School Board

The Board is the governing body of the school consisting of five elected community representatives, a staff representative, the Principal and up to 4 co-opted members.

The Board’s role includes responsibility for property, personnel, and finances, reporting to the audit office and the community, and ensuring the quality of delivery of the teaching curriculum.

The Board holds scheduled monthly meetings commencing at 7.00pm in the school staffroom. Anyone is most welcome to attend meetings as an observer. Copies of meeting minutes are available from the school office. The School Charter, School Policies and Education Review Office Reports are also available.

Paraparaumu Beach School Board Members:

Chairperson – Zoe Pearson
Principal – Jess Ward
Kate Fiske
Pembroke Chambers
Jim Dryburgh
Lisa Patterson
Staff Rep – Cath Franks
Secretary – Marie Barfoote

Financial Statements

To read the 2020 PBS Financial Statements click here PBS – 2020 Unaudited Financial Accounts

Board Notices & Agendas

Meet Your Board Members

Zoe Pearson – Board Chair

I have two children at PBS, in Years 5 and 7. We have lived in Kāpiti for four and a half years, and feel lucky to have settled in this community. I have a legal background, completing LLB, LLM and PhD degrees in Law in New Zealand and Australia, and have worked mainly in the legal field in government and academia in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I have also had voluntary roles with various non-profit and community organisations, including Girl Guiding New Zealand, Trade Aid, and Conservation Volunteers. Most recently and locally, my family and I have been involved in the Friends of Tikotu Stream group that looks after the plantings alongside the stream at the southern end of Gray Ave. I have a strong passion for the environment and I prefer to be outside in the garden, at the beach or in the bush when I get any spare time.

I am committed to ensuring PBS continues to be a place where all children can thrive and achieve their potential, and to support staff and senior management in what are challenging roles. Listening to and facilitating the involvement of parents and whānau in their children’s learning and the life of the school is also something I feel is hugely important.

I value the diversity of opportunities that are offered to students at PBS and the supportive school environment, and I try to assist with these opportunities as far as I can. You might see me helping in the school gardens from time to time, or checking the rat traps with the Paraparaumu Bird Savers. Seeing children try new things, challenging themselves, working together, gaining confidence and independence is something that I’ve felt privileged to witness on the number of different occasions I’ve been lucky enough to attend school activities or
camps as a parent helper.


Pembroke Chambers

Ko Ranginui e tū iho nei
Ko Papatuanuku e takoto ake nei
Ko Tane Mahuta mā te Ira Tangata
Ka tipu ko ngā mātua tipuna
Me ā ratou taonga tuku iho
I waihoatia rātou hei oranga
Mō tatou te iwi Māori

I have worked in the education sector for 20 years. In that time, I have had various roles from classroom teacher to Principal. I have also worked for the University of Auckland as a professional expert in Physical Education and my current role is with Nuku Ora (formerly Sport Wellington) as the Manager of Healthy Active Learning.

I am in my second term of being a member of Paraparaumu Beach School’s Board of Trustees. I enjoy working alongside fellow PBS parents passionate about positively contributing to the governance of the school.

I have a daughter in Year 7 and a son at College. In my spare time, I can often be found coaching sports teams, watching sports, or transporting my children to sports. My other interests include visiting new places, physical activity and spending quality time with friends and whānau.


Jim Dryburgh

Hi there.  I am Jim, a Scotsman brought up in a wee seaside town; Dunoon in Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland at the southern end of the Scottish Highlands.

Prior to coming to New Zealand I enjoyed a thirty year career in the British Army, travelling widely, which is why our five children are born in Cyprus, England, Belgium and New Zealand!

I arrived in New Zealand in 2005 and did an almost seamless transfer from the British Army to the New Zealand Army. My career has been in military communications, with spells as a professional trainer, HR career manager and international relations practitioner.

In January this year after 46 years of military service, shared between two commonwealth armies, I finally hung up my boots to become a Defence civilian and I am currently the Chief of Staff of the Chief Information Officer’s department at Defence.

I am a graduate of the Royal Military Sandhurst, a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand and I hold a Masters Degree in Information Management from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria Unversity of Wellington. I am a qualified Chartered Manager and Fellow of both the Austaralasian Institute of Leadership and Management and the UK Chartered Management Institute. I am a Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, qualified as a Company Director and currently pursuing Chartered status through the Institute of Directors. I am also an accredited facilitator in the Arbinger Institute Philosophy of Outwards Mindset and an accredited practitioner of the Riders and Elephants Emotional Culture philosophy. I am the current chair of the Paraparaumu Memorial RSA Poppy Trust.

My wife Heather and I have been fortunate to have had three happy children of our five, pass through the excellent care of the staff at Paraparaumu Beach School and we both feel that it is a great privilege to have the opportunity to support the pupils, staff and parents of PBS by giving my time to serve as a Board Trustee.

In what spare time I have these days, you will find me pottering in my robot factory (the shed at the end of the drive) making robot sculptures out of donated and scrounged junk!

Lisa Patterson

I have many years’ experience in the tertiary education sector including undergraduate and postgraduate study, working and lecturing. For the past two years I have been working towards a PhD in Computer Science, Cybersecurity. I am currently contracted in the design and delivery of a new qualification.

Previously I have worked in corporate financial services, and I co-owned a local small business. Having been a full-time single parent, I am empathetic with the struggles that many of our school whanau face. I have a passion for education and the possibilities that it enables and facilitates.

Kate Fiske

Kia ora PBS whānau. I have two children at PBS, in Year’s 3 and 5, and a toddler who will be shouldering her schoolbag just as her last big sister heads off to college. We love our school and feel lucky to be part of PBS and the wider Kāpiti Coast community, with everything it offers.

Membership of our school Board allows us to support, enable and challenge the impressive work that our senior managers and staff carry out every day so that they can continue to build and improve an environment where our kids can thrive. I feel very privileged to work with such talented and committed Board colleagues in this kaupapa.

My degrees are in science and communications, and I’ve worked for many years in policy, governance and development roles. I believe that all of our children must have the opportunity to achieve their potential, wherever their passions lie. This means looking after their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their families, providing a safe environment free from bullying, harassment and stereotyping, and providing opportunities that meet their needs and allow them to shine.

I strongly encourage members of our school community to read the one-page strategy that the Board has developed for our school, and to take part in surveys carried out by the Board. We listen to your feedback, so please help us to make PBS even better!