Our Senior Leaders
The Senior Leadership Team (or SLT) is made up of the Principal and two Deputy Principals. They collectively oversee the running of all aspects of school life.
While the division of labour is split between senior school (yrs 11-13) and junior (yrs 9-10) with each DP taking charge of an area, all three of the SLT work collaboratively to meet the needs of students, teachers and the wider school community.
Principal ~ Tumuaki
Vanessa Te Huia
Deputy Principal Junior
Deputy Principal Senior
Department and Faculty Leaders
HOD = Head of Department
HOF = Head of Faculty
HOF Gateway & Pathways
HOF Technology, Wood
HOF Languages, English
HOF Arts, Music, Performance,
Year 13 Dean
HOD PE & Health,
Year 10 Dean
HOD Social Sciences,
Accounting, Business Studies
Board of Trustees
Kia ora e te whaanau.
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Otorohanga College's Board of Trustees (BOT) section on the College website. Trusteeship on a school BOT is a challenging and rewarding role, and one that allows a community's voice and aspirations to determine the future of a school through its Charter and Strategic Planning. Trustees hold their positions on the BOT with pride.
The following explains a little about the general purpose of the BOT.
The BOT is responsible for four key areas of governance:
Accountability: Student progress and achievement, review, financial monitoring and resource management.
- Leadership: Governance model, clear purpose, roles and responsibilities, effective meetings and relationships.
Employer Role: Good employer, performance management system, effective relationships, health and safety and recruitment.
Representation: Community consultation and engagement, board consultation, trust and relationships.
The BOT is also responsible for:
Developing and reviewing the school charter
Monitoring and reviewing Ōtorohanga College’s progress
Putting in place a policy framework
Employing the principal
Ensuring legal compliance
Implementing National Education Guidelines
The above areas of governance and responsibility ensure a framework for school operations which fosters safety, equity, transparency and accountability.
Our current BOT is made up of the following people and their respective roles:
Lorraine Fox - Chairperson, Parent Trustee
Traci Liddall - Principal
Emily O'Reilly - Student Trustee
Chris van der Heyden - Staff Trustee
Kelly Isherwood - Maaori Liaison (co-opted)
Shani Whitiora - Parent Trustee working with Kelly in support of our coastal communities
Mark Pitts-Brown - Parent Trustee, Hostel Liaison
Michael Ritch - Parent Trustee
MSocSc (hons1) | PGDipPsych (Comm) | GradDipDR
The next triennial elections will take place in 2022 and all BOT's will be looking for skilled, community minded and big picture thinkers to sign up. You can find out more about trusteeship and the role of the BOT here:
Thank you for choosing Otorohanga College, your community College.
Chris van der Heyden
van der Heyden
Principal ~ Tumuaki
Social Sciences, Maths, History, Agri/Business
PE & Health, Food Technology
Yr 11 Dean
Junior Learning Programme
PE, Yr 9 Dean
English, Junior Learning Programme, Media
PE & Health
Yr 12 Dean
Te Reo Māori
English, Science, Junior Learning Programme
Digital Technologies, Junior Learning Programme, Performing Arts
ICT Lead Teacher
PE & Health, Specialist Classroom Teacher
Roy & CarolineWillison
Learning Support Coordinator
Ngaire Te Kanawa
van der Heyden
Caretaker / Grounds person