Board of Trustees
Ka titiro whakarunga ahau ki Pirongia, ka tau ai toku wairua
Ka titiro ahau ki tua atu ki te tai a Rehua i hari tooku tupuna i runga i te wakarere ki uta
Ka huri ki te puaha o Waikato, aa, ka whai i ngaa piko e tuhono ana ki tooku whanau
Ko Ngaati Paakehaa te iwi
Ko Waikato te whenua i manaaki i toku whaanau
Ko Greg Hobson ahau
Kia ora, I’m Greg Hobson and I have one beautiful child left at te kura o Roto Ngahere, who is in Kahikatea 1. Prior to this I had two children go through Forest Lake School. Myself and my whaanau link to the kura far deeper than this however, as I attended Forest Lake in the late 80’s and early 90’s with my father helping build the current school hall during this time. After I left the kura I have returned regularly to coach sports teams, in particular, football and futsal teams.
I have been on the Board now for 2 terms and have really enjoyed being able to give back to a school that has given me so much during the early part of my life. I am passionate about providing our tamariki with the best possible experience during the early and one of the most important times in their lives as well. I myself have been in education, as a Teacher, Dean and Deputy Principal for the last 7 years in Kirikiriroa (plus 7 years in the UK), so feel that I have the experience and educational background to provide the kura with a thriving environment to grow even further.
In my spare time I still coach my eldest daughters football team; I love keeping fit by going to the gym and doing a lot of running, looking forward to building up to another marathon in the not so distant future.
I really look forward to hopefully working closely with everyone to keep te kura o Roto Ngahere moving in the right direction.
Christine Jessop (Principal)
This is my 25th year at Forest Lake School and my 20th year as Principal. I’m still here because I love our school and our community.
Nothing ever stands still in education and it’s these changes that continue to challenge and motivate me as I strive to lead and have a positive influence on our children’s future.
Kia Ora e te Whanau o Te Kura o Roto Ngahere
Ko Natalie Palmer taku ingoa
He uri au nō Te Hiku o Ika, no Taitokerau
Ko Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa te iwi
Ko Mamaru te waaka
Ko Whangaroa te moana
Ko Waihapa te marae
I am a mum of three boys, two are currently attending Forest Lake School in Kura Rumaki. I have served on the Board of Trustees for the past three years, it has been a huge learning curve over that time. I am still learning about the role of governance, accountability, and the education framework.
I am a lawyer in sole practice, working in the areas, of family, criminal and youth law. The importance of the role of education in shaping our children is overarching, it can affect their experiences, perceptions and how they see themselves. It is important to me that our children feel valued, respected and are given every opportunity to succeed. The role in governance cannot be understated, the Board of Trustees as the governing body of the school, collectively makes decisions that affect, our school’s policy, budget and charter. A diverse voice in that decision making is important, as our Kura is rich in diversity, with our Rumaki kura and Auraki akonga.
Bruce Gordon (Staff Trustee Representative)
I joined the Board as the Staff Representative in 2018 and am excited to continue this role. I have worked at Forest Lake School since 2015, as a teacher and Team Leader. I have also held various roles acting up as Deputy Principal, Assistant Principal, SENCO, and lead teacher of a Boys’ Classroom and E-ako (digital learning). I enjoy being a part of the governance of Forest Lake School and being able to provide a staff perspective to assist with this.
Tēnā koutou katoa.
He uri ahau nō Kaikohe, ko Ngai te Whaki tōku hapū, ko Nga Puhi tōku Iwi. Ko Shanara Tuaupiki tōku ingoa.
Passion, empowerment and action are three kupu that define me in a nutshell.
I have two girls at Te Kura o Roto Ngahere and have enjoyed being part of the school community through volunteering as a sports coach for netball, basketball and T-ball. I have a passion for community development where whānau, iwi and hapū are empowered to support their own learning and wellbeing and believe this can be achieved through enhancing the mana of our tamariki and fueling their mauri.
I have a Bachelor of Social Science with a Double Major in Psychology and Human Development and completed Postgraduate studies in Professional Supervision. I have over 10 years’ experience working at grass roots level as a youth worker, a youth health advisor for the Waikato DHB and currently work for the Ministry of Youth Development.
I have experience on a number of Board of Trustees holding executive positions as Treasurer for Te Ahurei a Rangatahi, Secretary for Te Kōhanga Reo o Taharoa and Secretary for Coast Rugby Football and Sports Club.
I love working for our rangatahi, whānau and community and have good knowledge of best practice to engage and connect with our people. I have a strong history of applying a by youth, for youth strength-based approach and believe in a kaupapa Māori framework.
It is a privilege to be on the Board of Trustees at Te Kura o Roto Ngahere to be a voice for our whānau.
Kia Ora whānau!
My name is Tiki Mossop and I have one child currently at Forest Lake School and another due to start in 2024. My daughter is currently in her third year in the Rūmaki unit. Our board has an important role to support our school leaders to provide the best learning opportunities for all our tamariki. I want to be a part of that. I want to help our school be constantly striving for the best and be a great place for our tamariki as well as their teachers.
I currently work for Hamilton City Council and previously worked for the Ministry of Education. I believe there are opportunities for our school to work in partnership with others and to leverage opportunities to get better resources and facilities for our school.
Kia ora, my name is Megan Kettle and my husband and I have two tamariki currently at Forest Lake School –Year 2 and Year 5. As a family we enjoy sport and travel – we are active in local sports clubs with both my husband and I coaching junior soccer teams.
I am originally from Hamilton and have spent most of the last 15 years working in the public sector on infrastructure, resource management and policy projects. I am currently a principal consultant in a consultancy firm in town; focussing on project management and stakeholder relationships.
I am in admiration of all that Forest Lake School has achieved – nurturing its diverse community and respecting and integrating Te Ao Maori into the operations of the school. I hope to be trusted by the school community to be part of shaping the future of the Kura.
I believe that schools are the heart of the community, and our school is currently experiencing new pressures due to the increasing population and changing demographics of the community around us. I am committed to supporting the school remain at the centre of the community and to advocate for the resources it needs to do this.
I know first-hand the challenges of being a working parent and I would advocate for clear, balanced, and regular communication to the school community so carers who aren’t always able to be in school face to face still feel like they are and can be involved in their school. Making a contribution to and building relationships with the local community is very important to me.
I bring a positive attitude with extensive experience in relationship building, problem solving and strategic thinking.
Forest Lake School has been a fantastic place for my children and I will work with the other board members and school management to ensure that this continues to be the case. I am passionate about ensuring that quality education and opportunities for participation are available to all students. It is a privilege to represent you and your children as a board member at Forest Lake School.