School Board

The governance of Newlands Primary School is the responsibility of the School Board. Members are elected every three years from our school community. The School Board is committed to providing excellence in education and are very supportive of the school’s learning community.

The School Board meets twice a term and meeting times and dates are advised on the school’s calendar of events. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. The minutes are public documents and are available at the school office.

If you would like to know more about School Boards, the link will take you to the New Zealand Schools Trustees Association (NZSTA) website.


School Board

Claire Mortimer
Presiding Member

My name is Claire Mortimer and I have one child (Oliver) in Year 6 at the school and feel extremely lucky to have such a great local school with its fantastic culture and staff within our community.

I believe that a great primary school is fundamental in creating a positive way forward for children as they learn, grow and develop in society.  I also truly believe that Newlands Primary is one of these great schools and one which I am proud my son attends.

I strongly believe in the Newlands Primary School vision of Nurture, Learn, Succeed Together. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.   However, the vision is just a statement without us all doing our part to build strong partnerships and relationships and support the work of the school in meeting this vision.  Together our community can achieve this vision.


Dwayne Venn

Hi my name is Dwayne Venn.  My son Carter is in Year 3 at Newlands Primary School and my older daughter Madison now attends Newlands College.  I really enjoy the environment and vibe that’s at this school and would enjoy being a part of carrying that on.

I have been a local for over 30 years and previously been involved in the Newlands Kindergarten committee helping to make changes to make the centre bigger and better for our children.


Katrina Bootsma

My name is Katrina Bootsma and I have been a part of the Newlands Primary School community since 2012, when our eldest daughter Charlotte started here. Charlotte is now at Newlands College, our son Noah is at Newlands Intermediate, and we still have Elijah at Newlands Primary School in Year 5.

I love the vibrancy and multicultural environment that our school fosters, along with the array of learning opportunities it provides. 

As a mum, someone with a disability, and a career as a Registered Nurse, I am passionate about the health and educational wellbeing of our school community.

I look forward to serving with the team.

Stuart Cross

I’m Stu and I have two children at Newlands Primary, one in Year 3 and the other is currently a new entrant. Our school provides an amazing environment to support the learning, emotional, and physical development of our tamariki.

As a Board member, I look forward to helping our school community to continue to thrive. Schools provide so much more for our children than just academic learning, they are their second home. By fostering a supportive environment we can ensure that our children can be the best version of themselves.

In my work, I help public organisations look after their assets, gain funding for larger projects, and develop organisational strategies. I’m hoping to put some of these skills to use on the Board.

Raji Ragini

My name is Raji Ragini, I have lived in the Newlands and Johnsonville area since 2016 after moving over from the United States. I am married to Kishor Ganeshrao and our son Aryan Bhat is in Year 4 (Manuka class) with Mrs Sarah Spencer.

I work in the public sector as a Senior People Insights & Reporting Analyst and have over 10 years of experience in IT, as well as a sales and training background from my previous work experience abroad.

I am passionate about education and feel it is a privilege to work in an area where we can help to grow great people.

I believe in a holistic experience with strong values, excellence in academic, sporting, and cultural endeavours, and a sense of belonging especially when our community is so very diverse. I would like to bring in empathy, listening, and action that will help grow happy and empowered future citizens of Newlands school.

Cath Kirkpatrick
Staff Representative


Shirley Porteous