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Richard Aitken

Kia ora. My name is Richard Aitken and my family and I have been living in Invercargill for nearly five years now. As such, we are pleased to call Southland home. Our children are in Years Two and Four and so I feel that I still have time to make a valuable contribution to Waihopai School. I am currently the Vicar of St John’s Anglican Parish, but have formerly been the Principal of Tomahawk Primary School in Dunedin and a classroom teacher and Team Leader at Cockle Bay School and King’s Prep School in Auckland. I bring a strong educational background to the Board as well as an ability to relate to a wide range of people from across our school community. I have served as an elected member of the NZ School Trustees Association Southland Regional Executive, and currently act as a Director of the Rwenzori Special Needs Foundation. I have formerly been chairperson of both the Southland Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board and the South Centre Trust Board.
Allan Mitchell
Allan as principal is on the board as a condition of his job.  He has been at Waihopai for 5 1/2 years. He has had 17 years of Principalship at Otatara, Clifton and St Patricks Schools prior to coming to Waihopai. He is a father of three adult children and is married to Judith.  He is involved in Rotary, a director of Enrich@ILT, also involved in Invercargill's "I Love Teaching" International conference held in Invercargill every second year.  He is passionate about children, the best education for your child and Waihopai being the best school it can be.
Campbell Froude

I am Cam Froude and I am pleased to be reelected for a second term on the board at Waihopai School.

I am proud to be back home after spend a number of years overseas. I am married to Nickalette and we have 3 wonderful children with the youngest 2 at Waihopai School in years 4 and 6. Before my current role at Fonterra I was working as a PADI Dive Instructor. Scuba diving is still my passion and now is something I enjoy in my spare time.

Waihopai is a great school and it is great to be part of it. I believe the school working with the community is important to help our children. Also student achievement is a real focus for me with any decisions we make for the school.