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Arthur Street School
26 Arthur Street
Dunedin 9016
03 477 6524 office
03 477 6987 fax

Office manager: Michelle Vial


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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trust­ees com­prises of up to six elec­ted par­ent rep­res­ent­at­ives, an elec­ted staff rep­res­ent­at­ive, and the Prin­cip­al. The Trust­ees have the respons­ib­il­ity of Gov­ern­ing the School, ensur­ing it is run effect­ively and effi­ciently and com­plies with the rel­ev­ant legis­la­tion and guidelines. The Trust­ees meet twice a term. Dates are included in news­let­ters and also below.

Our cur­rent Board of Trust­ees mem­bers;

Back Row Left to Right, Jan­ine Cot­ton (Teach­er Rep), Brent Rus­sell, Michelle Vial (Sec­ret­ary) & Rebecca Oskam-Schmidt

Front Row, Left to Right, Kim Black­wood (Prin­cip­al), Darryl Syca­more (Chair­per­son) & John Hamilton.

Meet our mem­bers;

Darryl Syca­more

Kia ora, my name is Darryl Syca­more, and the chair­man of the Board of Trust­ees at Arthur Street School.  I am employed by Fed­er­ated Farm­ers as a policy advisor and have worked in the RMA reg­u­lat­ory envir­on­ment for 15 years. My part­ner Kar­en and I have two boys who enjoy the oppor­tun­it­ies and cul­ture that Arthur Street School offers.

I feel extremely priv­ileged to be in the role of Board chair, and am for­tu­nate to work with a ded­ic­ated and pro­fes­sion­al team of trust­ees. We are also well sup­por­ted in our stra­tegic and gov­ernance roles by hav­ing a strong lead­er­ship team across the school.  Arthur Street School has innov­at­ive and com­mit­ted edu­cat­ors who are focused on rais­ing stu­dent achieve­ment by provid­ing a respect­ful and nur­tur­ing envir­on­ment to all our stu­dents. Without doubt, our school is spe­cial.

I believe strongly that teach­ers, man­age­ment, board and par­ents all have the best interests of their chil­dren at heart.  There also needs to be respect for dif­fer­ing points of view and a com­mit­ment to con­tinu­ally improve prac­tice to ensure the best pos­sible out­comes.  As a Board we are united in want­ing the best for our school and your chil­dren. I am always avail­able dis­cuss the dir­ec­tion of our school, hear­ing any thoughts, or con­cerns that you may have.  


Rebecca Oskam-Schmidt

Tēnā koutou, my name is Rebecca Oskam-Schmidt. I have been a par­ent rep­res­ent­at­ive on the Board of Trust­ees at Arthur Street School since 2016. Pre­vi­ously I have served as an elec­ted mem­ber on the Duned­in Hos­pit­al Early Child­care Centre Com­mit­tee for 3 years and I work as a registered nurse in the Radi­ology Depart­ment at Duned­in Hos­pit­al. My fam­ily, Matt my hus­band, Jakob, Louis and Erica have been part of Arthur Street School for almost sev­en years and I have two of my three chil­dren cur­rently attend­ing, Louis in Room 6 and Erica in Room 1. I enjoy work­ing with the board to ensure we provide qual­ity edu­ca­tion for our stu­dents, sup­port for our staff and care for the school com­munity. Over the past year I have been involved in the update of the Health and Safety policy, intro­du­cing a before school care pro­gramme and I recently atten­ded the New Zea­l­and School Trust­ees Asso­ci­ation Annu­al con­fer­ence in Duned­in to fur­ther my know­ledge on gov­ernance of school boards.


Jan­ine Cot­ton

I am the Staff Rep­res­ent­at­ive on our Arthur Street School Board of Trust­ees. My role on the board is to keep the staff informed of Board mat­ters and to liaise between the Board and the Staff.

My career in Edu­ca­tion began in 1992. I am trained and have sep­ar­ate qual­i­fic­a­tions in both Early Child­hood Edu­ca­tion and Primary Edu­ca­tion. I have worked in the Primary Sec­tor since 1999. I have been teach­ing at Arthur Street School since Feb­ru­ary 2014. I have the role of ESOL (Eng­lish for Speak­ers of Oth­er Lan­guages) Teach­er. Our school is a won­der­ful, cul­tur­ally diverse place to be. I am priv­ileged to have a spe­cial role of teach­ing Eng­lish to our stu­dents for whom Eng­lish is an addi­tion­al lan­guage.

This is the first time I have been part of a Board of Trust­ees. I’m enjoy­ing the exper­i­ence and have been enlightened by the dis­cus­sion and con­sid­er­a­tion that goes into mak­ing decisions to best serve our tam­ar­iki. I am excited to be serving along­side our pro­gress­ive Prin­cip­al and ded­ic­ated par­ent rep­res­ent­at­ives.

When I’m not at school, I have an unpaid driv­ing role, trans­port­ing my 3 teen­age sons to vari­ous sport­ing ven­ues around Duned­in. I also enjoy walk­ing my dog and read­ing.

Brent Rus­sell

Hi!  My name’s Brent Rus­sell and I am the new­est mem­ber of the board, join­ing the team at the begin­ning of 2017.  My part­ner Kylie and I have one boy, Camer­on, who attends Room 1.  I am a founder and CTO at Igtimi and Yacht­bot, where we cre­ate tech­no­logy to improve the per­form­ance of elite ath­letes in sports such as sail­ing, canoe and kayak.  Earli­er in my career I lec­tured at the Phys­ics Depart­ment, Otago Uni­ver­sity, and worked on inter­na­tion­al broad­cast tele­vi­sion events. 

Sub­sequently I have a spe­cial interest in the role of sci­ence in edu­ca­tion and pre­par­ing our kids for suc­cess on a glob­al stage.  Arthur Street School is very for­tu­nate to have a ded­ic­ated group of teach­ers, Prin­cip­al, staff and board look­ing after the interests of a diverse group of great kids.  I feel very for­tu­nate to be a part of this team and con­tin­ue to look for­ward to being involved with the school’s man­age­ment, par­ents, and stu­dents.


John Hamilton








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