Board of Trustees

  • Chairperson: Nikki Tod
  • Deputy Chairperson: Jo Malcolm
  • Principal: Rob Callaghan
  • Staff Representative: Bernadette May
  • Parent Representatives: Jo Malcolm, Mel Opie, Nikki Tod, Mike Greenslade, Becky Ellis
  • Co-opted Member: To be advised (Whānau Group)
  • Secretary: Michele Stephens

What We Do

St Martins School Board of Trustees operates in accordance with the Education Act (1989). It is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The Board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction in conjunction with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance, and administration.

More information about the role of the Board of Trustees is available from the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

Working Towards Our Goals

  • Rebuilding our school
    Eighty percent of our school will be rebuilt. The build process is scheduled to start at the end of this year, so there is significant work to do behind the scenes.
  • Planning for the future
    Our strategic plan guides everything that happens at school. Using the feedback you provided through the home learning activity and Have You Say sessions last year, we have set new goals and developed our plan for the next five years.
  • High quality teaching & learning
    This is what it is all about! We want to provide the best teachers and the most well equipped classrooms to ensure St Martins children have the best learning experience. We employ specialists to work with teachers and students. We are always looking for ways to improve.
  • Specialist programmes
    The BoT support the extra programmes that are running through the school, like Garden to Table for the Year 3/4 syndicate; maths and literacy programmes for children across the school who are working below National Standards; GATE programmes for those working above National Standards; and the unique programme offered in our Year 7/8 syndicate.
  • National priorities
    Ongoing focus on national priorities including student achievement, assessment and monitoring systems, along with cultural responsiveness and equality for all learners.
  • Building a smart community
    The BoT support the Smart Community who are doing wonderful things to build the sense of community at our school, as well as raise money and undertake jobs around the school and community.
  • Extra support
    Taking care of our children’s wellbeing is an ongoing focus since the earthquakes. We have established effective support services within the school and through a network of specialist organisations.
  • Keeping you informed
    We know communication is key! Sharing the right amount of information at the right time is a challenge! Building our new website is part of our strategy to improve the way we communicate with our school community. We continually look for ways to improve and streamline the way we keep you informed.
  • Building identity
    Our school logo and uniform have helped forge our identity. We have taken that a step further and had our own kowhaiwhai designed that tells the story of our school. It is used on the Māori signage around our school to help us learn and integrate te reo into our everyday language.

Board Meetings

The Board meets monthly on a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm. Meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend. If you wish to raise an issue at a BoT meeting, please first discuss this with a member of the BoT, preferably the Principal or the Chair, so it can be added to the agenda before the meeting. The meeting dates are in our online Calendar. You can read the minutes from previous meetings here.

Parent Representatives

  • Jo Malcolm – I have three boys – one at St Martins (Year 7) and two at Cashmere High. My background is in journalism, PR and Communications and I am currently teaching at the University of Canterbury. I have found being on the Board of Trustees a rewarding and interesting experience and I feel like I am helping to make our school a fantastic place for our children to thrive and grow.
  • Mel Opie – I have two girls, one at St Martins School, Grace in Year 6 and Rosa is in Year 9 at Cashmere High. I work part time as Marketing Coordinator for a mechanical engineering company. I am passionate about our children’s education and our community. Being a trustee on the Board is a responsibility I don’t take lightly—I enjoy the challenge and value having the opportunity to make a difference.
  • Nikki Tod – I have two children, Lucia is Year 8 at St Martins and Paris in her second year at Cashmere High. I am employed as a Teacher Educator at the College of Education, University of Canterbury. I am passionate about effective teaching. I am a strong advocate for community engagement and hope to continue on the Board, with the goal of making St Martins a positive, thriving and vibrant school.
  • Mike Greenslade -I have two boys, Pete in Year 7 and Lenny in Year 5.  I am a director at a Christchurch chartered accounting firm.  I have a long standing association with St Martins School having spent seven years there as a pupil many years ago.  I am proud to be a parent representative on the Board, and to help ensure we are providing the best opportunities for all of our children to excel.
  • Becky Ellis -My family has just started our journey at St Martins School with my son William currently in Year 2.  I am a consulting engineer with a background in chemical engineering completing both my B.E. and Ph.D. at Canterbury University.  I have experience at board level having been on the board of various professional engineering bodies over the years.  I am excited about contributing to St Martins School and working with parents and staff.

Co-opted Member

A Board may choose to co-opt a member for a specific project or because they have specific skills. Since April 2013, the Board has co-opted a member of our Whānau Group to help us better understand and meet the needs of our Māori community. The current Whānau Group representative is Will Kereru