Our School Board

Our School Board 

Acting Principal

Melanie Robinson

Acting Principal

Katrina Bush

Presiding Member

Rebecca Reti

Parent Representative

Jennifer Williams

Parent Representative

Michelle Gissing

Parent Representative

Lleuarne Panoho

Parent Representative

Shannon Leilua

Elected Staff Representative

Hone Matthews

Board Secretary

Kali Creek


2023 Dates and Meetings



Meeting Minutes

Term One

15 February

15 March

Link to Agenda and Meeting Minutes

Link to Agenda and Meeting Minutes

Term Two

26 April

17 May

21 June


Term Three

19 July

23 August

20 Sept


Term Four

18 Oct

15 Nov

13 Dec


Board meetings are held in the school staffroom from 5:30 – 7:30pm on the dates indicated above.

The Board of Trustees meets monthly, and meetings are open to the public.



The Birkdale Intermediate School Board is governed by 5 elected parent or community Board members, an elected staff representative and the school’s Acting Principals. The current Board members bring a variety of skills and expertise to guide the success of the school.


School boards play a central role in the educational achievement of children and young people and there operate with four primary objectives, which help the Board to focus on what matters most for learners and their whānau:

1.         A board’s primary objectives in governing a school are to ensure that:

· (a) every student at the school is able to attain their highest possible standard in educational achievement; and
 (b) the school–

 (i) is a physically and emotionally safe place for all students and staff; and
(ii) gives effect to relevant student rights set out in this Act, the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, and the Human Rights Act 1993; and
(iii) takes all reasonable steps to eliminate racism, stigma, bullying, and any other forms of discrimination within the school; and

(c) the school is inclusive of, and caters for, students with differing needs; and
(d) the school gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including by–

 (i) working to ensure that its plans, policies, and local curriculum reflect local tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori, and te ao Māori; and
(ii) taking all reasonable steps to make instruction available in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori; and
(iii) achieving equitable outcomes for Māori students.

If you have any issues or concerns, as a parent or community member, your first point of call should be your child’s teacher, and if you are not happy with the outcome escalate this to the school’s management team. If for any reason this is not resolved, the Board can be contacted at rreti@bis.school.nz