The Board of Trustees provides strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school, and ensures the School complies with legal and policy requirements. For further information see HERE
Anyone is welcome to attend Board meetings as an observer, and if you are interested to see what goes on, minutes of previous meetings are available at the office.
The 2019 WSS Board of Trustees is: Marriene (Principal), Jared Fretwell (Staff representative), elected parent trustees; Abbey Parsons, Andrew Turner, Simon Harrison, Michelle Warburton, Michael Down and Tim Hayward.
Abbey ParsonsBoard Chairperson
My name is Abbey Parsons. I have lived in the Spreydon community for 11 years with my husband Chris and I have two sons at West Spreydon School, Max (year 4) and Charlie (year 1).
I originally trained as a Registered Nurse and have worked in public and private sectors both in New Zealand and Australia. The skills I learned as a nurse regarding relationships, empathy and culture are skills I bring to the Board table as well as time management, organisation and problem solving.
My name is Michael Down, and it would be a privilege to be elected to the Board of Trustees at West Spreydon School.
I grew up here in Christchurch, it's very much home for me. After spending six years in the UK with my wife Rachel, I moved back 18 months ago with my young children - Juliet (3) and Thomas (1). Moving into the Spreydon neighbourhood, I was keen to get involved with our local community and West Spreydon School. I'm excited to send my kids here in a couple of years.
West Spreydon School is a part of our extended Family. We moved into Christchurch, as our daughter started her first year of school, and WSS has provided our family a safe and social environment to grow and learn.
I worked at Boffa Miskell as a CAD Technician, Unitec as a Project Management Assistant, Step By Step as a Computer Trainer, and as a website designer. Recently my husband and I purchased Supa Karts Indoor Raceway, where my role varies from doing the accounts, design and advertising to ensuring customers have a great time.
Jared FretwellStaff Representative
Hi my name is Simon Harrison, I have two children that are currently at West Spreydon School, Molly and Isabel. Sophie and Dylan were also past students.
I have been on the Board for the past two years now and have been heavily involved in the planning of the rebuild of our school.
Outside of the Board work I run my own building company Simon Campbell Construction Ltd. I am also on the Board of Dodgeball NZ and represented NZ and Canterbury at various tournaments areound the world. I have aspirations to coach the NZ team at both the World Championship and Asia Pacific Championship
Tim HaywardDeputy Board Chairperson
My name is Tim Hayward. I am from Christchurch (currently living in Spreydon) and am married to Stephanie Hayward.
We have two children, Daisy (4.5 years old) and Hudson (2.5 years old), and are looking forward to Daisy starting at West Spreydon School at the start of next year.
I am a lawyer at Buddle Findlay, specialising in banking and finance law, as well as general corporate and commercial law and go to, and am involved in, South West Baptist Church.
My name is Andrew Turner, 41 years of age, married (to Sita) with three children (Charlie, Eilish and Aria) who all currently attend WSS. Our family journey with WSS began when our oldest son enrolled 5 years ago and with subsequent children following. We moved to Lyttelton Street, opposite the school two years ago and have enjoyed the close proximity to the school and the associated benefits, walking to school in all weather is one of them. I have worked as a Registered Nurse both overseas and in N.Z for the past 18 years and have been involved with child and youth mental health and now currently adult mental health.