Three seats to contest on school board 

Three parent representatives will be elected at Te Awamutu College’s board of governors’ poll.

“The more we can get it out there and have people interested in it the better,” says Te Awamutu College’s Board of Trustees chair Craig Yarndley.

The country is going to the polls this year – for both local government and school board elections.

At Te Awamutu College nominations to fill parent representative seats close next Wednesday –  August 3. College voting papers will be sent to parents early next month and voting will close on September 7.

Yarndley, an old boy of St Paul’s Collegiate, said the quality of a school is often reflected in the quality of its boards, past and present.

“For a state school, Te Awamutu College is in great condition. A lot of that comes down to senior management and the decisions made by boards of the past,” he said.

“The board is all about governance, we just make sure that the overall governance of the school keeps on track.”

Because the college’s board opted to have mid-term elections, only three parent representatives will be voted on this term. Yarndley, who has two children at the college, says he is standing again. The other two parent representatives are Nick Hewlett and David Peehikuru.

Yarndley joined the college’s board in 2016 and has since seen three of his children complete their high school education at the school.

“We have been really blessed with the board we have had during the last couple of terms I’ve been on. We get on well, we work together, we all have the same ideals,” he said.

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