SWIS Board of Trustees

SWIS Board of Trustees

The most recent elections were held in 2019 and the current South Wellington Intermediate School Board members are:

  • Arlene Smyth  (Chairperson)

Kia ora, My name is Arlene Smyth, of Ngapuhi descent, and I am a local general practitioner in Island Bay.  I have been on the Board at South Wellington Intermediate for four years and, although I no longer have children at this kura, I am passionate about the tamariki of this community.  I believe that education in all its forms gives our children a good platform for success in life. My own three children have had rich experiences, learning opportunities, and positive memories from their time at SWIS thanks mostly to the wonderful staff but also because of our diverse community.  I am on the Board to ensure that these opportunities continue. 

  • James Wallace

James has been on the Board since being elected in June 2019. As an architect, he is really keen to assist in the realisation of the proposed property developments. He is committed to helping improving the built environment for our students, staff and community, a place we enjoy being in and are proud to call our own. Having joined the Board, James has also invested a lot of time in gaining a deeper understanding of how our school operates and looks forward to contributing this new-found knowledge into the upcoming strategic planning process that will involve the whole school community. He has three daughters in Y8, Y6 and Y2 and his family will be part of SWIS for the next 8 years.

  • Nathan Crocker

My eldest daughter started at SWIS this year (2020) and will be followed by her sister in 2022. I have prior experience as a BOT member, as the teacher representative at an intermediate school.

I have been a teacher for 20 years, in both primary and intermediate schools, including several years teaching and leading at school for children with special education needs. I currently teach at Island Bay School, where I am a team leader and also a leader of ICT. I am a regular presenter at education focussed conferences. 

I am passionate about the education of our tamariki and, as a teacher (and parent), believe students are at the centre of everything we do. Through the New Zealand Curriculum, schools should be providing opportunities for students to make decisions about their wellbeing and to be active in leading their learning.

As a school leader, I have an understanding of how schools operate and the importance of transparency, well-being and being future focused. I would like to share my knowledge and contribute to the future direction of SWIS to ensure students are in the best environment possible. To me, this means that they are excited about their learning, and have the skills for their future. 

  • Laurel Barr

Kia ora koutou katoa! I’m Laurel L. Barr and I, together with my whanau have lived in Owhiro Bay for 19 years. We love our little bit of country in the city. I am the mother of Kahurangi, who has recently left SWIS for Wellington High, and Te Po Atarau who has just started at SWIS. It has been a pleasure to serve on the very hard working SWIS board so far after serving on the board at Owhiro Bay and active involvement with Owhiro Bay Kindergarten and One Learning Community committees. I have a particular interest in making connections and strong transitions for our tamariki between schooling levels.

My degrees and background are in the visual arts, and teaching and education theory which has had me in the classroom in a wide range of settings from early childhood through to tertiary. I have a passion for improving learning experiences and outcomes, inclusiveness, and creativity for all learners. We chose SWIS for its range of nature of character in the students and staff, diverse ethnicities represented, and available interests and options for students. I value working together – students, whanau, teachers, supporters – to create goals and to address issues. We all have something to contribute to the kete to help our tamariki grow and learn.

  • Marnie WooddMarnie Woodd

Kia ora, I’m Lawrence Mathiasen’s mum. I was co-opted to the Board after offering to help it to increase communication to the school community. Our older girls Isabel and Nina also attended SWIS.

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

If you wish to contact the Board of Trustees you can do so by emailing us. Board email addresses are first name. last name@swis.school.nz. e.g. arlene.smyth@swis.school.nz