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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
  • Jason Britten (Chair)

  • Sam Perkins - I have been a member of the BPS board of Trustees since 2015 and was chair 2016 until June 2021. I am a career banker and currently work at BNZ. My three children have attended BPS, with just my youngest remaining there. As a family, we have lived in Birkenhead for the last eight years, with myself, joining school camps and events as often as possible.

  • Jo McDonald  - 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).  I think we have a great community spirit, and our kids have pride in 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 in 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. 

  • Alice Saunders (Staff) 

  • Bevan Verryt (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 charter.