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Arthur Street School
26 Arthur Street
Dunedin 9016
03 477 6524 office
03 477 6987 fax

Office manager: Michelle Vial


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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees comprises of up to six elected parent representatives, an elected staff representative, and the Principal. The Trustees have the responsibility of Governing the School, ensuring it is run effectively and efficiently and complies with the relevant legislation and guidelines. The Trustees meet twice a term. Dates are included in newsletters and also below.

Our current Board of Trustees members;

Standing Left to Right, Amandah Hola, Kim Blackwood (Principal), Darryl Sycamore, & Martin Seier

Sitting, Left to Right, , Janine Cotton (Teacher Rep), Vicki McKnight (Chairperson) & Tricia Rowe.

Vicki Macknight

Kia Ora. I am a parent representative and chairperson of our Board of Trustees. I have two children at Arthur Street school, and one who has a few more years to go before he starts. I love Arthur Street for its culture of getting along with each other, for its dedicated and cheerful teachers, and for its emphasis on life skills – responsibility, resourcefulness, and respect. I am committed to making sure that all our children can feel safe and happy there. 

 I balance time with the wee one with paid work as a researcher in the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago. My interest in schools goes further back, with a Masters in education history and a PhD about imagination at schools. For several years I was the treasurer for Mornington Playcentre. 

Darryl Sycamore

Gidday. My name is Darryl Sycamore, and I am fortunate enough to be on the Board of Trustees at Arthur Street School. I have previously served as the Board chairman for a number of years.  I am employed by Terramark Limited, a local surveying and resource management company, as their Planning Manager. My partner Karen and I have two boys who enjoy the opportunities and culture that Arthur Street School offers.

Arthur Street School has innovative and committed educators who are focused on raising student achievement by providing a respectful and nurturing environment to all our students. 

I strongly believe that teachers, management, board and parents all have the best interests of their children at heart.  There also needs to be respect for differing points of view and a commitment to continually improve practice to ensure the best possible outcomes. I am always available to discuss the direction of our school, hearing any thoughts, or concerns that you may have.  

Janine Cotton

I am the Staff Representative on our Arthur Street School Board of Trustees. My role on the board is to keep the staff informed of Board matters and to liaise between the Board and the Staff.

My career in Education began in 1992. I am trained and have separate qualifications in both Early Childhood Education and Primary Education. I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language. I have worked in the Primary Sector since 1998. I have been teaching at Arthur Street School since February 2014. I have the role of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Teacher. Our school is a wonderful, culturally diverse place to be. I am privileged to have a special role of teaching English to our students for whom English is an additional language. I am also the Reading Recovery Teacher for our school.

This is my second term on the Arthur Street School Board of Trustees. I’m enjoying the experience and have been enlightened by the discussion and consideration that goes into making decisions to best serve our tamariki. I am excited to be serving alongside our progressive Principal and dedicated parent representatives.

At home, my 3 sons (in their mid to late teens) are becoming more and more independent, allowing me more time to read and take long walks with our dog.

Tricia Rowe

Kia ora koutou, Ko Tricia Rowe ahau

I am mum to Mahe who is currently in Room 2 and his three teen siblings.  I was the editor of the school newspaper Extra! but have recently returned to teaching at North East Valley Normal School.

I am interested in creating innovative, creative and positive learning spaces for all tamariki.  I am also interested in te reo me tikanga Maori.

As an elected board member of Arthur Street School, I aim to listen, learn and engage with our school community to create a fantastic teaching and learning environment. I care that parent’s views are represented and considered and support the school in every way, to be the best that it can be.  

Amandah Hola

Kia Ora, Talofa, Malo lelei my name is Amandah Hola, and it is a privilege to serve, learn and work alongside the staff, families and children at Arthur Street School as a Parent Representative for the Board of Trustees.

I am happily married and blessed with five awesome kids. Two of which attend the mighty Arthur Street School! 🙂 

My experience with working in schools are primarily through youth mentoring (Creative Arts/ At risk youth), working as a teacher aide (Secondary School/ Alternative Education) and sports related coaching in Auckland and Wellington. 

Outside of school I currently work part time for Red Badge security, volunteer netball coach for Otago Girls High School, involved with a cool educational initiative for Pacific families called ‘Talanoa Ako’ (formerly known as Power up). I am returning to study towards a Bachelor of Arts in Education in July.

Our experience at Arthur Street has been positive, warm and welcoming. Arthur Street School has dedicated quality leadership, educators and support staff that demonstrate genuine care and practical support for its students and families to thrive. 

Thank you for the opportunity to represent the Arthur Street school community for this season. Fa’afetai Lava. 

2020 Meeting Dates