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Our Board

Monthly Board meetings, as advertised in the School Newsletter, are held in the school staffroom generally from 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm. Visitors are welcome. The minutes from our Board meetings are available in the school office.

Current BPS Board
  • Jo McDonald (Chair)- I have been involved in the board at BPS for five years and I love that the school is in the heart of the community and has so many past students as parents and they proudly send their kids there as well (mine are 4th generation in our family to attend).  We have a great community spirit, and our kids are proud of their school. It takes a village to raise a child and our teachers and leadership are a critical part of that team which I enjoy working with. As a board member, I have focused on the property side of the school and ensuring that we have the best facilities possible, which are modern and fun to learn in. I am really proud that we will open our new classroom and administration block in 2022. As a Professional Development Manager, it’s been great to bring my day job skills to the board and advocate for our Tamariki and hapori with the MOE to get the improvements done.

  • Vimal Nair -  My youngest son is currently attending Birkenhead Primary School.  My wife is also a teacher at the school, which makes me well connected and invested in the school affairs.  I am a proud local Birkenhead resident and wish to see the School thrive at all it sets out to achieve. I have the desire to contribute to the welfare and running of the School. In particular, I am interested in ensuring that the parents' interests, views, and concerns are adequately considered and addressed at the board level.  I am a lawyer by profession and enjoy watching and (sometimes) playing various sports outside of work.

  • Nathan Stantiall-  I am a long time resident of Birkenhead, and my wife was born and bred here. I'm a proud parent of two children, my daughter having left BPS and my youngest son still there. Both have loved the school in all aspects, including the amazing teachers, learning, values, sports and most importantly, the fun. A key reason for joining the board was to help ensure this continues for current and future students. I have an engineering background, working in the innovation space, so I'm passionate about science, technology and experimental learning - hoping to seed the next generation of entrepreneurs. I also have an interest in ensuring staff and student wellbeing is a priority. 

  • Jared Honore- Our family has lived in Birkenhead for 20 years now and love the area, we have one son at BPS, with the other having already graduated. Ruth served on the PTA for a number of years, and I’m also keen to invest my time and energy to add to BPS’s strong legacy. Focus for me is helping BPS be a welcoming place where learning and connection occur together, where a strong school culture spreads outside the school gates and into our shared community. I bring a professional career with global experience across finance, commercial, and operational roles, mostly with Air New Zealand.

  • Naomi McRae- I am a Birkenhead local and have two cricket mad boys that are currently loving their time at Birkenhead Primary School. As a board member, I am particularly interested in neurodiversity in the Education system and how to ensure the best outcomes for both academic learning and social development for neurodiverse children in the school environment.
    I am also a trustee of the Birkenhead Primary School Learning Trust and in these combined roles I help the school build on its reputation for excellence and encourage a strong sense of community.
    In my professional life, I lead a charitable organisation in the corporate sector where we work with low decile primary schools across Aotearoa, raising both financial literacy and reading literacy capability, as well as running a governance placement programme for the not-for-profit sector. 
    Prior to this, I had an established career in Human Resources, so I bring robust people management skills and perspectives to the board.

  • Alice Saunders (Staff) 

  • Francis Naera (Principal)  


The School Charter is a living document that schools are required to share with the school community. The purpose of the Charter is to set the direction for the school and identify the priorities the board expects the Principal to be leading. The document includes a 3 year strategic plan and an annual plan for the current year.

Please click here to read our current annual plan. Click here for our analysis of variance for 2022 and targets for 2023.

Annual Accounts

Please click here to read our annual audited accounts.

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