Daryl Gibbs - Principal
"I am honoured to have been selected by the Cambridge Middle School Board of Trustees to serve and lead the learning for the Cambridge Middle School community. My responsibility as the Principal is to ensure that your child continues to receive a high quality education within a safe, respectful and supportive environment. I believe the emerging adolescent is a very special and unique age group to teach. It takes a special balance of teaching knowledge, relationship building, caring and humour to be successful with middle school children. Children of this age are developing self-identity, opinions and an understanding of the world around them, and it takes people with a specific skill set and understanding to nurture them. I have a strong passion and commitment to developing programmes that support the academic, sporting, social and cultural development of our students. I look forward to working in partnership with you and your children."
Julie Dawick - Deputy Principal
"I am one of the Deputy Principals for Cambridge Middle School. I thoroughly enjoy my role and the responsibilities I have at CMS. As one of the Deputy Principal's I currently run the Health and Safety portfolio, EOTC and oversee attendance within Cambridge Middle School. All Senior Management deal with the pastoral care, behaviour management and welfare of our CMS students. I thoroughly enjoy working at Cambridge Middle School and am privileged to work with such an exciting and innovative team, dealing with an enthusiastic and diverse range of students and having such a supportive parent base and community."
Bridget Watkins - Acting Deputy Principal
Alistair Martin - Assistant Principal
"I am one of the two Assistant Principals at Cambridge Middle School. As a classroom based Assistant Principal and Team Leader I have responsibilities relating to curriculum and curriculum review along with being involved in pastoral care and guidance. I work with a vibrant management team and staff who create amazing learning opportunities for our emerging adolescents."
Gareth Gilmour - Acting Assistant Principal
"I am the Acting Assistant Principal and Team Leader of Manaia at Cambridge Middle School. I lead e-Learning across the school and this is a very exciting part of my role here at CMS. I teach in a team-teaching space utilising digital tools and current learning pedagogy to enhance the learning of the students in my care. "
LEARNING SUPPORT STAFF
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Carol-Lynn Hill - BOT Chairperson
Kia Ora. I have been on the CMS BOT since Sept 2015.
I am a Primary School teacher at Cambridge Primary School and have been teaching for nearly 20 years. I am passionate about education and I am excited to be involved with Cambridge Middle School. My passions within education are eLearning and effective and meaningful assessment practices. After 20 years in the classroom I can honestly say that I still love my job!
I am married to Nik, who is also a Primary School teacher and we have two beautiful daughters who are at High School. In my spare time, I like to take on large landscaping projects like an in-ground pool and outdoor kitchen area. A few years ago we built a house on a lifestyle block just out of town and this keeps me very busy during the school holidays. I love living in Cambridge and feel that Education in this town in a great place and our children are very fortunate.
If you need to make contact with me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have lived in Cambridge for five years with my wife Rachel and our three daughters. Two of our girls have been through Cambridge Middle School and the third is at school now. They have all made the most out of many great opportunities at this school. I work as a General Manager for Pinnacle-Midlands Health Network in Hamilton, overseeing corporate and commercial functions. I have been on the Board of Trustees since 2013 including a spell as Chair from 2014-2016. During this time it has been a real pleasure to work alongside our dedicated staff and my fellow board members. Highlights in my time so far include working through a successful ERO review in 2015. There are many fantastic things happening at CMS and as a board we want to make sure that the voice of our school community is heard in governance so that together we can continue to enhance the performance of our school.
I am a Business Consultant specialising in Continuous Quality Improvement, Project Management, Workshop Facilitation and Strategic Deployment. I am also a trustee for the Waikato Family Centre Trust.
Prior to my current role, I have had a successful career (20 years) as a History teacher in both private and public secondary schools here in NZ and abroad. I was co-opted to the Board late last year and I am committed to working with the rest of the Board and the school's management to ensure that academic standards are being constantly enhanced, and that CMS offers every student the opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities.
I am interested in all facets of school life but in particular: communication from board level to staff through wider community, effective governance, cultural awareness and a strong interest in programmes and intiatives that grow confidence in learners to reach their potential.
I’m in my first term as a trustee on the CMS board and am really enjoying getting underneath what we do as a school to provide both life experiences and learning opportunities for our students, including my son who is a year 7 at the school. Having spent some time on primary school boards, I have some background understanding of how a school works, but the difference between primary school children and our learners is a large one as parents / whanau of the school will know! During the week I work for Kiwibank as Area Manager for the local business bank and in my spare time I love to enjoy the outdoors in any way I can. I'm a keen tramper, do a bit of diving and love to get stuck in to the garden.
My priorities as a member of any school board are relatively straightforward, I believe the board is there to assist the school in accelerating student achievement and in providing learning experiences at all levels and so when we make decisions I always am keen to know how they drive better outcomes for our kids. Our staff do a great job here and it’s great to be part of the wider team.
I have been a Principal of 5 large schools in 3 different states of Australia for a period of 25 years. These schools have been both single sex and co-educational and ranging from Year 1 through to matriculation. I was also a Supervisor of Schools in a Regional Educational precinct supporting primary, middle and secondary schools.
I have been involved in a variety of Boards of Management associated with different educational endeavours and thus I am keen to provide support to Cambridge Middle School.
My most recent position was on the Executive of an organisation which had the responsibility for the management of 50 schools across all states and territories throughout Australia. My role included the development of Strategic Planning, Formation of Senior staff especially Principals and Deputy Principals, Policy development and School Board support.
Students are central to any school and all consequent programs, organisation and structures need to have their development and interests at the centre. I have been privileged to work with some extraordinary young people over the years who will indeed make this world a better place
members usually number 3-10 personnel - no willing person is ever turned away.
Two or three staff members are given the responsibility of representing their colleagues at executive meetings.
(2013 Ministry of Education, Ka Hikitia Accelerating Success)
Ways to engage our Maori students in learning at school;
Ways to engage whanau, hapu and iwi positively in their Maori student's learning,
both inside and outside the classroom;
Ways to enhance our local curriculum to reflect the Maori identity, language and culture in each are.
Let us keep close together, not wide apart
Hold fast to your culture.