Who Are We?
My introduction to the school was as the local branch manager for ASB Bank and through this, I developed a great relationship with the school. Over the last 7 years, I have loved being part of the board and the progress we have made to make the school better for our children and teachers. My personal highlights have been the family fun days and productions that have been put on and seeing the enjoyment by all the children who attend/take part. The personal strength I bring to the board is my finance background and I offer a lot of guidance/support and ideas both on finance and other areas.
Kia ora koutou, my name is Gaylene Ward and my son Marshall has attended Wairau Valley Special School for the last 6 years.
I enjoy serving on the WVSS Board of Trustees as I am an active advocate for tamariki and rangatahi who are neurodiverse.
I believe in the school's holistic approach to learning and care and I support the inclusive principles of The Wairau Way. I also very much enjoy working with the talented team of teachers, therapists, specialists and support staff who all honour the Special Character of our school.