The Board of Trustees govern the school. Meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.
Who We Are
George Woodward – Chair BOTChair@royaloakint.school.nz George was re-elected as a parent representative to the Board in June 2019 and has been on the Board since June 2016. He has been Chairperson since February 2018. George has three children, one at Royal Oak Intermediate, one at Onehunga Primary and one at Onehunga High. George has many years of experience in law, finance and business. George was been on the Onehunga Primary School Board for six years and is currently on the Board of Onehunga High. George also coaches a group of teenagers at the local football club. George believes it is a privilege to represent the parents of the Royal Oak Intermediate School community and to be able to play a part in such an important facet of our children’s lives.
Royal Oak Intermediate holds a special place in my heart as it is where I attended for my intermediate years, so it is a privilege to be on the board of trustees. I have three children one at Onehunga High School, one at Royal Oak Intermediate and my youngest at Royal Oak Primary. Royal Oak Intermediate is a warm inviting school with passionate teachers and it makes me proud to work alongside them in making it the school of choice in our community.
Owen was elected to the Board in 2019. He has a son James in year 7 at Royal oak intermediate and a daughter Lucy in year 4 at royal oak primary . He has trustee experience being chair of the board at Royal Oak Primary. Owen in a pediatrician with extensive experience in all thins to do with children. He coaches his children’s sports teams. Owen is of Maori decent (Te Rarawa).
Andrea was elected to the board as a parent representative in June 2019. She and her partner Nisi have a daughter at ROI and four younger kids who will come to ROI over the next ten years. As well as being a mum, Andrea is a clinical psychologist with 20 years’ experience working in child and youth mental health. She brings knowledge about the challenges that young people are likely to face and experience working with schools to promote students’ mental health and to access available supports and resources. Andrea works in a clinical leadership role and has governance experience in the health, disability, and child protection sectors. She is excited about being part of ROI’s continued development as it strives to meet the needs of the kids and community it serves and, especially, to help foster strong connections between school, family, community and culture.
Albra Stoltenkamp (Staff Rep) Albra Stoltenkamp was elected onto the Royal Oak Board of Trustees as the Staff Representative and will be serving for the next three years. She has two children and is originally from South Africa. She has been teaching in New Zealand for the past 16 years and is passionate about teaching, learning and committed to serving the school and community. She is an ultra walker and marathon runner and takes a keen interest in Art and Crafts and the Arts.
Tony Coughlan (Principal)
Tony, as Principal, is an automatic member of the Board.
We welcome public presence at our meetings and hope that you enjoy your time observing our board meeting.In order that you understand the rules that apply to members of the public attending our meetings please read the following:
1 Board meetings are not public meetings but meetings held in public. 2 If the meeting moves to exclude the public (usually this is to protect the privacy of individuals) then you will be asked to leave the meeting until this aspect of business has been concluded. 3 Members of the public may request speaking rights on a particular subject that is on the agenda. Preferably this request has been made in advance. Public participation is at the discretion of the board. 4 Speakers shall be restricted to a maximum of 2 minutes each per subject, with a time limit of fifteen minutes per interest group. 5 No more than 2 speakers on any one topic. 6 Speakers are not to question the board and must speak to the topic. 7 Board members will not address questions or statements to speakers. 8 Speakers shall not be disrespectful, offensive, or make malicious statements or claims. 9 If the chair believes that any of these have occurred or the speaker has gone over time they will be asked to finish. 10 Members of the public may apply in writing to the Board via the Board Chair to have a matter considered within a subsequent board meeting agenda. Written acceptance to add to the agenda will be tendered at the Board’s discretion. Please note: Members of the public include staff and parents of the school who are not trustees on the board.