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Board of Trustees Members

Chris Brown
I am the father of Bede Brown who is in Year 10 and I have been on the Board of Trustees for the past year.

I don’t think enough people in Wellington understand what a fantastic school Rongotai College is. I believe I can help build Rongotai’s reputation as a member of the Board. In my day job I run a public relations company called Sputnik. This gives me the experience and professional knowledge to help solve any issues around Rongotai College’s reputation and help with the marketing efforts. In the past year the Board has set the goal of growing the school’s roll by around 100 students and I have been actively working with college staff to produce marketing materials that tell the Rongotai story in a convincing way.

I will look forward to continuing this work. Rongotai is a unique school community that is inclusive, positive and continues to produce fantastic young men. It’s my goal that more Wellington people should know this and regard Rongotai College as a jewel in our city’s crown.

 

Sara Brownlie
I have chosen to send my sons to Rongotai College because I want them to become the best young men they can be. I support what Rongotai wants to achieve and I want to continue to be part of the governance that maintains and builds on the progress that has already been made. Over the last Board of Trustees term I have been the Deputy Chair of the Board and part of the Finance Committee.

I have two sons, Karl in Year 13 and Jake in Year 11. After reviewing a range of different college options we selected Rongotai because of the dedication to excellence and community contribution. In addition, all of the staff demonstrated passion and commitment to the boys learning. I want to contribute to maintaining that essence, as we strive to improve our environment, cultural and sporting experiences and scholastic results.

I have most recently worked as a Chief Financial Officer on the NZ Public Sector and along with my strategic financial skills I also bring knowledge and experience in data analytics, performance monitoring and project / programme management.

Giving something back to our community is an important part of belonging and being a New Zealander. I want to continue to give my time and skills to Rongotai College and I want to encourage that ongoing attitude into our Rongotai boys.

 

Louise Carter
Kia ora te whanau.
Ko Louise Carter tōku ingoa.
Nō Waikato ahau.
Kei Te Whanganui-a-Tara tōku kāinga inaianei.
Ko Jesse tōku tama.
Ko Mahe tōku tama.
Ko Niko tōku tama.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa.

 I have over seven years of experience serving on school Boards. I have been a member of the Titahi Bay Intermediate School Board of Trustees for the last three years, the majority of this time as Chairperson of the Board, a position that I consider to be a great privilege and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Previous to my years on the Titahi Bay Intermediate Board, I served for over 4 years on the Titahi Bay Primary School Board of Trustees. These years of experience on two different Boards, in different levels of the education system, have given me a wealth of knowledge and understanding around the operational procedures of schools, and the role of the Board with the school. I currently teach at Paraparaumu College and this year I am completing my Masters of Teaching and Learning at Victoria University. Being both actively involved within a secondary school and my study gives me solid understanding of the New Zealand education system, including the current opportunities and challenges there within. I have first hand experience of the requirements of both an educator and a Board of Trustees member. I am currently involved in researching cultural connectedness within the classroom, specifically how MoE initiatives in this area translate to classroom practice.

I have lived with my family in Wellington for over 12 years and I just love this community and all it has to offer: Wellington is my Tūrangawaewae and my son could not attend a better college than Rongotai. The culture of the “Rongotai Way” is a powerful and influential factor in raising our sons and every time I walk through the gates of Rongotai or watch a sporting event, the choice of sending my son here is reaffirmed. I love this place and the wonderful village that raises our sons into men. I am a member of the whānau roopu and a proud “RC Mama” now, and for years to come.

Nga mihi nui, Louise Carter.

“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi”
“Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.”
 

 

JEMAL DIXON
Kia Ora Koutou.

I am born and bred from the sunny Hawkes Bay, but have lived in Wellington for over 16 years. I currently reside in Wainuiomata.

I am a married father of 3, my eldest son Reuben started at Rongotai College this year as a Year 9 student.

In my working life I am the Manager for Allied Concrete in Wellington, a role I have held for approximately 12 of the 16 years I have been with the company. My role covers the operation and management of two concrete plants in Wellington and Lower Hutt with the responsibility of approximately 20 staff and a fleet of 17 concrete trucks.

I have no previous board experience but feel that my life and business experiences have given me the skills and desire to be a useful member of the Rongotai Board of Trustees.

I believe I bring a solid understanding of the diverse cultures that make up Aotearoa and Rongotai College; I also bring solid planning and operational skills, strong communication skills both written and verbal, and a firm understanding of financial planning and budgets.  I also believe that I have the ability to communicate at all levels of business, and can find “outside the box solutions” to most situations when required.

I have a strong desire to be involved at any and every level of my children’s education, hence my desire to be a member of this board. I consider myself to be an excellent choice and look forward to being involved with Rongotai College in any form for the future.

Kia Ora.
 

 

BRUCE SIMPSON
 I have really enjoyed giving something back to Rongotai College by being part of the Board of Trustees.

I have a long association with Rongotai. My father, Ken Simpson was a teacher at the school for 39 years and I was a student from 1978 to 1982. My son, Matt is now at University in Christchurch and an ex-Rongotai lad.

I am married to Beth and we have two children - Matt and Abby who is currently in Year 13 at Wellington East Girls’ College.

I first visited Rongotai as a three year old with my father and have built up a real understanding over the years. I have enjoyed working with my fellow Board members and the Senior Management at the school. Together we have achieved a lot. Academic results are excellent, the school roll is increasing and the financial health of the school is healthy. We have an excellent strategic plan signposting our vision for the future direction of the college.

I am a Chartered Accountant and currently Chief Financial Officer for the Ministry of Social Development. This puts me in a good position to bring excellent financial and organisational skills to the Board.

Above all I am really enthusiastic to see Rongotai to continue going from strength to strength and would love to have the opportunity to be involved again as a Board Member.

 

Kevin Carter (Principal)

Varani Komaisavai (Staff Representative)

Adam Rybinski (Student Representative)

 
 

Wednesday 5 July - Sports traditionals v St Pat's Silverstream

Thursday 6 July - Parents' Association Quiz Evening

Friday 7 July - Last day of Term 2

 

 

Rongotai College boasts a long history of providing excellence in education for students from a wide range of countries.