Board Members

Parent Elected Board Members

Mark Callaghan (Chairperson)
Catalina Sleghel (Appraisal Committee)
Deana Wood (Appraisal Committee)
Dani Rius (Assurance Committee)
Anna Niles (Assurance Committee)

Staff Elected Board Member
Kate Meder   (Assurance Committee)

Ross Hastings

Members of the school Senior Leadership Team, Cade Englefield, Christine Murphy and Rebecca Marryatt, often also attend Board meetings.

About the Board Members

Mark Callaghan - My wife Debbie and I have been living in the area and have been part of the community for the last 15 years. In that time we have raised 2 beautiful girls. Debbie and I have been part of various sports coaching roles and committees , school boards and PTAs. I am very keen to continue that.  Being a part of the board of trustees for me is an honour, being able to give something back to the community and the school that nurtures and educates our children is amazing. I know that we are all busy parents so having the opportunity to be part of the parent/community voice is rewarding. Our school plays a very important part of your child’s education in that it helps prepare them for the next step in their education journey (High School) and from what I have seen so far having one child nearly complete that step I am IMPRESSED! I see the great work that our principal and staff have done in raising educational standards, developing a passion for learning, building independence, celebrating diversity, embracing challenge and generally installing the “South Way” in all of our children.

Anna Niles -  I have lived in the Somerfield area all of my adult life and love being part of this community. My husband Craig and I have two children, one in year 7 at South Intermediate and our youngest currently attends Hoon Hay School. In the weekends we like to get active and outdoors together as a family with our dog Daisy. Our children participate in a range of sporting activities and I get involved whenever I can currently coaching basketball at Hoon Hay and supporting a football team at South. I have experience with all levels of the education system, from early childhood through to tertiary. I view myself as a lifelong learner and have recently completed my Masters of Education. I currently work as a lecturer within the tertiary sector and have board experience with Cashmere Technical Football Club. I am passionate about education and believe that every child deserves a quality education where their individual strengths are recognised and nurtured. I have fond memories of my own time at South and look forward to contributing to the school.   

Deana Wood - I live with my husband Nathan and my three children. We are excited that CSI is an option for our children as they grow and develop in a fast paced ever changing society. We have been part of the community since buying our first house in 2004 and our children have been in the privileged position to be a part of Hoon Hay School, Te Kura Kōaka. As a family we love spending time together, whānau comes first and foremost in our lives. Sport plays a big part of life in the Wood household, cricket for all three children, netball, and soccer as well as Nathan playing soccer too. I have worked as a Kindergarten Teacher in Christchurch for 18 years, my educational background has enabled me to take on roles such as Curriculum Champion for Core Education and Junior Consultant for Kidsfirst Kindergartens Professional Learning. I believe the skills and experience I have gained throughout my career will help support your school and community to achieve the best possible outcomes for your children. 

Dani Rius - As a former teacher and life coach of multicultural background and having good research knowledge in bicultural education and applied psychology (MSc Applied Psychology, University of Canterbury), I bring informed views to the Board, collaborate with the Principal, Ross Hastings, and Board and represent parents and children to give them a voice in the Boardroom. I am passionate about developing the future leaders of this nation and enjoy seeing children bloom in this well managed school and contribute to bringing innovation to keep up with the changes in the world. I have served in Committees for 4 years in different capacities. The most recent, as a VP Education for a Toastmasters International club and in the past as VP PR and Communications. Building strong communities through education, especially, mindfulness and wellbeing, is what has motivated me in my private work for the past 3 years. I am currently facilitating a Mindfulness 4 Success program for students with anxiety at the  University of Canterbury. Previously, I taught ESOL overseas for more than 10 years to diverse students and from ages 15 and up.   

Catalina Sleghel - Together with my husband we have two children. My husband and I moved from Europe to New Zealand, Christchurch, in 2002 and have loved it and considered  The Garden City a beautiful place to raise a family. We have basically lived in the Somerfield neighbourhood since moving to New Zealand and we love it! I come from a teaching family where education is most important and I truly believe that ‘Knowledge gives power’, gives children confidence and ambition to aim high. My educational background has evolved throughout the years from a Degree in Textile, Marketing and Management Diplomas – NZ, International Trade with Distinction – NZ and other New Zealand Qualifications. I love studying and getting involved in diverse projects where I feel I can contribute and grow with. Recent experience would be in Operational Management, Financial Analysis and Strategic Input, Project Management, Marketing and International Trade to just name a few. Being part of the School Board is a real privilege and an opportunity for me to share knowledge and support in education to the school community and families around me. As a Parent Representative elected to the Board of Trustees, I aim to ensure that quality of education at Christchurch South Intermediate is maintained at the highest standards and that staff has all the resources they need to accomplish this goal. Our teachers  play a significant role in our children’s future and should be valued and supported as much. Staff retention, morale and continuous development are fundamentals to our children and the community future. I believe I assist with a positive attitude, good governance of the school, navigate any challenges and ensure strong partnerships between parents and school.  

Kate Meder (Staff Elected Trustee) - It is a great honour to be a member of Christchurch South's board as a staff elected trustee. I am passionate about seeing each of our tamariki reach their full potential during their time at south, and working to ensure that they are provided a broad range of opportunities to succeed in. Canterbury born and bred, I love to spend time in nature, keeping active and spending time with my friends and whānau.