2019 Common Election results

For 5 parent representatives

info Alphabetical order

Successful representatives
Jonathan Brooks
Vicki Edwards-Brown
Shaun Edwards-Brown
Elizabeth Hovell
Cathie White

We therefore declare the following duly elected:

Mr Jonathan Brooks, Mrs Vicki Edwards-Brown, Mr Shaun Edwards-Brown, Ms Elizabeth Hovell and Mrs Cathie White.

Meet your representatives

Jonathan Brooks
Elected

My name is Jonathan Brooks and I am standing for the Avonside Girls High School Board. I have been on the Board at AGHS since 2016 and also have previous experience in other governance roles. I have a range of skills I have gained from my career and I am also currently completing an MBA with Massey University which is giving me many more skills that will be useful to the school in the future. The school has faced considerable challenges over the last three years due to decisions made by the Ministry of Education to move the school to the new site and to co-locate it with Shirley Boys High School. I believe that the current Board and management have handled these challenges very well, considering the limitations of time frames and requirements that the school had to operate under that were not of their choosing. I believe there are still some challenges the school faces moving forward, including being the first in New Zealand to face a co-location on this scale, integrating teaching practices into a new modern teaching facility, managing the relationship between two separate schools on a single site and ensuring fair and equitable access to girls single sex education in the East of Christchurch. I personally still have unresolved concerns with the Ministry around the zoning of the two schools, the access of siblings of one of the co-located schools to the other through the ballot process and the current inequity of single sex education provision between East and West and between boys and girls. I am looking forward to holding he Ministry to account of these issues and any others that come to the attention of the Board. Our daughters now have an exciting new space to continue their learning journey with Avonside. They have access to first class facilities and a wide range of academic, cultural, artistic and sporting opportunities and a management and teaching staff who work tirelessly to provide the best pathways and outcomes to allow each student to achieve her version of excellence. I believe I have skills that allow me to continue to support the school in providing for our girls, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far working with the staff, management and board and I hope to continue to be able to make a positive contribution to the school.

Vicki Edwards-Brown
Elected

Tēnā koutou, my name is Vicki Edwards-Brown and I would feel privileged to continue to be parent representative on the Avonside Girls’ High School Board of Trustees. I am a proud old-girl of the school, and I am thrilled that my daughter (currently Year 10) is the 3rd generation to attend. I also have a 16-year-old son, and my husband of 19 years is Head of Drama at Cashmere High School. I have over 20 years working in governance and management and I have also spent the past year training, and earning certificates via the NZ School Trustees Association Learning Management System, so that I can fully contribute to the Board’s work. I strongly believe in the importance of effective and meaningful community consultation and engagement - the concerns of both students and parents are so important and need to be heard – therefore I also represent the Board at Avonside’s monthly P.T.A. meetings.

During the past 7 years, I have been managing the bully prevention organisation ‘Be The Change NZ’. My husband and I founded this charity because we have a passion for helping improve the well-being of young people – I believe this is particularly important to help ensure that every student achieves their educational potential. If students’ social and emotional needs are not being met, they will struggle to thrive in the classroom. Prior to being elected to the Avonside board, I spent 4 ½ years on the Board of the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective as a Trustee, Secretary and Treasurer, setting visions and goals, adopting and managing policies and overseeing all budgets.

I love making a positive difference in young people’s lives, and would be humbled to continue to help support the staff, whānau and community of Avonside Girls’ High School.

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Shaun Edwards-Brown
Elected

I am a proud father of an Avonside Girl and long time resident here in the east of Christchurch. Having spent the last 18 years working in education I have gained a wide variety of governance, management and pastoral experience and would love to be able to share that understanding as part of the Board of Trustees. Over the last 18 years I have worked as a teacher, Dean, Board Chair and now as a Wellbeing specialist I believe that I could add to the work of the board in order to help guide Avonside through the next stage of their journey. I am also excited at the prospect of joining my wife and ex-student of Avonside, Vicki on the board.

Elizabeth Hovell
Elected

My name is Elizabeth Hovell and I am standing for the Avonside Girls School Board of Trustees. I have resided in Christchurch for 7 years and live with my partner Rowan and I have three daughters. I moved to Christchurch just after the earthquakes to help with rebuilding the beautiful city of Christchurch. I feel so blessed that Avonside fits the bill for our family. Lillian (year 11) is currently at Avonside Girls and Miss 12 will join Avonside next year and my youngest daughter in 2022. Lillian is visual impaired and it has been wonderful to have such a strong, and respectful relationship with the school, along with a willingness from staff to incorporate Lillian into day to day life at Avonside. I have been incredibly impressed with the lengths the school has gone to and would like to thank the staff for their on-going commitment to the girls. I work at the Christchurch City Council as the Community Board Advisor for the Papanui-Innes Community Board. I am responsible for providing advice to the Board and ensuring that the Board has the information it needs to assist it in making decisions. I wish to be involved and dedicate my time to the important role of being a parent representative on the Board of Trustees. I see this role as a way to be more involved with the school. I am passionate about governance and I am excited to see the growth and change the new site brings. I possess a broad range of skills, in particular I am an analytical and forward thinker, financially aware and enjoy collaborating with others, have excellent communication skills and a strong administration and policy background. I believe my passion, excitement and commitment to ensuring all the students have a safe and productive environment, will assist our girls to flourish into the wonderful women we know they are. I feel privileged to be part of the Avonside Girls community. I would be honoured to be part of the board of trustees during this changing time; to help make things happen, to make a difference, and to ensure that moving forward none of Avonside’s history and character is lost.

Please allow me to represent you on the board.

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Cathie White
Elected

Kia ora koutou, ko Cathie White toku ingoa and I am re-standing for the Board of Trustees at Avonside Girls High school. I have been on the Board for the last three years and over this time I have learnt a lot about our school, community, and the role of the Board in helping to direct learning and support the strategic planning during this period of transition to the new school site. I have developed relationships with staff and students and hope to build on these, providing continuity and focussing on making learning at Avonside the best that it can be. Two of my daughters have completed their education at Avonside and I have another daughter in Year 11 so I would like to remain actively involved with the Board. I am a primary school teacher and am passionate about the future of education. I have a balanced perspective of the demands that educators and learners face and believe that learning is a life-long journey. My desire is to support our school in its role of leading learning and developing strong, capable and confident young women, equipped to thrive in their future.

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