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Board of Trustees

Similar to our school, the Board of Trustees is a culturally diverse group of individuals who work together like a family. They can be thought of as the ‘Parents’ of Otahuhu Intermediate, tirelessly aiming to provide our students top quality education in a top quality teaching environment. They provide guidance and assistance to all members of the learning community, and keep our waka steered on a positive course. To learn more about our BOT members, click on their names.

Brent Woods

Principal

About Me

Kia ora koutou. Ki te atua, tena koe. Ki nga mate, haere, haere, haere atu ra. Ki te whanau, nga mihi nui ki a koutou. Ko Brent Woods toku ingoa. I have been the Principal of Otahuhu Intermediate School since 2007. My passion is achieving EXCELLENCE FOR ALL. We achieve this at OIS by encouraging teachers, students and whanau to be the best that they can be. We all know that it takes a village to raise a child, and a community to celebrate success. During my 16 years within the OIS community, we have always worked together to achieve the best for our tamariki and Otahuhu.
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Chris France

Presiding Member/
Chairperson

About Me

I love the time I have been on the board at Otahuhu Intermediate, which started in 2013. The school is such a mixture of vibrant culture, and clever young girls and boys reaching for adulthood! They are led by a caring, and kind, and clever group of teachers with Brent and his team. I have lived and worked for my career with school boards for 30 years and this school is a wonderful example of how engaged parents on the board and the leadership team can make such a happy and safe place for our young people to prepare for their high school years and adult life.
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Tala Page-To’oala

Deputy Presiding Member

About Me

I have been a 'friend of OIS' since 2010 where I volunteered as a youth worker and then transitioned onto the board in 2013. I have been part of this wonderful school for so long because I believe in the passion and mahi that our staff put into our students and families. It is an honour to serve our community in this capacity. My niece is in Year 7 so I am even more invested in our goal to make OIS the best intermediate school in Aotearoa. I am a school counsellor at AGGS, Professional Teaching Fellow at Laidlaw College and oversee the children's & youth ministries at Greenlane Presbyterian Church.
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Verna Ernstzen

Staff Representative

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My name is Verna Ernstzen. I am on the BOT as a staff representative. I currently teach a Year 8 class and am the syndicate leader for Rimu team. I have the responsibility for coordinating the Reading Literacy in the school. I have been teaching at Otahuhu Intermediate School since 1997. This school has been part of my whanau for a quarter of a century. I was a resident of Otahuhu in the early days after emigrating to New Zealand. To date, I have taught two generations from the same family. I enjoy the heart and vibrance of our community.
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Sachin Kumar

BOT

About Me

Kia ora My name is Sachin Kumar and I have been on the board since 2017. My passion for operation excellence was something I enjoyed while being on the board. The unique culture of the community was something I really wanted to learn about and be able to contribute my knowledge towards promoting a better system in the school. I also was able to contribute towards and understand my son’s learning at OIS being a parent voice. I really enjoy being part of the wonderful OIS whanau.
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Sonya Griffiths

BOT

About Me

Hi there, my name is Sonya, I have lived in Otahuhu for 10 years and I have had 2 of my 4 children go to OIS and they have enjoyed it. I joined the board because I had seen the way Brent and his team run the school and how easy they were to talk to. I have been on the board for about 4-5 years, and it is great being involved and seeing the kids reach their goals.
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Cheryl Stephens

BOT

About Me

My name is Cheryl Stephens and I have been a member of the Otahuhu Intermediate Board of Trustees for approximately 6 1/2 years. I have lived in Otahuhu my entire life and attended OIS myself many, many years ago. I have 3 children (Zac, Jessika and Samantha), who also attended OIS and it was while they were there, that I decided to sign up to the Board of Trustees. I have enjoyed my time working on the OIS Board, as it is very rewarding knowing that what we put in place for our students, will go a long way in helping them in the future.
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