus route and have been
here for almost 10 years - and we are very aware of just
how lucky we are that the closest school to our home is
such a well-regarded, safe and opportunity-rich
environment for our kids.
Whether big or small moments, our children have
enjoyed success at Halcombe School in ways that have
been an acknowledgement of each of them as individuals.
In my opinion, the Halcombe School community comprises a
progressive and engaged group who are committed to
ensuring that all students have a positive experience at
the school - finding their best in the areas of
schoolwork, physical activity, leadership, and as
well-adjusted contributing community members.
I seek election to the Board of Trustees for
the coming term and commit to ensuring that our school
continues to provide the environment and opportunities
that we as interested stakeholders, aspire to.
And lastly, I wish all successful candidates the
very best for the coming term.
Nga mihi nui
My name is Richard Dodunski and I have two
children who attend Halcombe School.
Being on the
Halcombe School BOT for the last three years has been an
enjoyable experience and I would be happy to represent
you again if given the opportunity.
involved in primary school education for twenty years
which gives me a solid understanding of what goes on in
the background to create successful schools such as
Halcombe. I started my teaching career as a Year 5/6
teacher in Room 5 at Halcombe School before heading
overseas to teach in the UK and Angola. Since returning
to NZ I’ve worked at South Makirikiri School and am
currently the Deputy Principal of Lytton Street School
in Feilding where I’ve been for the last five years.
I believe the role of a parent rep is an important one
where they need to be asking questions to seek
clarification and gain understanding on a wide variety
of issues. This gives them the knowledge to have input
into the direction of the school while keeping the
overall aim of raising student achievement at the
forefront of their decisions.
I’m mindful of
retaining Halcombe School’s unique rural character in a
sector that is rapidly changing. It has extremely strong
community support, staff who work hard to provide a
broad curriculum giving our children a multitude of
experiences, and produces students who are well prepared
for their next step in education once they leave.
Halcombe is very well regarded in the education
community and I’d like to once again be involved in its
governance in order to continue providing our children
with a quality education.
My name is Mark Evans and our family has had
involvement with Halcombe School since Lucy joined the
school in 2017. I live in Feilding with Philippa and now
that Lucy has left to begin her secondary education, we
have still have Millie enjoying her primary schooling in
the positive & supportive environment at Halcombe
I am currently the Lower North Island Grain Manager for
PGG Wrightson Seeds. My role entails contract
negotiation, management & enforcement; sometimes with
contracts with values of millions of dollars. This role
calls for relationship management between our buyers and
our farmer/grower base. Oversight on financials,
position & exposure is a key requirement of this role.
This role also requires analytical skills, strategic
awareness, constant financial awareness & the ability to
offer solutions in sometimes tense situations.
of my corporate role I’m involved in administration &
management of a range of sports – mainly triathlon,
Harriers and children’s athletics. The majority of this
administration & management is in the form of committees
which provide the interface between various club members
and the respective management committee(s). Event
management also forms part of this administration &
management function, providing opportunities for
everyone to compete in various sports & activities.
I believe the skills I’ve learned over the
past 15 years in a corporate environment coupled with
the administration skills learned in various committees
over the past few years provide me the skill set to make
a positive & effective contribution to Halcombe School.
My name is Rowena and I wish to stand
as a Parent Representative for the Halcombe School Board
bit about me…
I have 4 daughters, Marie (14), Eleanor
(9), Nia (6) and Siân (4) and married to Rob Jones (Head
of PE at FAHS and Girls rugby coach).
I have been
teaching music at secondary school level for 14 years,
previously at FAHS and now MANUKURA in Palmerston North.
I also have my own private music business that I run
after school, two days a week.
I wish to stand for
BOT for several reasons...
1) Halcombe is an
outstanding school and I want to learn off the people
who run the school.
I enjoy being part of a forward-thinking team.
2) I believe all students have the right to an education
regardless of background, ability or demographic.
I would like to learn more about the primary school
systems, so I can support and create change where needed
to better education for students, in both primary and
What I have to offer…
1) I have 14 year in the secondary system so I
know the environment that most students will be entering
when leaving Halcombe school.
2) I love to ask
questions and understand not only the logistical reasons
behind decisions but also the deeper meaning behind it.
3) I feel like I can add to the school especially in the
‘Arts’ area – Music/Drama/Dance etc
Hi, I’m Rachel Lane. My husband Jeff and I live
in Halcombe with our 2 children, Taylor (yr3) and Hunter
(yr1), who attend Halcombe School.
For the past 5.5
years I have been the chairperson of the Halcombe
Community Development Group. I have recently stepped
down as Chairperson however remain part of the
I am passionate about building a better
world for our children and would love the opportunity to
be actively involved in our children’s school via the
Board of Trustees.
I believe a quality balanced
education is one of the most important things we as
parents can give our children – involving both learning
inside and outside the traditional classroom, with and
without modern technology. Halcombe School does well to
provide this balance. It also has scale to support
quality infrastructure and resources yet is small enough
to retain the uniqueness of a rural school. It is a real
asset to the community and our children. I would like to
do my part in ensuring this continues to the foreseeable
Hello, I am Andrew Managh. I am a current member
of the Board of Trustees, managing the finance portfolio
and I would like to continue the school’s strong
financial wellbeing if re-elected.
Being a life-long
Halcombe resident and ex Halcombe School student, I know
the school and community well – spending 23 years in the
Halcombe Fire Brigade.
I understand the importance
of the school in our community.
I believe the school
is currently in good heart with strong effective
management, governance and great teachers which are
critical in providing comprehensive quality education
for our children. I have enjoyed being on the team
introducing our school zone policy, a positive step in
retaining our special school culture at Halcombe.
The biggest change in education in the last 20yrs will
the introduction of the Government’s policy ‘Tomorrows
School Review’ over the next few years. This could
affect the way our schools are managed and the level of
community governance. New housing development in the
school zone will continue to put pressure on the roll
and school facilities. I would like to remain your
representative on the Board to help guide Halcombe
School through these issues.
When not involved with
the school, I am the Managing Director at Ratanui, our
family farm and business. I am married to Geraldine, and
our son William is in Mrs Higgie’s room for
Hello, my name is Jessica and I am looking
forward to continuing to represent the families of
Halcombe School as a Board of Trustees representative.
I was co-opted to the board in 2015 and held the
role of Chairperson from 2016-2019.
My husband and I are local business people and
have recently merged our Plumbing business in Palmerston
North with our newest business in Feilding
‘Tricklebanks’ where I work during the school hours.
We have had two children finish Halcombe School
after their respective 8 years each (Georgia & Jack, now
at FAHS) and we have Abbie at Halcombe.
enjoyed being a member of the Board. I believe that
students come first, and I feel privileged to be a part
of a school community that provides such a quality
education for our children.
Our school governance is well run and supported
through an amazing team of parents and staff.
I would like the opportunity to continue to
support Halcombe School as a parent, representative, a
community member, and as someone who is passionate about
providing the best education to our children.
My name is Luke Shannon, I am married to Nikki
and currently have two children attending Halcombe
School, Jordan year 6 and Blake year 4. I am employed as
a constable and trainee detective in the New Zealand
I have no previous experience on a board of
trustees, however believe I have the right attributes
with my background, skills and knowledge. I work well in
a team environment, can think strategically, ask
questions and have good communication skills.
importantly I have a strong passion and dedication to
provide the best possible education and learning
environment for the children of Halcombe School and
believe I would be an effective and valuable member of