The Board of Shotover Primary School took office in June, 2016. In addition to the elected parents listed below our principal Ben Witheford and learning mentor Alice Irvine also serve on the Board.  


Sarah Jones | chairperson

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Tēnā koutou. To do the best by our own children, we have to do our best by all the children in our community. This is what motivates me to be a member of the board of trustees.

I bring to the board years of management experience, an eye for policy design and an understanding of what makes an educational environment that engages, inspires and extends our young people. 

I have a background in education and publishing. I was president of my local playcentre and e-media manager at Learning Media (an educational publisher). I also managed research, literacy and teacher professional development projects at the Ministry of Education. 

Until recently, I wrote a regular column for the NZEI’s magazine 'Education Aotearoa', and I’ve taught at tertiary level (the publishing course at Whitireia Polytechnic). Currently, I’m working part time as an editor and writer.

Through my work, I've been fortunate to visit schools around the country and collaborate with teachers and researchers. I've seen that children learn best when there are supportive relationships and high expectations held between the children, their teachers and their whānau. Shotover Primary is an exciting opportunity to build a school as we build a community.

I moved from Wellington to Lake Hayes Estate in December 2013 with husband Nathan and daughter Elsie (who started school on Shotover Primary School's opening day). We have family in Wanaka and Clyde. I enjoy running, surfing, kayaking and tramping.


PETER WILSOn

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson was born in Riverton and brought up on a sheep, cattle and deer farm and during his teenage years used to come to Queenstown and Arrowtown for the Christmas holidays to run kids camps.

After making his way up north from SIT in Invercargill to Otago University to Canterbury then to Wellington and after 12 years in Auckland he finally saw the light and moved back down to the lower South Island and to what he calls the “real New Zealand”.    He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and married to Lisa who is an Artist and trained secondary school teacher.  They have one delightful son called Calder who is loved very much by his parents and extended family.  He has always had an interest in helping kids succeed and teaching them that life can be fun and enjoyable. He is really enjoying being part of the Board at Shotover Primary School and not only contributing with his financial background but also with the genuine warmness and a good sense of humour.  Feel free to say hi and you will always be greeted with a warm smile.


Sally Mingaye - Hall

Sally Mingaye-Hall

Sally Mingaye-Hall

I’m married with three boys ranging in ages from primary school to high school.

I am currently contracted as a Distance Facilitator for Southern Institute of Technology on their Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management course. The course is run as an extramural or distance learning course which I have been involved with for over a decade. 

During our years moving around New Zealand, this form of independent, self-motivated learning has inspired my commitment to the benefits of flexible learning opportunities for children.

My involvement in school governance stems from 11 years working on various sized primary school boards of trustees around New Zealand. For me, education and student achievement is a very important value. 


dr Shayne Galloway

Dr Shayne Galloway

Dr Shayne Galloway

Kia Ora. I am, together with partner Maree and daughter Saige, excited to be a part of the
Shotover Country community as residents and parents in the school.

My background in education focuses on the experiential elements of youth development. I
hold a doctorate in Leisure Behaviour from Indiana University and my research and teaching
focus on adventure and outdoor education. I worked with youth in a variety of experiential
contexts including school camps, Outward Bound, and university courses in challenging and
inspiring outdoor environments ranging from mountain peak to school yard. My passion is
for the authentic learning achievable only through direct experience in the environments
which surround our youth.

I served as a Lecturer in Outdoor Education in the School of Physical Education at Otago
University for 6 years. At that point, we had Saige and I began a more rewarding career as
stay-at- home dad. We moved to Queenstown in 2014 to support Maree’s career and to live
once again in the mountains. Since, I have worked as an independent scholar and recreation
consultant with a focus on recreation amenity with developers and councils and in the
health and safety arena with the Adventure Activity Registration Scheme.

My career in education includes curriculum and skill development and on growing students
decision-making abilities within safe learning environments. Managing health and safety has
always been a significant aspect of my work and my background in this area can support the
school in accessing the fantastic lessons available here. Our children deserve these
experiences and I offer my experience to the school leadership and learning mentors in
getting the students out there.

I’ve had the benefit of getting to know the school and members of the community through
my involvement in the Wetland Project from its beginning. This project offers our learning
community a wonderful opportunity to explore together science and civics within the
ecology of the school community. Its everything outdoor education is meant to be and I feel
very fortunate to help develop it for Saige, her classmates and the Shotover Community.

 


Maree Wheeler

Maree Wheeler

Maree Wheeler

My husband and I have two daughters, one is currently in Skippers and the other will start early next year.

I have a background in Early Childhood Education and I currently teach part time at Arrowtown Preschool. Over the years I have had the opportunity to teach in varied settings in a number of countries around the world, this has offered me a variety different teaching and learning experiences including working alongside children and families with migrant and refugee status and those with high additional needs. These experiences also allow me to truly appreciate how lucky our family are to live in this area and to be educated at Shotover Primary.

I am currently on the Board of Governance for Arrowtown Preschool and also on the Lake Hayes Community Association Committee.
It is a great opportunity to be part of the Board of Trustees and to support the teaching team that are offering such an innovative education for our children.