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 year (the next election is in 2022)

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.

Sean Horgan - BoT chairperson:

Kia ora koutou. After many years living away from New Zealand our family returned home and settled in Cambridge in 2016. Lisa and I have a daughter, Sophie, who is at Cambridge High School while our son Ethan is an Explorer at Goodwood.

After studying at Waikato University a number of years ago, I have spent most of my career in the energy sector. Currently I am the Chief Executive for an electricity distribution business as well as aDirector for a hydroelectric company and a member of an advisory Board for a Crown entity.

I’ve been impressed by the quality of education and the progressive culture of Goodwood - a reflection of the energy and commitment that our staff and parents have invested in our children and school. As a member of the BoT I want to ensure that we continue this momentum while empowering our Explorers to become curious, connected and caring people who will make a difference.

Ngā mihi, Sean

Kia ora koutou katoa, ni hao, greetings to you all!

My name is Chris Garland and I serve as the staff trustee for the BOT at Goodwood School. I have been a Yr 5-6 teacher here at Goodwood since 2014 and senior team leader for the past five years. I am born and bred in Cambridge and live here with my wife Marie, energetic four-year-old Gus and cheeky one-year-old Thea

I am committed to teaching at Goodwood and appreciate the opportunity to delve into the inner workings of a school, helping to make decisions that help shape experiences for our learners.  

Kia ora! Ko Julia Murphy ahau.

Hi everyone, I’m Julia Murphy, proud parent of one Goodwood explorer, one Goodwood alumni and wife of the very useful Aidan! I am proud to have been a part of the Goodwood family for more than 6 years, in varying capacities – parent, helper on stalls, cake baker, part of the awesome PTA and now, I am honoured to be a part of the Goodwood Board of Trustees.

I’m a full time working parent and understand the stresses parents can experience as a result. As a parent representative on the BoT, I aim to provide a voice in supporting our leadership team, teachers and importantly, our explorers. I’m a human resources/people and culture professional and I understand the importance of a great culture and the need to listen to all voices, asking good questions, holding people to account and, importantly, putting our explorers at the heart of everything we do.

I’m proud of the success of our kura and there are many ways parents can be a part of it.  

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

I have been the principal of Goodwood School for the past four years, 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 our amazing region.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matāwaka o ngā hau e wha, e rau tangata- tehei mauri ora! Ko Jayne Dahlberg ahau. 

Greetings and hello! I’m Jayne Dahlberg, an educationalist “nerd”, coffee enthusiast, local business owner/operator and “Mum” to two Goodwood explorers who keep me on my toes and entertained. I have an identical twin, Vikki, who is also a parent of two Goodwood explorers. I know that we can inadvertently make things a bit confusing for others at times!

Being a part of the Goodwood team is special and I’ve enjoyed a few different connections with our school over the years. In addition to my parenting role, I’ve had a lot of fun teaching at Goodwood as a classroom teacher a couple of times since 2007, most recently in 2016. I get a lot of joy from seeing past students thriving and a real buzz when they stop and fill me in on their latest learnings. I am currently an active participant of the Cambridge Community of Learning Kahui Ako through my employment as Manager Kaiwhakahaere at Grow Early Education. This gets me collaborating and learning alongside some talented local school leaders, educators and mana whenua including from Goodwood. Most recently, I feel very honoured to have been voted on to the Goodwood School BoT. Together we form a group passionate about supporting Goodwood School to be providing the very best conditions for our kids to learn in. 

There’s so much to love about our school! 

Hi Goodwood Community my name is Robyn Marsh.  

I am mum to two Goodwood explorers and have been a Goodwood parent for coming up 6 years. 


I feel honoured to be part of the BoT team as we all share passion, drive and commitment in helping Goodwood achieve its vision, strategic and annual goals all set out in the School Charter. 


The forefront to my purpose in joining the Board is to ensure all of our tamariki can excel and be a part of a culture that gives each child confidence and sets them up to be a life long explorer well after their Goodwood years.


Like a Goodwood explorer GRIT means a lot to me and I take these values into the BOT environment.

I am a chartered accountant and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and I am fortunate to take on the Board’s Treasurer role.  

I am motivated to ensure all our explorers benefit from the resources we have available to enhance their experiences and learning while at Goodwood.



Goodwood School - 2020 Annual Report