School Board Minutes

School Board Members

The most recent elections were held in 2022 and the current South Wellington Intermediate School Board members are:

Emma Rutherford  (Chairperson)

Kia ora kouto e te whanau Te Kura ō Paekawakawa. My name is Emma Rutherford and I’ve lived in Newtown for 17 years.  This year my second child is attending SWIS.  I’m really passionate about education.  I’ve worked for the last seven years for NZEI Te Riu Roa giving industrial advice to members as well as co-leading a cultural and digital transformation project. I also work as a contractor in learning design – creating online learning modules.  I really value the role of schools in the community and have especially appreciated this during the pandemic.  It is important to me that school is a safe place where all children can participate in learning.  I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the BOT over the next couple of years.

Devon Heaphy

Kia ora koutou, my name is Devon Heaphy. I am passionate about the educational experiences on offer to the children of our community, which I believe sets them well on their way to success in the future.

I am married to Mel, and we have three children going through SWIS over time – one is already at secondary school, Xavier is currently in year 7 at SWIS, and one is year 4 and will come later.

I have school board experience, including as chair and on finance committees. I think a board plays an important governance role in setting the overall direction, policies and tone of the school and it should be as representative as possible of the whanau and staff communities that it serves.

For students, SWIS is a unique two years of their lives at a pivotal stage in their development. I’m interested in student wellbeing and well-rounded opportunities, as well as academic achievement.  The upcoming building possibilities are also a great opportunity for the school.

On a personal level, I am family-oriented, enjoy being part of the Island Bay community, dabble in lighting design for plays and musicals, actively play football, and have a strong interest in lots of sports.

Catherine Buyck

Mel Millington

  • Toby Stokes (Principal)
  • Chris Hickey (Staff representative)

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