Meet the Board of Trustees

Find out about the individuals that make up the wonderful Point Chevalier School Board of Trustees.

Louise Gardiner - Chairperson

Louise Gardiner is the chair of the Pt Chevalier Board of Trustees and has been a member of the Board since June 2017.

She has two children at school – Jacob who has finished his time at Pt Chevalier school and Neve who is in Year 4.

Louise has 20 years’ experience in public sector roles in governance, strategy, policy, external relations, stakeholder management, ICT and business improvement.  She is currently the General Manager Information Services for the council controlled organisation, Regional Facilities Auckland, which includes the art gallery, zoo, stadiums, conventions, performing arts and commercial entertainment.  She has also led business support functions including business planning and reporting, finance, property, risk, health and safety, project management, and procurement .  Previous positions have included a strong education focus including managing the NZ Parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee (including the committee’s inquiries into decile funding, the teaching of reading, and resourcing of tertiary institutions in the early 2000s); advisor to the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee visit to NZ in 2002 to study education provision;  programme administrator (RTLB programme) at the School of Education (University of Auckland); and principal policy assistant to the Chief Executive and Chief Education Officer of Southwark Council (London).

Previous volunteering includes refugee resettlement and advocacy, youth mentoring with Project K, and girl guides.  

Louise is a strong and passionate advocate for the broad curriculum that our children enjoy; an inclusive, safe and stimulating learning and social environment; a commitment to Tikanga and Te Reo; and resources that mitigate the constraints of our small outdoor spaces and large roll. 

Joining the board continued the legacy of her Dad who was deeply committed to serving her school communities as PTA chair, college Board of Governors chair and leading the first college Board of Trustees after the introduction of Tomorrows Schools.  

Stephen Lethbridge - Principal

I am honoured to be leading Point Chevalier School in the next phase of our learning journey. I joined Point Chevaier School in 2016.  Prior to this I was Principal of Taupaki School for 10 and a half years. I am looking forward to learning alongside all the students, teachers and whānau.

I am married to Kenda and we have three children - twin boys Benjamin and Ronan (Yr 13), and a daughter Breanna (Yr 10). We live in Huapai and the morning and afternoon traffic on the North Western Motorway is very soothing!

My passion is in emerging technologies and future focused education. I have presented at a number of national and international conferences on a variety of themes relating to technology and education. In 2015 I gave a TEDx talk about creating a workforce that can answer ungoogleable questions. I have been the President of the Waitakere Area Principals' Association and have been on a number of reference groups and advisory panels. I am currently the President of the Inner City Principals' Cluster

I have the best job in the world, working with children is energising. I believe in failing fast and failing forward. We must prepare our children for living in a world where exponential change is the norm.

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see" - Neil Postman 1988

Juliet Pendleton

Kia ora. I have worked in three schools prior to Point Chevalier and joined the staff at Point Chevalier in 2009, working as part of the Year Five and Six team, where I was the Team Leader until the end of 2019.  I am currently on of the Associate Principals.  In addition to my time in NZ, I spent four years teaching in London.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, it highlighted to me how lucky we are when it comes to education in NZ.  Not only do we have a curriculum that allows us to work in ways that best suit our children, we have children that are treated with respect and parents and communities that are supportive and interested in education - all resulting in children that are self-regulated learners.  Point Chevalier School exemplifies all the aspects of education that I appreciate and value.  It is great to teach in a school where the children have ownership of their learning and there is such an emphasis on everything we do being meaningful to our learners.

It was studying the ‘bigger picture’ aspects of education, during my post-grad studies, that got me thinking that I wanted to look at the ‘bigger picture’ for our school.   I feel privileged to be undertaking my third term as the Staff Trustee.   I enjoy my role on the Board,  both representing the point of view of educators and staff, as well as acting as a trustee. 

Simon Walker

I am a secondary school teacher, and am now in my eighteenth year having taught at a number of schools with varying cultures. I am currently Deputy Principal at Diocesan School for Girls, and bring to the board an understanding of 
Kia ora. As a resident of Point Chevalier and with 4 young children (3 of whom are at the school now) I am thoroughly committed to helping the school as it grows their love of learning and sense of community. The board of trustees has the great responsibility to represent the families of Point Chevalier through sound governance; working closely with the staff as they manage a vibrant, inclusive and ever-evolving teaching and learning programme. The educational landscape is continually changing and there will no doubt be challenges as we move forward, and I am honoured to work towards those challenges on behalf of the families and students of our structures in schools and teaching methodologies. I recognise that relationships are the foundation for learning; and with positive classroom experiences and teachers committed to excellence then much can be accomplished.

Young minds are shaped by the environment around them and a school shapes children in many of the most important ways. I am of Ngāti Porou and Whakatohea descent, with my own family now settled for two generations in Auckland.                                                       The positive influence of education is writ large in my own history.

Jason Wong

Jason was elected to the BOT in November 2017 has two boys at Pt Chev Primary in years 4 and 6 (as of 2020).  Most of his career has been in the property industry from an Asset and Development management perspective ranging from commercial properties to large scale residential developments.

More recently he has started developing a niche in working in the Iwi property space in partnering with the Crown to deliver housing solutions for our growing and diverse community.  It is this work that he is acutely aware of how a school plays an integral role in developing a community - one that is inclusive for all and inspires our children to prosper.

Being part of the Board has been at times challenging but by the same token extremely rewarding as we build on the work of previous Boards to make Pt Chevalier Primary one of the hearts of the community.

Outside of work Jason is developing a passion for mountain biking and loves nothing better than spending time with Sally and the boys at our caravan on Waihi beach.

Chris Lee

Evelyn Marsters

Evelyn Marsters has over a decade of experience in academic and organisational Pacific research. She is a New Zealand born Cook Islander with ties to Palmerston and Manihiki Atoll. Evelyn has an enduring interest in Foreign Policy, Pacific migration, health and education development and climate change.

Evelyn divides her time between working as a research consultant for international development activities and Co-Directing the foreign policy think tank New Zealand Alternative. 

Evelyn has been active in educational governance in early childhood education, primary schools and international colleges and universities.

The Board of Trustees Vision for Point Chevalier School

As well as our focus on "Progress with Honour – Tupu Whakahonore", we value the role that the school plays as a focal point in our community. We understand its value to the students, parents, and the wider community in terms of its core business of preparing students to participate in the world that lies ahead of them, but we also see its value in terms of creating and fostering a real sense of belonging for all of those who are part of the school.

The mission, vision and values that are clearly outlined within this school charter, are a reflection of this. We have sought the feedback of the students, the teachers, parents and the wider community in the formation of these ideas, and we feel that they represent a true reflection of the needs and desires of our community.

With this in mind, the Board has outlined a long term vision for our school in consultation with all of those groups that represent this community, and they are outlined here.

  • A commitment to the concept of Education for Sustainability. 
    We believe that in order to teach our students to think and act in a way that will protect our environment for future generations, we must take a whole school approach. This means that not only must we consider the way in which we teach our young people about their own interactions with the environment, but we must consider the impact of the school’s practices and also create an environment that in and of itself can act as a model of sustainability for our students and the wider community.
  • The protection of our school's outdoor space.
    Our geographic location means that we are facing ever increasing pressure in terms of student numbers, on a fixed physical resource. As a school that values the environment, the ability for children to run and play in open, clean air spaces and recognises the ever decreasing Green Space available in our fast growing city, the Board will protect the Green Space now in existence and preserve it as a valuable asset to our school and the community.
  • The development of our school's use of ICT technology to enhance learning.
    It is our belief that we must prepare our students to actively participate in the world in which they live. It is clear that a key skill in this new world will be their ability to participate as effective digital citizens. An important part of learning these skills is being given the chance to experience the opportunities, and the challenges presented by technology in a safe, secure and nurturing environment, where clear, effective guidance can be sought as students and teachers learn.
  • A long term commitment to the performing arts.
    Our community – students, parents and teachers – see the value in performing arts as a vehicle for developing confident, articulate citizens. We seek to provide all students with opportunities for creativity, to demonstrate and grow their achievement beyond literacy and numeracy.