The following Parents/Caregivers are serving as elected parent representatives on the Logan Park High School Board of Trustees: John Bradfield, Ronda Grills, Richard Mitchell, Sally Spittle and Mara Wolkenhauer.
Also on the Board are Kristan Mouat and Peter Hills (Co-Principals), Paul Fielding (Staff Representative) and Nico Alvarez Rey-Virag (2020-2021 Student Representative).
Board Secretary: Gemma Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
John has been a teacher of Mathematics for the past 25 years, including a five year period in the US.
He began his working life as a sheep shearer and this remains a favoured pastime, along with reading
and travel when time allows. John is married to Bee, who is also a teacher. They live in St Leonards
with their three daughters, who all attend or have attended Logan Park. John has been a member of the
LPHS Board of Trustees since 2016 and for the past four years has served as Board Chair. Throughout his
long involvement with Logan Park, John has championed the school’s emphasis on developing the
individual and helping students discover their own path. He believes in the importance of thinking critically
and maintaining a healthy scepticism.
Richard has been a tertiary educator for the past 20 years. As well as teaching and research, Richard has
also worked in policy at the DCC, with a focus on planning, development and strategy. Much of his work
in education has involved the role of positive psychology and student ownership of learning. Richard has
been a member of the LPHS Board of Trustees since 2019. He and his wife are former students of LPHS
and their two children also attend LPHS. He believes in the power of offering students a wide range of
learning opportunities and nurturing students’ passions and interests so that they may develop their
unique abilities and strengths.
Sally has been a teacher for the past 25 years in a diverse range of schools, ranging from Nelson to Hamilton
to the Far North. She is currently HOD of Art at Taieri College. She is married to Andrew, who is also a teacher.
Their daughter is a current student at Logan Park. Sally has a long association with Logan Park, with several
family members having attended and one having served on the Board. Sally has been a member of the
LPHS Board of Trustees since 2019. Sally celebrates the school’s reputation for academic and cultural excellence,
as well as its emphasis on inclusivity and opportunities for all.
Originally from Germany, Mara spent 17 years in Australia before moving to Dunedin five years ago to
take up a position as Business Development Manager at the University of Otago. She currently works
for the Department of Conservation as Principal Advisor, Science Investment. Mara has been a member
of the LPHS Board of Trustees since 2019. With a PhD in Marine Science and an almost completed MBA,
Mara brings with her a broad base of knowledge and experience. Mara’s first experience of Logan Park
was a memorable Open Day in 2017, during which she quickly realised that this was ‘her kind of school’.
She values integrity, transparency, happiness and creativity and seeks to nurture these qualities within
the school community in her current role.
Ronda has worked as an advocate, legal representative and in a quasi judicial role. She has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has been a member of many boards and panels at both local and national level. As a result of her advocacy work with schools and whanau, Ronda made the decision to retrain as a Primary School teacher. Ronda is a long serving member and past Chair of the LPHS Board of Trustees. She is married to Walter, and their two children are past students of Logan Park.
Paul Fielding has been a senior humanities teacher at Logan Park for the past 35 years. He is a House Dean,
as well as a keen coach of cricket and badminton. He has been involved in facilitating overseas travel for
numerous student groups to destinations including Vietnam, South Korea and the US. He is married to Karyn, who works for the Ministry of Education. They have two daughters. Paul has been the Staff Representative on the LPHS Board of Trustees since 2016. As one of the longest serving current staff members, it would be an understatement to say that Paul loves the school and intimately understands its spirit and strengths.
Nico is a Year 12 student at Logan Park. Nico has represented the school at a variety of events, both academic and sporting; most recently he represented Logan Park at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in Tauranga in 2020. Nico is passionate about languages and communication. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family and baking. After school, he would like to study something to do with the humanities or social sciences.
Information on the role of the Student Representative here.
Open Session Board Minutes