Kia Ora My name is Amber George. I have been teaching for over 20 years , 18 years of these have been spent at Tamaki College, where I am Associate Principal and HOD Languages. I have been involved with Ruapotaka since 2011 when my daughter started school as a Year 0, that was followed with my son in 2012 starting school and my eldest moko who joined Ruapotaka in 2018 as a Year 5. Both my children are now current students at Tamaki College.
I am a long standing Board member since 2012 and enjoy serving the Ruapotaka Community. The changes that are happening in our community and the growth to Ruapotaka School is looking to be very positive. I want to support the development and growth of effective and inclusive learning here at Ruapotaka School. I bring to my role as Chairperson expertise in curriculum & assessment, professional development & pedagogy along with behaviour management strategies. I intend to continually to support the principal and staff to enable them to succeed in giving our tamariki the very best education possible and provide the opportunities all of our children deserve. Ngaa Mihi
My name is Trudie Cook and I have had 4 children Natasha, James, Donnea and Sheralee who have all attended Ruapotaka School. I have been a Board member since 2007 and at present hold the position of Deputy Chair.
I have lived in the area for the past 35 years and have been activity involved with the school since my eldest started in 1996. I believe in Ruapotaka’s values and embrace our many cultures and believe that every child that attends Ruapotaka will reach their potential through the leadership of our Principal and teachers.
Fakaalofa lahi atu, my name is Allison Hamilton and I am the Principal of Ruapotaka School. I have been here since January 2019. I grew up on Anderson Avenue with my parents and 5 other siblings. We all went to Ruapotaka School, Tamaki Intermediate and Tamaki College. Both my parents were long standing members of the Tamaki Presbyterian Church on the corner of Pilkington and Erima Ave and my mother worked in several businesses around Glen Innes and Panmure as a seamstress. My father worked for the Auckland Electric Power Board for over 40 years until his retirement. It is a huge honour and privilege to return and serve the community I grew up in. I look forward to meeting you and my office door is always open.
New to the Board. Profile coming soon.
Kia Ora, my name is Janene Boyd, I was born in Perth, Australia to NZ Parents and moved back to NZ when I was 4. I have been married to my partner Glenn Boyd for nearly 25 years. We have been blessed with 3 adult children, Aliana, Neeve and Zahn and have a cool pet dog Hank who is 10.
I am and have been a teacher since 2009. I did my Teaching degree in Australia (4 years), as we moved to Brisbane for my husband’s job. I trained to be a teacher when my youngest was 3 years old. I taught in Australia for one year, before we moved back to NZ after living there for 7 years. In Australia I taught year 5, but in the 3 schools I have taught at in Auckland I have taught year 0-1.
I started my journey at Ruapotaka School this year. I commenced teaching in the year 0-1 class during term 1. Since joining the school I have taken on the leadership of the enviro team, during this time we have built a compost bin, vegetable garden and planted 60 natives.
I am really enjoying my job, and look forward to working with your children and the community in growing the school. If you need any assistance, I am available, just contact the school.
Ngā mihi Janene Boyd
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