OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
"At Mahurangi College we listen, encourage and support our students in their pursuit of excellence. To experience the expression of joy in a student when he or she succeeds is the greatest reward for the hard work all our staff put into making Mahurangi College the best place to create the life stories of a young person’s formative years.
These are the success stories that will live with us forever; they are our Mahu stories."
Dean Iversen - Chairman of the Board
Dean has had 25 years of working in the Education industry, which has led him into being the co-owner of Iversen Educational Publishing. They work with schools offering products and professional development to improve literacy levels, and also specialise with those students that are struggling.
Jason and his partner returned to New Zealand from abroad seven years ago. They have one child attending Mahurangi College and two at Matakana School. Jason has over 20 years experience in transforming and running large organisations. Jason is an innovative entrepreneurial, who works hard. He wants to see our community build on our strong foundations to make our school truly exceptional.
DR IHIRANGI HEKE
Dr Heke is currently a Health and Physical Education consultant involved in a number of National and International projects aiming at improving health through increasing physical activity to address youth obesity. He is a trained Educational Psychologist and an elite athlete high performance consultant having been a provider to the New Zealand Academy of Sport.
Rachel currently has two children at Mahurangi College with one on the way. Her professional career has always been based in marketing and branding. The strategic areas that she is involved with on the Board, and what she is most passionate about, are health and wellbeing, marketing and communication. To her, learning in the areas of resilience, mental and physical health - and being able to understand and manage yourself - is a key part to leading a great well-balanced life. She is proud to be a part of our "awesome school" and wider community and "considers it a privilege to be able to help in some way and be a part of growing great children".
Peter has been a local for over 20 years and loves our area - his wife Rhonda and he have four children, with their eldest at Mahurangi College. He is passionate about young people and ensuring they have the support, resources and opportunities to succeed at school. Peter has over 20 years experience working across the education and social sectors, developing both local programs and initiatives now operating nationwide. He is currently Managing Director of a Software as a Service company helping business in NZ and abroad with their workforce management systems. He is "excited to serve our community and give our young people the best platform possible".
Tony has had 30 years in education, including co-ed, single-sex, state and integrated schools. He is "now privileged to lead this aspirational, achievement-focussed school. We strive to provide a rich and challenging curriculum for each and every student, coupled with extensive pastoral support to ensure that all students thrive and exceed their expectations. Mahurangi College is a school that builds resilience in students, taking them out of both their academic and personal comfort zones. Every day at Mahu is exciting, and I look forward to meeting you and building amazing futures for our students."
Nyree is our Staff Representative and this is her third term on the Board. Nyree has been teaching at Mahurangi College for over ten years and is our Head of Faculty for Arts.This has provided her with valuable insight into the life of our students and staff, which she has been able to share with our Board. Nyree’s aim is to continue the tradition of making Mahurangi College a place where students feel encouraged and inspired to pursue their passions and develop their skills.
Rachel would like to be involved in helping Mahurangi College become a better place. She is looking forward to the opportunity to speak on behalf of and represent the student voice. Rachel cares about the positive change students want to bring to our school. We warmly welcome our new student representative.
In 2016 following a full audit of school operations the Education Review Office placed Mahurangi College onto a 5 year review cycle. This is the highest level of review and is reserved for only the best managed and well run schools in the country. ERO said…
“Mahurangi College students thrive in a student-centred learning environment. The broad, coherent curriculum supports high levels of student achievement and engagement. School goals drive improvement for learners, particularly priority students. Strong governance and leadership, effective teaching and learning, and partnerships with parents and the community enhance outcomes for students.”
We plan to build on this excellent report and are excited about the times ahead.