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21 June 2017



CEO – Kelston Deaf Education Centre


David Foster has been on leave from his role at KDEC since the start of this year. David has taken medical advice and unfortunately will not be returning to work at KDEC.  He has resigned effective 5 September.


The Board would like to thank David for the work that he has done and the impact he has made over the last 17 years. It has been a time of great change in the Deaf Education sector, moving from a focus on students enrolled at the day school provisions to a much wider focus including deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstream schools receiving services from KDEC and most recently transfer of students from the AODC caseload at year 3 to come under the umbrella of the DECs.


His time at KDEC has also seen an almost complete replenishment or refurbishment of the buildings our students learn in, with new facilities at Oteha Valley on the North Shore, new or upgraded provisions at Kelston Primary, Intermediate and Boys and Girls High Schools, new provisions in South Auckland at Ormiston Primary, Junior and Senior College, new facilities co-located with BLENNZ in Tauranga and Hamilton, and of course the major rebuild at Kelston Deaf Education Centre with the demolish and rebuild of the Offices, Early Childhood Centre and the Residences all opening in 2017.


David has also worked very hard on partnerships in deaf education. Together with the Ministry, he has driven projects like the Combined Board of Trustees and the NZSL at School project to their fruition. David has also ensured that Deaf staff have been fully involved in the development of the NZSL curriculum and most recently NCEA standards for NZSL. He has made a significant contribution to the partnership with The Hearing House to develop and deliver cochlear implant services. With Ngati Turi, David has facilitated the relocation and redevelopment of Ruaumoko Marae which will ensure that the needs of Maori Deaf students continue to be a key focus.


Student achievement has always been the key driver for David. The Board is very sad to see David go, but we are glad of the platform he has helped to create from which we can springboard Deaf Education to the next level for New Zealand.


The Board would like to thank the staff who have worked very hard to maintain the excellent work of Kelston Deaf Education Centre in David’s absence.




Rachel Douglas                       
                               For NZSL version please go to the following link:      Board Chair                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Pbgy_6D1k&feature=youtu.be            


Back row, left to right: Rachel Douglas (Chair) - Okato, Taranaki, David Foster (Principal KDEC) - Auckland
 Middle row, left to right: Bernie Mulcahy-Bouwman (Principal VADEC) - Christchurch, Meghan Coppage (Student Trustee) - Auckland, Crystal Skinley (Parent Trustee) - Dunedin, Jill Le Prou (Board Secretary) - Auckland, Merran Gwyndell (Parent Trustee) - Katikati, Bay of Plenty
 Front row, left to right: Cha'nel Kaa-Luke (Student Trustee) - Christchurch, Rachel Coppage (Parent Trustee) - Auckland, Krista Clifford (Staff Trustee) - Auckland, Ratu Ratu (Parent Trustee) - Hamilton

Absent: David McKee (Parent Trustee) - Wellington



                              BOT Meetings for 2017

Monday 27 February                          Kelston Deaf Education Centre


Tuesday 28 February                         Opening Ceremony – KDEC new buildings                                                                                                

Friday 24 March                                  Wellington Airport


Friday 19 May                                      Wellington Airport


Friday 23 June                                     Wellington Airport

Friday 28 July                                      Kelston Deaf Education Centre          


Friday 25 August                                 Wellington Airport


Sunday 24 September                        Board Meeting (afternoon) – van Asch                    

Monday 25 September                       Strategic Planning Day – van Asch


Friday 3 November                             Wellington Airport


Friday 8 December                             Wellington Airport



The venue will be adjusted to either KDEC or VADEC as necessary.


The Combined Board of Trustees of van Asch Deaf Education

Van Asch Deaf Education Centre and  Kelston Deaf Education Centre is
composed of six parent trustees, two student trustees and the two
Principals. Up to four additional trustees may be co-opted to ensure
that the views of the deaf community and the views of Maori are
represented on the board.

Our Mission – Our Vision



To ensure that our students learn in an environment

where they:

Belong, Grow, Excel and Choose



All deaf and hard of hearing in New Zealand will have the skills and knowledge necessary to enjoy fulfilling and satisfying lives.

This is accomplished through early access to and the acquisition of language, excellence in teaching, family involvement, collaboration and best practice.


Strategic Imperatives

To raise and sustain the academic achievement of our

Deaf and hard of hearing learners

To promote the social and emotional health and wellbeing of our Deaf and hard of hearing learners











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