Our Community

The Knights Stream Community plays a significant part in the successful running of our school. Have a look at their work here.

Board of Trustees

Warren Read - Chairperson

Kia Ora koutou,

My name is Warren and for the past 5 years have lived in the Knights Stream Community. I am an enthusiastic follower of all sport and enjoy gardening, reading and listening to a variety of music. My wife, Sharon and I enjoy cooking and entertaining in our home and taking relaxing holidays together. I value spending time with my extended family and friends.

I was privileged to be the Chair of the Establishment Board that set up Knights Stream School and I am very proud of the school that has been established. It was such a great experience to set a school up from nothing to what we have today. But things never stand still and there is a still lot to do to continue the great work that has begun.

For many years I have been involved in working with people of all ages, ethnicities and experiences. The past 7 years have seen me employed at South West Baptist Church as a Pastor where I lead the ‘Care Team’. This gives me the absolute privilege of working with people through the ups and downs of life.

I am also currently on Trust Boards that govern a number of pre-schools in the South West of Christchurch and a social housing complex.

It is a privilege to serve on the current Board of Trustees and be part of a community that is thriving and growing.

Jared Blyth

Kia ora koutou – My name is Jared Blyth. I have lived in Longhurst for over 3 years with my wife Julia and our two daughters Sophie and Emily. I have many interests including playing and producing music and following most sports, and I am passionate about helping Knights Stream School succeed in every way possible.

As an elected parent representative, I bring a wealth of experience and technical skills to the Board, which I have gained from working in both the private and public sectors, in New Zealand and overseas, in several industries including legal, finance, and ICT. This strong background in organisation governance and valuable insight to the inner workings of successful boards means that I truly understand what ‘good governance’ looks like. This means setting clear educational goals and direction; implementing policies and procedures to support these goals; communicating these policies to all students, staff, and parents; and regularly reporting on our progress. It also includes budgeting, funding allocations, and risk management, contingency and succession planning.

If you haven’t met me or my wife Julia already down at the school (or the playground!), I certainly look forward to meeting you soon and continuing to be a part of the Knights Stream School community.

Kia ora koutou – My name is Jared Blyth. I have lived in Longhurst for over 3 years with my wife Julia and our two daughters Sophie and Emily. I have many interests including playing and producing music and following most sports, and I am passionate about helping Knights Stream School succeed in every way possible.

As an elected parent representative, I bring a wealth of experience and technical skills to the Board, which I have gained from working in both the private and public sectors, in New Zealand and overseas, in several industries including legal, finance, and ICT. This strong background in organisation governance and valuable insight to the inner workings of successful boards means that I truly understand what ‘good governance’ looks like. This means setting clear educational goals and direction; implementing policies and procedures to support these goals; communicating these policies to all students, staff, and parents; and regularly reporting on our progress. It also includes budgeting, funding allocations, and risk management, contingency and succession planning.

If you haven’t met me or my wife Julia already down at the school (or the playground!), I certainly look forward to meeting you soon and continuing to be a part of the Knights Stream School community.

Leigh Hurford - Junior School Team Leader

Kia ora, my name is Leigh Hurford. I am passionate about education, learning and doing the best for every child. Being elected as the staff representative on the Knights Stream School BOT is exciting and I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the other Board members to ensure we are doing the very best for the children at Knights Stream School.

I am married to Paul and we have three children – Mason, Greta and Conall. We live locally in Longhurst. Being able to teach in my local community means a lot to me.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with friends and family. We enjoy getting out and about – mountain biking, netball, rugby and spending the summer months in and on the water. I am also currently studying so this keeps me busy in the weekends.

Rebecca Jacka

Kia ora koutou, my name is Rebecca Jacka and I am married to Colin. We have two school age children, Amelia and Peter and have been living in Longhurst for two years now.

My background is in tourism, recreation, event management and marketing. I am also passionate about education and training; working with teenagers as a Cadet Force officer for many years, with adults to gain a National Certificate in Adult Education & Training, and with younger learners through my own children and the Playcentre Diploma in Early Childhood Education. My interests include bushcraft and outdoor activities, painting and art, spending time with friends and family and Canterbury history. My free time is currently spent coordinating suicide bereavement courses for a not-for-profit and as a trustee for Tiptree Cottage, a historic building and living museum.

It is an absolute privilege to represent the parents of the Knights Stream School community and to be able to play a part in such an important facet of our children’s lives. Our school’s mission seems entirely fitting to the role of those on the school board: “Together we inspire, challenge and empower.” I’m very excited to be working with such a keen and talented team as the KSS Board and to have the opportunity to empower the awesomely dedicated, professional and charismatic school staff team. I am confident that, together with the school community as a whole, we are making a positive difference, preparing “Courageous learners who positively influence the world.”

Mike Molloy - Principal | Tumuaki

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
Tihei mauriora
Ko Ōtūmatua te Maunga
Te Waihora to roto
Ko Ōpouira te kuinga
Ko Huritini te awa
E te manuhiri tuarangi
Haere mai, haere mai, nau mai
Ko mātou ēnei te kura Mingimingi Hautoa
Ko Mike Molloy ahau
Ko te tumuaki o te kura Mingimingi Hautoa, ara ā Knights Stream School ahau
Nau mai, haere mai
Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa

Kia ora, namaste, Nǐ hǎo, halēā, Kamusta, S̄wạs̄dī, Hej, yeoboseyo, Hēllō, Konnichiwa, talofa, salaam Olá and hello.

I have the privilege of being the Foundational Principal of Knights Stream School. I really enjoy working in the full primary sector and love being part of a school community. I have been involved in education for nearly 20 years and most of these in a leadership position.

As a leader these are my guiding principles:

• I lead by example
• I believe in school values, they underpin school culture
• I believe leadership is based around trust, positive relationships and effective communication
• I can see the bigger picture, I’ll lead you there!
• My door is usually open but please understand that I’m not always available. Even though I’m busy, I’ll still make quality time for you
• I love challenges and finding solutions. Let’s work on them together
• I don’t live in a corner, my office is everywhere in the school
• I have high expectations because I want the best for the children
• The staff I work with have my unconditional support
• I take my job seriously and I can laugh at myself. A sense of humour is essential in the role of a Principal
• I get fully involved in all aspects of school life – ‘On book day you can expect to see Bob the Builder or Peter Pan.’

I look forward to seeing you around your new school!

Zelda Yates

Hi I am Zelda Yates from the KSS – Board Of Trustees. I am married to Hayden and the proud mother of 2 children at Knights Stream School; Brooke and Caleb.

My background is in Project Management/Process Improvement for Spark NZ Ltd, which allows me to work with all types of people and create successful outcomes through effective teamwork. I am also a very proud Spark Foundation Ambassador which has allowed me to combine my professional skills with my love for my community through projects like Givealittle, The Electric Garden and the Spark Jump programme. Outside of work, my family and I enjoy each other, sports, spending time with our friends and family and being an active part of our community wherever the need is.

We have lived in the Longhurst/Knight Stream community for the past 4.5 years and have seen it grow.. and grow… and grow. I always felt our community was missing something and with the introduction of Knights Stream School, we now have a community heart and home, with its wonderful staff, amazing families and awesome children!

I am really excited about being part of a team whose sole purpose is to make a tangible difference in the future of our children, our teachers and our community. I am looking forward to learning and developing through this role If you see me around the school or community, please come and say ‘Hi’

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