Kia Ora and Welcome

It is an annual goal of the Board of Trustees to inform the community about what is happening in and around the school. The initial step is to update and inform our community of who the Board of Trustees are, their interests and their reasons for being on the Board.  As a Board, each member should have the interests of the students and community at heart, with these values firmly in the minds of the Board members the school should prosper.

The Board has made a commitment to improving  literacy and numeracy skills, access to information and communication  technology and improving communication between students, staff and parents. These are some of the goals and plans for the coming year which have been developed in our strategic plan.  Our Charter is what we feel are the important values at our school. It is our commitment as a school to our students, caregivers, community and government. These values were developed through discussion between staff, Board, caregivers and Maori community. The Board were able to put these values under Attitude, Behaviour and Communication. The simple idea of addressing the school as the ABC school is easier for the students, caregivers and staff to understand.  Under each heading are values the Board believe are applicable to our school.

Finally the school motto is 'To The New World' indicating we as a school are preparing our students to embrace and cope with change in the future.

The school's golden rule is 'To treat others the way you like to be treated.'  It is essential our children can think of themselves and others.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Board with any suggestions, thoughts and ideas you may have that may help make Churton School even better than it is now.

Grant Hardy

Grant Hardy - Chairperson

Kia Ora. As a parent of two, eventually three, students at Churton School, I am passionate about my children receiving as good a start to their schooling life as possible. I am extremely happy with the level of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that are available at the school. As Chairperson, I look forward to leading a highly motivated group of board trustees to improve the school further. We are keen to liase with parents and the local community to ensure the vision of the school reflects the needs of us all.

Andrew Spence

Andrew Spence - Principal


I have been teaching for 21years. Churton School is my third Principal’s position and I have taught previously as Principal at Douglas in Taranaki and Manakau school in the Horowhenua.

I consider teaching a wonderful profession which requires a huge of commitment and effort. I believe that I have an important role in modelling the beliefs and values that our parents and students hold as true. I believe, I am a lifelong learner and am constantly reflecting on my leadership abilities and teaching capabilities to ensure that I am constantly challenged in my role as principal.

I am married to Sue. I have three children Kezia, Ronan and Charlotte who have attended Churton School. I enjoy playing sports especially cricket and hockey.

I feel privileged to be part of a school community that values diversity, inclusion innovation and excellence. I am immensely proud to be the principal school as we have wonderful students, supportive parents and professional staff.

I particularly look forward to working with the new Board. I feel that the school has sound protocols and systems in place. I do feel that we can further extend our capabilities and create an innovative 21st century school.

Carla Carter

Carla Carter - Staff Trustee

Kia Ora,

I am in my 3rd year of teaching, where my primary role is classroom teacher for years 5/6. I am passionate about providing learning experiences for students which are motivating and engaging and integrating technology as a tool to support and enhance learning.

My role as both a classroom and mentor teacher provide me with opportunities to continue to develop my professional knowledge and skills and as the staff representative I hope to further support the Churton School community. 




Heather Johnston


Heather Johnston - Health & Safety



Kia Ora

I have three boys, Flynn 10yrs, Arlo 8yrs and Darcy 5yrs all currently attending Churton School and my husband Gary is Deputy Principal. I work part-time as a Learn to Swim Instructor. This leaves me with time to be involved with my children’s sporting interests and schooling when required and also to continue with my own hobbies of swimming and cycling without taking up valuable family time.

In the past I have been heavily involved with Playcentre committees, having held various positions within these committees including president for two years. I am now part of the Wanganui Masters Swimming committee.

I am honoured to be given the opportunity to represent the parents of Churton School by having a position on the Board of Trustees. My role is to report to the Board on all current Health and Safety issues/concerns. Here I will make sure to have the interests of the students and community at heart.  I love the friendly atmosphere that Churton offers and feel we are very fortunate to have such hardworking enthusiastic staff to be leading our children.

Jamie Procter

Jamie Procter - Personnel and Maori

Tena tatou katoa

"Mai i te kahui Maunga ki Tangaroa, ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au"

Together with my husband Jon we have 2 boys, Dylan a Year 9 previously a student of Churton School currently attending Cullinane College and Nathan a Year 5 at Churton.

Having been a part of the school community for the past 8 years I have volunteered for many school trips, sports teams and events. I enjoy actively supporting our young people to reach their full potential in and out of the classroom.

I was privileged to become a part of the board in the late 2014 and accepted both the Maori and Personnel portfolios.

I look forward to working alongside the rest of the Board, Staff, Whanau and wider community to further grow our positive school culture and environment, support innovative learning pathways and building a strong and reslient community.

Nga mihi


Stacey Bisset


Stacey Bisset - Property

My name is Stacey Bisset, and my role on the board is property officer. I am married to Karliegh who is the chairperson of the PTA.

Together we have three children; Mitchell who is currently attending Wanganui Intermediate and previously went to Churton. Paige who is in year six and Pyper who has just started in room two. We have been involved with Churton for a while and will be for a while yet.

I am employed as the Purchasing Officer for Silver Fern Farms at the Waitotara plant, and have been in this role for the past four years.

I wanted to be on the board to be able to contribute some of my skills and knowledge to continue where the pervious board left of with the great work they have done in their terms as members.

I have been coaching or helping many sports teams at Churton including football, tee-ball and slow pitch softball.

I am very passionate about this school and want to be part of the team that makes this school one of the best for our young people.

I’m looking forward to my time as a board member and working towards achieving the best outcomes possible for this School.


Matthew Caseley

Matthew Caseley - Finance

As a father of 3 Churton School pupils (Skye, Fraser and Olive) and as a member of the community for the past 10 years, I am pleased to contribute to the on-going development and stability of our school on the Board of Trustees.

My particular area of responsibility on the board is  Finance and of course I am happy to assist as needed in other areas also.

Over the past 20 years I have been a self-employed farmer not just in this region but in other areas of the country as well as overseas. I am looking forward to using the knowledge and experience that I have gained over that time to benefit the school and it’s pupils.

I have noticed progress and improvement in the time we have been involved with Churton School and with our youngest due to start in 2016 I am keen to ensure the school continues its forward  momentum.



For more information on our Board of Trustees, please contact the school.