Andy van Ameyde
Chairperson. Parent Representative, Education Consultant
I have been a parent elected representative of the Board of Trustees since the school integrated in 1996. My wife, Jo-Ann and I have six children, all of whom have attended Middleton Grange School from new entrant level with the youngest graduating in 2012 and so we have had the wonderful blessing of being involved with the school for the past 25 years. Jo-Ann is also an ex pupil of the school.
As a Board we continue to challenge the boundaries of pupil achievement and stimulate high levels of pupil motivation within the context of a Christian world view. Our pupils need to leave Middleton Grange with the faith, skills and knowledge to make a difference for Christ in our nation. Christian staff are our school’s most valuable resource who need every opportunity and support to continue to develop their teaching skills with a particualr emphasis on special character delivery.
I am employed part time by the Christian Schools in Christchurch as Christian Schools Coordinator. This means I am based on the school site which allows me to spend time during the day supporting our principal in my role as board chair.
Deputy Chairperson. Parent Representative, Consultant
I am married (over 25 years) and a father of three. Two sons and one daughter, all past school age. I Love family, friends and photography. My background is in business. (My wife and I owned a large photographic lab with several staff for 13 years.)
Over the last 12 years I have been a trainer & facilitator of school boards delivering training on effective governance. I have also served on two other school boards. This is my second term on Middleton’s board.
As a volunteer service to the community I run a ‘Firewood Mission’ with a team of other volunteers.
Parent Representative, IT Consultant
I was elected as parent rep to the BoT in 2010. I have worked in the Information & Technology field for the last 18 years.
My wife and I have 4 boys, three of them are currently in the primary school at MGS. Our family love being part of this school and I see it is a privilege to be able to serve as a BoT Member. This school has an incredible heritage and with our 50th year celebrations coming up in 2014 it is really exciting to see the growth.
I hope can use my skills to support the school at a governance level, to help preserve the schools “Special Character,” and that our children continue to receive a high quality Christian education.
Parent Representative, Business Administrator
Every year I am more involved with the governance of Middleton Grange School, I’m more convinced of the absolute essence of keeping Christ at the centre of Christian education. As a Board member I always try to oversee how the policy will improve student outcomes, be it in academic excellence in character building or in skill development. But if these outcomes become goals in themselves, I believe, we are on the wrong track as a Christian school. In a close cross pollination between School and Family, students leaving Middleton Grange School should have the knowledge, courage and character to dare to stand out for Christ, while being fully involved with the world around them. Being on the BOT for the 5th year makes that I oversee the consequences of policy change easier and have affinity with what’s happening in the different parts of this wonderful school.
Having our oldest daughter leave as a Yr 13 last year, I’ve now experienced first-hand all the different areas of MGS as a parent. We still have two sons in senior college who both started their education at MGS in Yr 1.
My husband Arjen and I run Ariki Seed, a hybrid vegetable seed company and I work at the Netherlands Consulate. As a family we attend the Dovedale Reformed Church where I am a study leader for a women’s bible study group and my husband and I have the great privilege of being the youth parents for our awesome youth group.
Middleton Grange School is a greatly blessed school and I pray it will bless as many young people and their families as possible.
Parent Representative’ Teacher
Hi I’m Ruth Coapman – happily married to Walter for 22 1/2 years and Mum to teenagers, currently attending Middleton Grange. I have two main jobs – By day, I am a primary school teacher – working at a local school and by night a mum/taxidriver/chef/cleaner/negotiater!
I am passionate about my relationship with Jesus, growing godly kids and serving others.
After all my years teaching and seeing many changes to the curriculum and how it is implemented - I still love my job! I still love working with young people, helping them become self-managed, life long learners.
Middleton Grange is a great school. As a parent rep on the Board of Trustees, I enjoy working alongside a very skilled group of people, dedicated to seeing Middleton Grange honour God through its policies, goals, curriculum, teaching practices and the ways it encourages its young people to become the best they can be. As changes occur, I especially enjoy the process of recruiting others to Middleton who share our vision and passion and who are a great fit for the school.
Proprietor Representative, Development Manager
I clearly remember how thrilled I was in 1964 when Middleton Grange School commenced in Christchurch. Little did I know that I would have the privilege of being involved with the school for so long. I commenced as the school Executive Officer in 1986 and remain heavily involved as a member of the Christian Schools’ Trust and also the Board of Trustees. As a CST representative on the Board I am passionate about ensuring the special character of the school remains true to the original vision.
As a an ex-parent and grandparent of current and past pupils I see the results of an education at Middleton Grange and I am as convinced, as I was in 1964, of the benefits in every area of life, and particularly the potential for spiritual growth in the lives of our children and young people.
It is a privilege to serve with a group of people who are like-minded in their commitment to Middleton Grange and the future of Christian education.
Proprietor Representative, Retired Teacher
Having served on the MGS staff for 31 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed being on the governance side of the table as a proprietors' representative, for my second term.I trust I can bring a different perspective with institutional knowledge, as well as focus on the special character of the school. I am especially interested in curriculum development, related to the Foundation Principles.
Relating to a prayerful,dynamic group of Board members, with a sense of humour, as well as seriousness over the school's Christian character, is a wonderful privilege.
After graduating from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Commerce, I moved to Christchurch and attended Christchurch College of Education.
I taught Commerce (Accounting, Economics) at Hornby High School and Hamilton Boys’ High before securing a position at Cambridge High School as Assistant Principal. After 3 years, my wife convinced me to move back to Christchurch as Assistant Principal for one year at Cashmere High School.
I then was fortunate to gain a position at Hillmorton High School for the next 5 years as Deputy Principal. During this time I completed a Master of Educational Administration with first class honours and won an exciting scholarship called the Winston Churchill Fellowship. This allowed me to visit high academic performing schools in low socio-economic areas of the East Coast of America. This was an amazing experience to see pupils with disadvantaged backgrounds being given excellent academic opportunities.
In 2001 I moved to Middleton Grange School, initially as an Assistant Director of the International College before becoming Associate Principal in 2002 and Principal in 2010.
I married the beautiful lady I first met when I moved to Christchurch and have four wonderful children. I enjoy road biking and have competed (with pain but no glory) in a number of cycle races. My latest hobby is gold prospecting which is not going as well as I hoped.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce you to Middleton Grange School. Middleton Grange is much more than a school: it is a learning community with talented staff and pupils. It is a school that offers great opportunities for academic excellence, character development and spiritual formation. It is a school that exists to give glory to God!
God called into being two key institutions as the foundations for order in His Creation. These institutions are the family and the church.
Middleton Grange School is clear about its mandate to support families as prime educators and to work co-operatively with the church to "train up children in the way they should go". We take this responsibility seriously and seek to serve the family, the church, and the wider world by challenging young people to respond to the Christian faith, integrate their faith with their learning and take their faith, as ambassadors, out into the wider world.
The sense of family and partnership is enhanced by the wonderful unity we enjoy as a school community around core values based on Biblical principles. This makes Middleton much more than a school. It is a compassionate community in which the God-given gifts and talents are celebrated and nurtured.
God calls each one of us to do whatever we are doing excellently as though we were doing it for Him and not for ourselves. Personal best is a universal expectation in this school.
On this basis Middleton Grange School delivers the New Zealand Curriculum in a quality fashion from a Biblical perspective. It offers an impressive array of co-curricular activities.
I look forward to welcoming your family to Middleton Grange School.
I am in year 12, and I have attended Middleton since 2011. My predominant contributions to school life are in the Arts and Humanities. I love theatre, performing, acting and singing. I am a member of the Crescendos and co-directed Middleton’s 2012 Stage Challenge entry.
I am a passionate advocate for social justice and have a personal interest in governance, politics, legality and ethics. Currently I am junior treasurer for the P.Y.L.A.T Council (a branch from the PYLAT Pacific Youth Parliament) and on the executive committee for the F.O.C.Y.S Whanau Ora (Fanau Ola) Canterbury Pacific Youth Sector.
As Middleton’s Student Trustee I will do my utmost to make sure that that every Board decision is carefully weighed up in regard to the impact on pupils; that pupil consultation and participation is seen as crucial and, when appropriate, utilised in the decision making process and that the perspectives of the minority ethnic groups in the school are taken into account for the school to be like one unified body as in 1st Corinthians 12:1-31.
Proprietor Representative, Manager
Staff Representative, Teacher
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