Meet the Board

The primary focus of the Board of Trustees, Principal and staff is to ensure the very best educational outcomes for all children attending Alexandra Primary School. Board meetings are held monthly on a Tuesday at 5.30pm. The meetings are open to the public and our parent community are welcome to attend. Dates will be advised through the school newsletters.

Chairperson

Marata Moorehead

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Ko Waitaha te hapu

Ko Otawa te maunga

Ko Raparapaahoe te awa

Ko Hei te marae

Ko Marata Moorehead toku ingoa

Originally from Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty my family and I moved to Alexandra last November. I am a proud Mama of four children. My eldest is in her first year at Dunstan High School and the other three are in the middle hub at Alexandra Primary.

I enjoy sports, both watching and playing and try to keep active. I also enjoy reading and love books. I am looking forward to meeting and working alongside everyone else on the Board.


Nga mihi,

Marata Moorehead

Russell Bond


I moved to Alexandra with may family at the end of 2010.

I have previous Board experience in Hamilton City with Frankton and Hamilton West Primary Schools, where I was entrusted with the property, Health & Safety and Employment portfolios.

My water engineering roles with City and District Councils has given me plenty of governance and strategic experience working with Communities and Government agencies.

I enjoy working with communities, helping with delivering outcomes and improving services, I want to work with our school to provide an educational environment that engages our students to support their growth into adulthood.

Grace Gibbons


Tēnā koutou katoa Alexandra Primary whānau

Ko Grace ahau.

I have lived in Alexandra most of my life, my two sons, Xavier (in year 7) and Cooper (in year 3) attend APS and although I was a St. G’s girl myself, I have had a connection with the school for 17 years.

I am passionate about our future generations and how we can build our students understanding and enthusiasm as they grow in, learn from, and care for our amazing country Aotearoa. I am proud to be involved with such an inclusive, think-outside-the box school who are honest and realistic about the challenges involved in preparing our learners for the everchanging future. I am inspired by the vibrant teaching team who are creating such a warm one-size-doesn't-fit-all environment for our tamariki to thrive in, and I look forward to facing challenges, growth and celebrations alongside them. I work for Central Otago REAP visiting Early Childhood groups, around the Central Lakes area to promote and facilitate the use and understanding of Te Reo Māori. My extremely rewarding role sees me interacting with a varied array of people as the ‘face’ of Central changes, whilst supporting cultural growth within our community. I am keen to take an active role nurturing this within our school also.Please, don’t be shy to say hi (or kia ora) if you see me round, always happy to chat!

Nāku noa, Grace Gibbons



Kirk Pritchard


I have lived in Alexandra with my wife Natasha for 11 years. We have two daughters Gabby (5) and Scarlett (2). I work at the Clyde Dam for Contract as a Project Manager. The skills I have developed in this role (commercial, budgeting, communication) have good cross over to many aspects of a governance role such as serving on the Board of Trustees. I would like to join the board to take an active role in supporting the school staff towards educating not only my children but all the other students of Alexandra Primary.


Anton Paterson

Although not a seasoned local like most other Board members, I feel part of the community that is Alexandra. My wife Brodie and I only moved to Alex recently but have been made very welcome, our son Luka is in Year 2, and our daughter Zeva, has started at the kindergarten this year. The best contribution I believe that I can make to this school, and community is my ability to organise and identify improvement opportunities. Our son plays for the Alexandra Rugby Club where

I have also offered my services as administrator for the junior committee, Brodie is also now a member of the school PTA.

As an employee of local councils, I can appreciate the processes of local government and how a good process makes for good governance. A primary school will undoubtedly have similar challenges and obstacles.

My hope and focus while a member of the board is continue to support the staff, parents and students of Alex Primary, assisting with future planning and to ensure that the school maintains its high standing and continues to be an environment that strives to deliver the best possible learning opportunities for our children and future children of Alexandra Primary.

Kylie Nixon

Kia ora

I have been teaching at Alexandra Primary for 5 years.

I currently teach in the middle hub, I am principal one day a week while Adele is the CoL leader.

I am passionate about education and I am currently completing my Masters in Contemporary Education.

I have a niece at school and a nephew at Alexandra Kindergarten. I am invested in creating strong partnerships across our school and developing learning that reflects the world in which our children will be members of.

I am excited about my new learning as the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.




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