Carole Bee - Board Chair
My association with Menzies College began in 1986 as a beginning teacher. I became the Head of Science some years later and retired from full time work when our family started to grow. I am currently working part time in retail in Gore. Our eldest son is attending Canterbury University studying an intermediate engineering course, our second son is employed as an apprentice welder at Stabi-Craft and our remaining son currently attend Menzies College. My husband, Peter, and I are both very involved in the school community through sports and camps and aside from my teaching roles I have also worked part time in the administration area in the past and been a part of the ‘Positive Behaviour for Learning’ introduction at Menzies College.
I believe passionately that Menzies College is providing our students with excellent educational opportunities and a level of support that is rare in much bigger urban schools. I recognise that there is always room for positive change and I am committed to being part of the team that keeps the forward momentum going and helps to drive the students and staff to strive for even greater successes both academically and also in activities that happen outside the classroom. I have had previous experience as a Board of Trustee member for Glenham Primary school for a term and have been their minute secretary for the last three years. I enjoy working with groups of people who, while they are like minded in their wish to make their school the best it can be, approach problems and challenges in completely different ways.
I look forward to continue to grow Menzies College into the school of the future that its student deserve, providing a safe and caring environment for all students to strive for excellence.
My personal association with Menzies College began in 2013 with my daughter starting as a Year 7 pupil. I currently work part-time in the administration area at Edendale Primary School and am also studying parttime towards a Counselling Degree. My husband, Richard and I are both very involved in our community, volunteering as we are able and we both agree that great communities can grow great kids.
I believe Menzies College is giving our students many opportunities, educationally, socially and recreationally, that are of a very high standard and with greater frequency than many of the bigger schools in Southland. It is true that Menzies is 'Big enough to match the best, small enough to care'. The level of support Menzies College provides our students is high. As part of the Board of Trustees I am able to be a part of a team that is continually looking towards the future to help our students achieve to the best of their abilities in all aspects of their lives.
I am enjoying the challenges and new learning that being on the Board provides. It is a great team of like-minded people who are working together to ensure Menzies College continues to provide fantastic outcomes for its students. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about what the Board does.
Nigel Scarth - Staff Representative
My role as part of the board is to bring a staff perspective to the overall decision making and not to promote staff rights or be a union delegate. I am privileged to be making decisions on behalf of the community I live in and look forward to seeing Menzies College continue to grow in so many ways.
On a personal note, I live in Wyndham and I am married to Gill. We have two children - a 2 year old daughter Lauren and a 4 year old son Oliver. We moved from Christchurch to Wyndham two years ago where I took up the position of Head of Science at Menzies. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years at Menzies and being part of such a wonderful and welcoming community.