Methven Primary School Board

All of New Zealand’s state and state-integrated schools have a School Board. School board members are active leaders in our schools. They have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.

The Methven Primary School Board consists of the principal, a staff representative and six parent trustees elected by the parent community. The Methven Primary School Board has what is called a ‘rotating’ board. This means that we have Board elections every 18 months where only half the positions come up for election rather than all positions every three years. The Board members do an amazing amount of work behind the scenes to ensure that the school runs according to legislation – we appreciate their support and the positive working environment that exists.

Cameron Glass
Presiding Member

Chris Gibbs - MPS Board of Trustee

Chris Gibbs
Deputy Chairperson

Matt Turner

Pascal Kootstra

Victoria Leov

Andrea Toms

Sue Furndorfler

Cheryl Isherwood
Staff Representative

Michelle Bungard

About our School

School Type

  • Contributing Years 1 to 6

School Gender

  • Co-Educational

School Roll

  • 281 Current Students (11/10/2023)

Student Population


  • Preparing for our future through Making Pathways to the Stars.

STAR Values

  • Sporting
  • Trustworthy
  • Accepting
  • Responsible

Pathways to Learning

  • Communication
  • Hauora
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Self-regulation

Strategic Plan



Annual Report (Financial Statement)

Our Annual Report contains our school’s audited annual financial statements. These show how the board has used its funds to achieve its charter goals. The Annual report is to be submitted to the Ministry of Education by the 31st May each year, and as soon as possible after the audit is complete, the board publishes its annual report on this website so that it is available to the public for inspection.

Methven Primary School Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2022

2023 Meeting Dates

  • Wednesday 22 February
  • Wednesday 29 March
  • Wednesday 17 May
  • Wednesday 21 June
  • Wednesday 09 August
  • Wednesday 13 September
  • Wednesday 01 November
  • Wednesday 06 December

Meetings are usually held at 7:00pm in the Staffroom.

Please refer to our Event Calendar for up to date information.

ERO Review

The Education Review Office (Te Tari Arotake Matauranga) evaluates and reports on the education and care of children and young people in early childhood services and schools.

An ERO review looks at how an early learning service or school reaches positive learning outcomes – knowledge, skills, attitude and habits – for all children and young people. They are interested in what’s working well and where improvements can be made.

Their review process works with an early learning service or school’s own evaluation processes. It also supports a culture of ongoing improvement.

Reviewers are professional evaluators who’ve had many years of teaching experience before joining ERO. All have specific training in education evaluation.

Reviewers follow the State Services Commission’s Standards of Integrity and Conduct. Early childhood services and schools can expect review teams to be fair, impartial, responsible and trustworthy.

Once the review process is complete and the early childhood service or school has had a chance to take in and discuss the results, a final report is published on ERO’s website.

Methven Primary School’s last Education Review Office (ERO) report was released in March 2020.

ERO’s Overall Judgment

On the basis of the findings of this review, ERO’s overall evaluation judgement of Methven School’s performance in achieving valued outcomes for its students is: Well placed.

Key strengths of the school

For sustained improvement and future learner success, the school can draw on existing strengths in:

  • effective and thoughtful leadership that actively seeks to innovate for improvement
  • educationally powerful partnerships that focus on engaging teachers, students and whānau in collaborative learning
  • approaches to teaching and learning that prioritise empowering students and assisting them to self-manage their learning.

Next Steps

For sustained improvement and future learner success, priorities for further development are in:

  • the analysis and scrutiny of data to identify how well the school accelerates learning for those students who need this
  • building evaluative capability and effective use of internal evaluation to determine the effectiveness of processes and practices at all levels of the school.

If you would like to read the full report please click the following link: Methven Primary ERO Report