Goodwood School

Welcome to Goodwood School. We are proud of our school and are focused on empowering our children to become curious, connected and caring lifelong explorers who will make a difference.

As the Board of Trustees (BoT) it is our role to support the Goodwood leadership team to create an environment where our explorers can excel while ensuring that we have a culture built around sustainability and inclusiveness.

Goodwood BoT can be contacted at: 

Board of Trustees

All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a BoT. The BoT is responsible for showing leadership and taking a strategic view of Goodwood’s educational programme. It is accountable for ensuring that Goodwood is run in the best interests of our explorers, staff and community through monitoring the schools performance and engaging with the community as needed.

The principal is the board’s “chief executive” and has complete discretion to manage the day-to-day administration of the school as they think fit, so long as it complies with the board’s policy decisions.

Who is on the Board of Trustees?

At Goodwood School, our Board is made up of:

 The principal of the school

 One elected staff representative

 Five parent elected trustees

 Co-opted trustees (as needed)

Trustees are elected by the parent community and staff members. Elections for both staff and parent elected trustees are held every three years.

Board of Trustees' Meetings

The Board meets roughly once a month between February and December, see school calendar for details. Meetings are open to the public, however they are not public meetings where everyone has the right to speak. Speaking rights can be granted in advance by the Board Chair. In some instances, parts of Board meetings are closed to the public when the Board is discussing confidential matters.

Brenda van Zyl - BOT Chairperson:

Kia Ora Goodwood Whanau,


I have been a Goodwood parent since March 2020 and both my children are now happy Goodwood explorers.


I joined the Board in order to contribute back to the community that my children are being raised in, to support our teachers to be engaged and effective in their roles, and to support the maintenance of an environment that allows for the sustained growth of all explorers, no matter their abilities.


I look forward to working closely with the Goodwood team over the coming years.

Brenda Bell: BoT Secretary

I have been a Goodwood School parent since April 2019.

I joined the Board to help continue and build upon the excellent work the Goodwood team have achieved to date, and I look forward to working with the school community over the next few years.

James Ma:

Kia Ora

I have been a proud Goodwood parent since 2019. My daughter loves going to school every single day. 

I joined the Board to contribute to this great school and the Cambridge community with my knowledge and experience. I’m looking forward to working with the Goodwood team to continue the excellent work it always achieves.

Simon Corbett:

Kia ora

Since 2018 I’ve been a proud Goodwood parent - currently both my children, Joshua and Sasha, are explorers at Goodwood School.  

Along with my wife, Rebecca, we’ve been part of the wider Cambridge community since 2014.  I joined the board to ensure that I can help to leave the school in the position that we found it in; supportive, encouraging and focused on fostering the ability for all explorers to grow to be the best they can be.  

I’m looking forward to working with the wide range of experience that is on the current board and within the school leadership team to ensure that Goodwood continues the great reputation it already has.

Daz Hansen:

Kia Ora Goodwood Whanau,


I have been a Goodwood parent since the end of March 2021, Sadie has loved every minute of her time as an explorer


I joined the Board as a way to contribute to the community and school that will have a significant influence in the upbringing of my daughter. As a former teacher I am interested in providing support to our teachers to help them produce explorers that are keen and independent learners who are prepared, excited and ready for the next step of their educational journey. 


I look forward to working closely with the Goodwood team over the coming years.

Tori Goble - Staff Representative 

Kia Ora Goodwood Whānau, 

I have been a teacher at Goodwood School since November 2021. Prior to this, I was teaching in my hometown, New Plymouth. 

I feel privileged to be teaching at Goodwood School and appreciate the opportunity to work alongside the Board of Trustees to make decisions to benefit all at our kura. I am fortunate to work alongside a knowledgeable and dedicated team who care deeply for all.

David Graham:

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

I have been the principal of Goodwood School since 2015, prior to this I have been the principal of schools in Auckland, the King Country and the Waikato. 

Goodwood is fortunate to have a dedicated and capable board of trustees who support the work of an outstanding teaching and support team. Our school has a proud tradition of excellence, innovation and care, empowering life-long explorers who make a difference. We work and learn in a beautiful and well resourced campus at the heart of a supportive community.

When I am not at school I can often be found cycling around our amazing region


Goodwood Charter - 2023


Goodwood School - 2020 Annual Report