Kia ora e te whānau!
Some of you may have seen me around the school with my big heavy camera, or read my little articles in Clayton Park School’s newsletter.I stepped forward in 2016 during the last elections and, before I knew it, became Board chair. An amazing journey with a steep learning curve that made me truly feel I am now part of the whānau.
My son Clovis is enrolled in the Māori Bilingual Unit. Te Reo Māori is his third language after French and English and he is loving it. I too love the way this unit and the entire school are truly inclusive, with motivated teachers and supportive leadership. I hope this upbringing in three different cultures will make my son understand that we may all have different backgrounds, points of views, hopes and dreams, we all have our place in society and can all greatly contribute to it.
Outside of school, my partner William and I opened the first escape room in Manukau and I have a small photographic studio. This means I now work on my own schedule, which has been useful lately with the time-consuming role of Board chair. Sports, cooking and photography keep me busy me when I’m not working.
None of this was a given as I arrived in beautiful Aotearoa 12 years ago. Being a native French speaker, my command of English was limited and I had no experience of the New Zealand school system. Back home, in France, I had been a private tutor and a biology teacher in an agricultural high school. A lot of my students came from disadvantaged backgrounds, had special needs and/or presented challenging behaviours. Most had poor reading skills. Had these children received better support in primary school, I am certain most of them would have had better outcomes. This is why I am so enthusiastic about being on the Board of trustees.
With a complete rebuilt of the school, a brilliant hands-on Principal who believes in true collaborative work and a team of dedicated teachers and support staff, Clayton Park School is, more than ever before, a great school for our children. And I am so glad to be part of this wonderful team.
Ngā mihi nui,
Bula and Namaste!
My name is Aradhna Achari and I am looking forward to continuing to represent the families and whanau of Clayton Park School as a Board of Trustees representative. A little about myself, I teacher part-time at Kumon Education in Manurewa Town. I Love this job as it includes teaching Maths and English to non-english speakers as well as children of all ages. I have a daughter in Year 6 at Clayton Park School and she loves our school.
I enjoy being a member of the Board. I believe that the students come first and I feel privileged to be part of a community that provides such quality education for our tamariki.
Kia ora Ko Caroline Antonovich toku ingoa,
I joined the Board Of Trustees last year as I was actually nominated by fellow mothers of Clayton Park School. I have two children, Justin and Jasmin Smith that are in the Maori Bilingual Unit.This has a lot to do with why I gladly joined the Board.
Being involved in the Board Of Trustees has given me alot of insight into how a school is run and taken care of and this is an exciting time for me. I have a lot to learn and I am still in the teething stages. I’ve lived in Manurewa for 48 years. I attended Manurewa South School, Manurewa Intermediate, and James Cook High School. My family comes from a very musical background. Out of my nine siblings, I am the only one that cannot play an instrument. My tool however is my vocals, and I am a lead and backup singer. I’ve worked and am still working 21 years later, for the NIDC which is The Warehouse Limited.
I joined the board as a staff representative back in 2017, more recently I have been re-elected as a parent rep as I have stepped back from my work in the classroom at Clayton Park School.
I have 4 children, run my own music studio and also play as part of a successful covers band. So in my free time it is all about the kids and spending as much time as we can together, creating music, fishing, cooking and just making memories in general.
I have spent the previous 10 years teaching the tamaiti of Clayton Park School and love being a part of such an aiga. We have competed successfully in many BandQuest events, choirs and written/produced our very own CPS productions and CD’s, these achievements are something I will always be very proud of the tamaiti of Clayton Park School for.
My interests within the board include Pasifika learners and our inclusive approach to all children. I am very proud of all that has been achieved here at Clayton Park School in the last few years and am happy to be supporting our principal as a team for the next steps.
I am around school now and again as I support my son through his learning journey as a part of the Samoan Enrichment Unit so please feel free to come up and have a chat.
Faafetai tele lava,
Kia ora everyone,
I am the Principal and therefore automatically a trustee on our Board. I have been in education for over 25 years and still learning!
I enjoy working at Clayton Park School because there are so many rewards – making decisions that help children learn better and faster, meeting parents who share their stories of their achievements and working with teachers who give it 100%.
I appreciate the value that a Board adds to decisions on behalf of the school community and look forward to more learning.
Ngā mihi nui
Kia ora koutou!
Many of you may have seen me around Clayton Park School as my son, Darren, is in Studio 2. Apart from being a member of the school’s Board of Trustees since December 2019 I volunteer my spare time at the library so Clayton Park feels almost like ‘second home’ to me. I’m delighted to be able to play an active role in the thriving and constantly evolving environment of our school.
Having come from a very disadvantaged background (I was born and grew up in communist Poland) from a very young age I recognized the power knowledge and hard work can play in one’s life. Having always been a keen student with a passion for languages I was soon able to escape the bleak reality of Homeland and move overseas at the age of 19. Always hard-working and striving to learn new things I experienced many job roles in various environments. I finally decided to pursue a degree in Psychology, Criminology and Social Sciences which I proudly obtained in 2012, just before my move to New Zealand.
I am currently a proud full-time mum to 6 year-old Darren and 3 year-old Marisa. Hands-on parenting is the most important and the most rewarding ‘job’ of my life so far. I thoroughly enjoy all the trials and tribulations that come with it. I am also a passionate cook, gardener and an avid reader of crime fiction. Last but not least, I am very keen to instil the values of learning and passion for travel in my children. ‘To be’ and not ‘to have’ has always been my motto and I cannot underestimate the importance of what you know and the memories you carry. These are the two things nobody can take away from you.
By the same token, I am delighted to be part of the thriving multicultural and inclusive community of Clayton Park School. Boasting state-of-the art- facilities, a proud and passionate team of people led by a devoted and effective Principal with a clear vision this is a great place for our children to embark on their journey of empowerment through knowledge. The kind-hearted approach towards students as well as the many fun events happening throughout the year ensure all students will have fond memories of this place that will last a lifetime. Proudly I call this place my son’s school.