Talofa. I have been the Board chairperson since 2007. I attended St Joseph’s as a young boy and have been part of the community for many years. I am passionate about growing the school.
Witam. I have been in education for a number of years. My experiences started at St Peter’s College, then Baradene, St Kentigern College and St Therese Catholic School. I have also had 6 years overseas, experiencing other curriculums and other teaching environments. My experience overseas has strengthened my view that the New Zealand Curriculum is one of the best.
My role at St Joseph’s is to ensure that every child can have every opportunity to experience as many different educaional settings as they can, whether it is in the classroom or outside and that they leave this school with a deeper understanding of their faith journey in life.
Hi, my name is Don Bennett and I am a parent representative on the Board of Trustees at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Grey Lynn. I am a retired Real Estate agent from Australia and have lived in Auckland, New Zealand since 2004. Over the past 5 years I have been self- employed.
My son Kirkland Bennett has been at St Joseph’s Catholic School, Grey Lynn for the past 2 years in years 5 & 6 and now has progressed to St Paul’s College.
I am looking forward to working with the committee and to give my support and knowledge to help the school achieve their goals.
God Bless and always be kind to each other.
Old St Joseph’s girl from 1973-1980, mum of 7, committed BOT & parish member of both St Josephs’ school & St Josephs’ parish of Grey Lynn. Strong believer in what our school has to offer & this shows in all our children’s achievements throughout each year. I love my old school & believe in giving our students & school all opportunities available out there for their education and needs. I always push myself to be a strong voice & support for our school. The teachers I had when attending this school, my parents & college teachers, are part of what made me who I am as a person today.
Born and raised in Grey Lynn, I am “St Joseph’s Grey Lynn for life!”
My family have been active members of St Joseph’s Catholic Parish going on three generations now (40 years). I am an ex-student of St Joseph’s school as are my three siblings, closest relatives and friends. My eldest son will continue the family tradition and has started this year in Year 1.
In addition to being one of the Proprietor’s Representatives, I also serve as Chair of the Finance sub-committee and member of the Special Character and Property sub-committees.
I am a lawyer by profession having practiced in various areas of the law until discovering my passion for International Trade law and Agriculture & Fisheries law which I specialise in. My work has allowed me to serve as legal advisor to international governments, international organisations including the United Nations, the World Bank etc… and has allowed me to work with people from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.
St Joseph’s gave me that initial foundation in self belief, passion, kindness, strong work ethic, friendships… and most importantly it helped water the seed of my Catholic faith planted by my family. All of these values have enabled me to achieve what I have, and there have been some amazing career moments where I’ve found myself sitting there thinking “who would’ve thought a girl like me from St Joseph’s would be here…” J
For me (and many others I know), St Joseph’s is more than just a school. It is an integral part of the Parish and Grey Lynn communities. It is home. It is family.
I am privileged and blessed to be home and serving my old school in this way. And I look forward to meeting as many of our school family members current and past.
My son has attended St Joseph’s since 2012. I love the close community relationships we have at St Joseph’s and the strong focus we have on values and faith building.