The School Board

The School Board

The School Board provides strategic leadership and direction to their school or kura. The board works in partnership with the community, principal, teachers, support staff, and the government to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students.

The board is accountable for student progress and achievement to its parents, community and the Crown. The board has the overall responsibility and accountability for the school or kura. The legal responsibilities of school Boards are determined by the Education and Training Act 2020.

Board members represent the community and benefit from the input of parents.
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Southland Girls’ High School Board:

  • Presiding Member: Aaron McKenzie
  • Deputy Presiding Member: Chris Lucy
  • Principal: Yvonne Browning
  • Staff Board Member: Sue Mattingly
  • Student Board Member: Ashleigh Putt-Fallows
  • Board Member: Kelly Tagg
  • Board Member: Nick Perham
  • Co-opted Board Member: Aaron Drake
  • Co-opted Board Member: Trudy Slee
  • Board Secretary: Deb Hay

Please click on the links below to read more about each Board Member:

Aaron McKenzie, Presiding Member

Board Chair

Kia ora,
I was elected to the board in 2019 and am employed as Corporate Agribusiness Manager at the BNZ. I am married to Megan who is an alumni of Southland Girls High School and current staff member. We have three children – Amelia who graduated from SGHS in 2019 and now attends Otago University, Paige who is a current Year 11 student at SGHS and a son Max who attends Southland Boys’ High School.

I am a strong advocate for our students to receive the very best education possible: to be actively engaged in a school environment that both motivates and inspires them to be the very best they can be. To ensure they have full access to the school curriculum: academic, sporting, arts and culture and relevant life skills.

Southland Girls’ High School provides an excellent education for its students and produces confident, well rounded young women ready to take on the world.

The challenge in today’s world is delivering a high level of education consistently. That takes a considerable amount of effort by teachers, support staff and other stakeholders with the support and leadership of a strong BOT.

Chris Lucy, Deputy Presiding Member

Deputy Board Chair

My name is Chris Lucy and I am a Detective Sergeant in the NZ Police, currently in charge of the CIB in Winton and Western Southland.

My daughter Jessica is in year 11 and I also have a son in Year 8 at James Hargest College.

Having worked with young people for a number of years, I have seen first hand the results of those who haven’t had the best start to life. In my capacity as a board member I want to ensure the best possible outcome for all our students. To provide them with every opportunity to grow and flourish in a safe and nurturing environment – academically, sporting and culturally.

In my spare time I am an avid surfer and love riding waves at the local beaches,  I am president of the Southland Boardriders Assn. Family time is important and I can also be found cheering on our children in their chosen pursuits.

Kelly Tagg, Board Member

Parent Rep

Hi – I am Kelly Tagg and work in the busy role of Community Partnership Leader at the Southland District Council.  My daughter, Sydney is in Year 10 at SGHS.

I have really enjoyed my time to date as a parent representative on the Southland Girls’ High School Board of Trustees, where the focus is very much on developing an inclusive learning environment, where our girls have every opportunity to achieve their goals.

I especially enjoy working cohesively with such a great group of people, and to help grow our girls into fantastic women of the future.

Nick Perham, Board Member

Kia ora tătou

Parent Rep

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Nŏ Ǒtautahi Ahau

Ko Perham tŏku whănau

Ko Nick tŏku ingoa

Hi – I am Nick Perham, proud father of Oasis who is in Year 9 at SGHS, Zander (Year 9 at SBHS), and Athena (Year 5 at Waihopai School), and husband to my lovely wife Sera.

It is a great honour to part of the Board of Trustees as a parent rep, and to work with such passionate and capable people. I am a strong advocate for ensuring that strong values drive our girl’s education, as well as opportunities for them to succeed in their goals.

As a job, I currently work in the area of Business Planning for Department for Conservation – where I get to see some of Aotearoa’s most wonderous sites. I have a real passion for community and try to help out where I can. In my spare time I am involved in my local Lions Club, am a trustee of Borland Lodge Education trust, and an active member of the Orepuki Church.

“Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei”

“Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain”

This whakatauki (proverb) is a great motto for our girls to succeed, it calls for us to aim high or for what is truly valuable, and to be persistent and don’t let obstacles stop us from reaching our goals.

Sue Mattingly, Staff Board Member

Staff Representative

Southland Girls’ High School has been an important part of my life. I was the second generation of my family to attend SGHS and have now taught at SGHS for over 15 years. I have a clear vision to support our students in their learning to achieve at a high level consistently, and to support all staff in helping to deliver a quality math’s curriculum.

My role on the board allows me to contribute a staff perspective on governance matters and to maintain a collaborative relationship between the board, staff and students to ensure SGHS continues to be a school of excellent and where young woman are encouraged to pursue their goals with enthusiasm.

Trudy Slee, Co-opted Board Member

Co-opted Trustee

My name is Trudy Slee, and I am married to Richard. We own a farm near Blackmount and I am also involved in event coordination.

Our daughter Sarah currently attends SGHS as Year 10 student and boards during the week at Enwood House.

I am a strong supporter of SGHS being able to provide the best education possible to all the girls that walk through our red doors, through quality teaching and quality learning. 

We also need to ensure the girls’ have access to the best opportunities and experiences to help them grow and develop, so that they are ready for the next stage in their lives while making good friends for life.

The school is proud of the quality and caring boarding house environment offered, a home away from home, for Southland farming families to send their daughters. 

In my spare time I enjoy staying active with box fit and love being in the outdoors.

Aaron Drake, Co-opted Board Member

Information to come.

Ashleigh Putt-Fallows, Student Board Member for 2021

Kia Ora,

Student Rep

Ko Ash ahau. I am a year 13 student at SGHS.

My vision for SGHS in 2021 is that we will have an inclusive school community who works towards sustainability for te taiao, ngā tāngata, ā tātou ahurea me ā tātou akoranga. I want to see a continuously supportive school community for everyone, that helps to educate students in a way that will prepare them for life. 

As the student rep, I will be able to bring youth and a student perspective to the BOT to hopefully better the student experience and encourage education. 

A fun fact about me is that I have 5 animals at home. 2 dogs, 2 cats and my sisters bunny.

Yvonne Browning, Principal

Board Meeting Dates

Meeting Dates 2021

Term 1 24 February, 31 March
Term 2 26 May, 30 June
Term 3 25 August, 22 September
Term 4 02 November, Wednesday 01 December

Meeting Minutes are available by emailing the Board Secretary:



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