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With only a few weeks left before
nominations close for positions on
school boards of trustees, those
already in the role are encouraging
others to come forward.
The 2010 School Trustee Elections
involve the election of a board of
trustees for 2460 state and state-
integrated schools. The theme
of the 2010 campaign is "Strong
leaders make strong schools" and
Janice McKerchar, who chairs
the Winton Primary School Board
of Trustees, said it was all about
giving children the best possible
start in life through education.
"I love to see a school which
its community is proud of and
children who respect and enjoy
learning and growing," she said.
In addition to her role on the
Winton board, Mrs McKerchar is
also a member of the board at
Southland Boys' High School.
The academic, sporting and
cultural success of students is due
to the high standard of governance
provided by boards of trustees
and it was for that reason that she
encouraged others to think about
putting themselves forward for
nomination in the 2010 School
In her own experience, Mrs
McKerchar has seen strong
parental and community support
and classrooms of students who
love being at school.
"Thanks to our board's
expectations and the community's
involvement in taking ownership
of the school and wanting to strive
for excellence, my time on the
board has been challenging and
A good board had its finger on
the pulse when it came to self
review systems, student voices,
performance management and
parent involvement, she said.
"Board members are always
learning as education changes
each year and by actively
participating and being proactive
the school's pupils are learning in
a safe environment. It's a chance
to give, share, learn, respect and
participate in your children's
school. Use the skills you have to
help others grow."
More than 15,000 people are
needed to form boards around the
National Election Project Manager
Elaine Hines said the elections
were a significant event for
schools as boards of trustees were
responsible and accountable for
their school's performance.
"This performance includes setting
achievement goals, monitoring
progress and ensuring changes
occur where necessary," she said.
"Being a school trustee is a hugely
rewarding experience. The ability
and willingness of candidates
to contribute positively to their
local school shows the value that
we as New Zealanders place on
Nominations close at noon on
April 23; voting closes on May 7.
Why you should be a school trustee
Legendary Kiwi country-rock
band The Warratahs will bring
their special sound to the Fiver
Rivers Café and Bar in Northern
Southland on Easter Sunday from
Spokeswoman Heather Paterson
said it would be a special
afternoon of entertainment and
she urged people to come along.
"We want to get as many locals as
possible at Five Rivers on Sunday
because if we get good support,
we can bring other acts to the
The Warratahs were now a full-
time touring band reaching almost
every part of New Zealand with
their distinctive sound, she said.
"Maureen" and "Hand of my
Heart" were still the most
requested songs on their
repertoire, although much of their
music was broadly popular.
"They appeal to a large age-group
-- you'll have teenagers really
enjoying their music, but then
you'll have elderly people that tap
their toes and enjoy it as well."
Tickets were selling fast for
Sunday's event and could be
purchased directly from Five
Rivers Café for $30, she said.
The Warratahs play Invercargill's
Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill, on April
1, the Gore Hunt Club Ball on April
3, Fiver Rivers Café on April 4 and
Northburn Station on April 5.
Warratahs stake out southern gigs
Legendary Kiwi band The Warratahs -- Barry Saunders (vocals and guitar), Nik Brown (fiddle and mandolin), Sid
Limbert (bass), Alan Norman (keyboards and accordian), Mo' Newport (drums) -- who will perform at the Five
Rivers Cafe on Easter Sunday.
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