29th May 2019


  • Fri 31 May  – Teacher only day (kindergarten will operate as normal) . Oscar programme will not be open for school or kindergarten children)
  • Mon 3 Jun  –  Queen’s Birthday – No school or kindergarten
  • Mon 10 Jun  –  Whitsun Assembly – All school children wear white
  • Fri 14 Jun  – Lantern Festival
  • Thu 4 Jul  – Matariki Festival – School
  • Fri 5 Jul  –  Term 2 ends 1.00pm (Kindergarten operates as normal)

2019 Triennial Board of Trustees Election Results

A very warm welcome to the new Board of Trustees!

We are very pleased to announce the new BOT for the next three-year term. In accordance with the Election rules, as there were the same number of candidates as positions available a “no-count” election was held, and all  nominated candidates were appointed.

At the last BOT meeting we fondly said farewell to Peter Flint, Clayton Bunning and Nathan Smith and we thank them again for their time, skills, efforts, contributions and commitment over the last term(s).

The new board takes up its governance role from May 31st and will hold its first meeting on June 18th 2019, 5.30 pm at the school.

The new BOT brings with it a fantastic blend of old and new creating a wonderful combination of experience and fresh ideas!

The new Board of Trustees now comprises:

  • Parent representatives: Olaf van Beek, Mel Auld, Edward Wall, Sarah Lockwood  and Lisa Hickling
  •  WST representatives: Louise Gawn and Stephen Lane
  • Staff representative: Michael Rall
  • Principal: Mary Tait-Jamieson

Being a state integrated school, the role of the Board of Trustees of our school has a slightly different orientation than that of mainstream schools and we consider ourselves fortunate that we are able to focus all our attention and efforts on governing

  • quality teaching and learning,
  • wellbeing of our students and staff and
  • on maintaining a policy framework, budget and review and internal evaluation program that supports our teachers to deliver on these.

We look forward to sharing news of our work together over the coming months. See below for the profiles of the parent representatives and a visual that gives a quick overview of the management and governance structure of the Tauranga Waldorf School.

Lisa Hickling  ( Chair of the Board of Trustees)




Olaf van der Beek

The last 3 years on the Board of Trustees has been a chance to contribute to our school, and I am pleased to continue through another term. My background is strong in the education field, and this brings among other things a strong desire to support our teachers. To protect / improve their teaching  life (as required) in our school. I am a registered secondary teacher, and have had appointments with a number of secondary schools, Waikato university and the local polytechnic, Toi Ohomai. 

My work life includes:

 A business where I give guidance and support in personal development. I also enjoy physical, creative  work outside. Consequently I also have a landscaping business. My Wife Rika and I have 2 children at our school. They have both come from Nursery through to Finn in class 6 and Femma in class 5. As a family we enjoy our local beach, biking in the Redwoods and travel experiences.


Mel Auld

My husband, Bran, and I have been part of the Tauranga Waldorf community since 2012, and our two sons are now in Class 1 and 4.  I have a background in marketing and communications and was co-opted onto the Board in late 2018.

I put myself forward as a parent representative because I want to continue to learn about and contribute to a community that is developing free-willed, creative, smart, compassionate and resilient young people – an education that I see as quite unique, very special and deserving of my time as a parent and community member.


Eddie Wall

I’m Eddie Wall and I’ve been a parent in the school community for the last 6 and a half years.   Before that we were already connected to the Waldorf movement in that my eldest who is now in Class 6 attended Laurel Farm Steiner Kindergarten in the United Kingdom and I was involved with the Acorn Steiner School where I taught a Physics main lesson to the upper school and took part in outdoor education with senior students.  This included adventure camps, teaching sailing, skiing trips and driving a mini bus on their 3 week Europe, 3 times.

My youngest is now in Class 3 so I feel I’ve got a reasonable experience of the Tauranga Waldorf Learning Journey under my belt over the last years.  I’ve sung in the Kings Play, been a parent help on several camps- most recently to Waikaremoana, supplied bike racks, and have supported some of the fit out in the Outdoor classroom.

I’m happy to be a parent representative on the Tauranga Waldorf School board of Trustees to help to continue to provide strong governance of a school, that I, my wife and my children all really value and love. 


Sarah Lockwood

Kia ora kotou, my name is Sarah Lockwood, and my husband Simon and I have two young sons Ned (2) and Wilson (5) who is in Autumn Rose kindergarten. My practitioner background is at senior leadership level within the non-profit management sector with particular roles in funding procurement and community engagement. Over the past seven or so years I have moved into the academic sector, as a tertiary lecturer and researcher. My PhD thesis focused on community responses to crisis events, and I have a personal research interest and passion for the powerful engagement of people at a grassroots level.

From a volunteer perspective, I have been an engaged volunteer most predominantly within the surf lifesaving community for over 20 years, as a lifeguard between the flags, examiner, treasurer, director, and junior surf coach.

Currently there is no kindergarten parent representative on the board, and in line with the TWS strategic plan I believe that this is necessary to support and develop the early years learning pathways. I am also particularly motivated to gain momentum in nurturing te reo and tikanga Māoripractices throughout the school environment.

I have been constantly inspired by the Tauranga Waldorf School since we enrolled in 2017 and would feel privileged to invest my time and abilities for our children and the wider community by serving on the board of trustees.

‘Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa’-The child – the heart of the matter.


Lisa Hickling

My name is Lisa. We have two sons at our school: Reilly in Class 6 and Arlo in Class 2 and feel very grateful they are able to experience a Waldorf education in our amazing school, grounds and environment.

I have had the privilege to serve on the Tauranga Waldorf School BoT as a parent representative for the last three years – the last few months as Chair. By serving on the Board I feel fortunate to have been able to continue my own Waldorf journey and have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about how our school (and state integrated schools in general) works and Waldorf education, while contributing the governance skills I bring.

Trained as a Community Psychologist, my working life (through BayTrust – a local philanthropic Community Trust and my own business) involves providing consulting services, advice and support to organisations with strategic development, evaluation and performance measurement practices.

Over the last 30 years, I have worked in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors, from grass-roots, to international and EU level where I also gained experience in strategic planning, internal auditing and quality management. In an unpaid capacity I have supported various organisations over the years including Lifeline, Rape Crisis, Women’s Refuge and Literacy Aotearoa in both hands-on and governance roles. I strongly believe that “walking the talk” and having a sense of humour is the best approach to life, in both work and play.

I fully support the school in its provision of quality education and achieving the best outcomes for all our children and welcome the opportunity to continue contributing to the work of the Board of Trustees. In my spare time I love science fiction books and movies, vege gardening, high intensity exercise and have an inexplicable penchant for pantomimes!