I am a proud parent to three sons, two of whom attend Cambridge Primary School. I have enjoyed watching children flourish at CPS with the support and expertise of the CPS teachers and staff, and the broad range of learning opportunities available. I appreciate being able to contribute as a Parent Representative to the Board of Trustees.
By profession, I am a lawyer, specialising in employment law. My work covers legal advice, contract interpretation and drafting, policy work, as well as dispute resolution for clients through negotiation, mediation and court. I enjoy working collaboratively with people and their businesses and assisting those I work with get the best outcomes in both times of crisis/stress and success.
I have a real interest and expertise in working in the health (in particular mental health), sport and recreation, and education sectors. In a voluntary capacity, I am a Trustee of Child Matters, New Zealand’s leading charitable trust dedicated to the prevention of child abuse through education of whanau, community and workforce.
Cambridge and the Waipa region are a fantastic place to live, work and play. We have a vibrant community and the School is an integral part of it. I consider it a privilege to apply my skills and experience in governance, leadership and management to contribute to the positive, high-quality learning environment for staff, students and our School community.
My name is Shaun Baker. My wife Karen and I are the local Salvation Army Officers and we moved to Cambridge from Queenstown at the beginning of 2016. We have 3 children at Cambridge Primary School (Cholae 10, Joel 8 and Liam 6).
Almost 12 months ago Karen and I became the School Chaplains and we have found this role to be extremely rewarding. The main purpose of our chaplaincy work is to provide support to any of the school community (students, staff and parents/caregivers) who may be dealing with difficult circumstances and we are very grateful that the school and The Salvation Army have allowed us the opportunity to function in this way.
One of my passions at Cambridge Primary School is making sure that we have great support systems in place, not just for the students but for the entire school community. I’m extremely passionate about seeing families ‘thrive, not just survive’ and to a large degree I’m able to feed this passion through my role as a Salvation Army Officer and as a Chaplain.
My aim as a board member is to represent the families of this school in a way which helps and inspires our children to achieve greater things than they ever imagined while at the same time, maintaining great support networks for the entire school community.