Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees – Board Chair’s Remarks

Due to dedication and expertise of the teachers and management, Helensville Primary is leading the way in terms of delivering educational outcomes and meeting the NZ curriculum vision that young people will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

The Helensville School Board of Trustees sees their role in supporting the outstanding efforts of the school management and teachers through governance and the overview of the school’s activities. 

The Board is responsible for ensuring that legal obligations are met and that all resources are managed in compliance with legislation and in the best interests of the school. The Board sets strategic (long term) goals, develops and reviews policies, monitors performance of the principal and staff and ensures high quality curriculum delivery. The Board is not involved with the day to day running of the school; this is the role of the principal.

Working together with the principal and teaching staff, the Board of Trustees has an important role in ensuring that all children at Helensville School have every opportunity to reach their full educational potential. Helensville School is a place where learning is paramount and where we aim high (arohia ake).

The Board of Trustees is made up of five elected parent trustees, the principal and a staff trustee.

The elected parent trustees and staff trustee serve a three year term. 


 Nicola Keen-Biggelaar

My name is Nicola Keen-Biggelaar and I delighted to be elected Chair and Trustee of the Helensville
Primary School board of Trustees.
What I love most about Helensville Primary is that it is at the absolute heart of this community. My
kids have tremendous opportunities to develop their full selves both inside and outside of the
classroom. I am grateful for the tireless work of our teachers, who to date have been wonderful
educationalists and mentors to my girls, Renée & Zarya. I am also grateful for the hard-working
commitment from parents that make the many extracurricular activities possible.
My commitment to governance is strong and to develop my skills in this area I have been a Member
of the Institute of Directors for the last three years. I have volunteered as a Trustee on the
Helensville Women & Family Centre and Kia Timata Ano Trust Boards as well as being a Director of
the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education.
For me, great governance is underpinned by values of responsibility, accountability, fairness and
transparency. I will bring these qualities with great commitment and will represent the voice of
parents to the best of my ability.
We have a great Board who are really looking forward to working hard to support the Principal,
Senior Management team and teachers to maintain a positive heart at the centre of our community.

Cara Pinnell

Ko Karangahake tōku maunga

Ko Waihou tōku awa

Ko Whakatohea, Te Whanau Apanui tōku iwi

Ko Bruce rāua ko Sheryl ōku mātua

Ko Harper rāua ko Dorothy āna tamariki

Ko Cara tōku ingoa

My husband and I have been part of this community since 2013 and we have two children at Helensville Primary.

I’m fortunate to work part-time for 1 NEWS at TVNZ, which means I’ve been able to help where I can at Helensville Primary over the past 4 years predominantly as a member of PATHS, Parents and Teachers at Helensville School. I’m so proud to be part of an exceptional group of parents and teachers, including our Principal and Deputy Principal, who are all happy to give their own time, hard work and support to this school by organising fundraising events, discos, High Teas, Gibbs Farm visits, Ag Day and chipping in at the working bee.

I am excited to be on the board with a great and skilled bunch of parents and I look forward to helping make Helensville Primary the best it can be by providing great education, inspired teachers and also creating an environment where all our children are excited to learn, and grow in confidence, cultural identity and self compassion.


 David Allen


Dan Wood

My name is Dan Wood and I am truly humbled to be elected as a first-time parent representative. A former student of both Waimauku Primary and Kaipara College, I currently own an automotive workshop in Waimauku.

I am married to Amy and have 3 children; Connor, Ava and Charli.  

My view on schools is that they play such an important role in our children’s lives; now and into their future. Having supportive teachers and staff, a passionate Board and engaged parents is how we help our kids to reach their full potential. 

So, what can I add? I’m a tradesman of over 20 years and local business owner, having taken over my father’s business several years ago. Working in the area for most of that time, we support a lot of local charities and clubs. I’ve also been employed in Australia in finance, leasing, analytics and operational management. I believe this gives me a good mix of practical skills and the ability to engage with a variety people at many levels. I’m down to earth and not afraid to get my hands dirty; but above all I value honesty, integrity and doing what’s right.

I’m looking forward to working more with our school community and excited to be part of the Board of Trustees.

Israil Foreman

Tania McCorkindale 

I teach a Year 5/6 class and am also the school SENCO – special needs coordinator.

I am passionate about student agency. I believe ensuring students are involved in decisions about their own learning is paramount,  engaging them in purposeful authentic experiences. I have been involved in education for about 30 years. I enjoy the variety it gives and the real sense of achievement that watching students blossom brings.

I am married and have two daughters that are at university. We live on a lifestyle block near Muriwai, loving the space and animals this allows.

Being the School Staff Trustee allows me to be involved with the school and community in a broader way. I take the responsibility of this job seriously and feel honoured to have been voted onto the board in this role.

Deborah Heasman

Principal of Helensville primary School.


Policy No.

Policy ( PDF Download)

2010/01 Curriculum Delivery
2010/02 Treaty of Waitangi
2010/03 Reporting to Parents
2010/04 Staff Performance Management
2010/05 Principal Appraisal
2010/06 Staff Appointments
2010/07 Complaints
2010/08 Financial Management
2010/09 Theft & Fraud Prevention
2010/10 Prevention and Reporting of Child Abuse
2010/11 Class Release Time
2010/12 Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO)
2010/13 Allocation of Units
2010/14 Protected Disclosure
2010/15 Property Management
2010/16 Health & Safety
2010/17 Privacy
2010/18 Physical Restraint
2018/19 Child Protection Policy (Interim)

Other documents

  Code of Ethics
  Board Chair’s Remarks


Helensville Primary School Strategic Plan 2019

Analysis of Variance HPS 2019 /1

Analysis of Variance HPS 2019 /2

End of  Year Data 2018



 Audited Financial Statements

2015 part 1

2015  part 2




2019 BoT Report

2019 Management Report



Board Meeting Dates 2019

21 February

28 March

16 May

13 June

8 July

8 August.  Due to Board of Trustees training at Kaipara College our board meeting will now start at 9.30pm 

on Thursday 8th August not 6.30pm.

5 September

7 November

5 December

Board Minutes – 2019

21st February

28th March

16th May 

13th June

8th July

8th August



Board Minutes – 2018

  1st March
  10th May
  14th June
  25th July
  6th September

1st November

13th December