Governor - Rona MacDonald

Hello What’s your name ?

Hi, I’m Rona Macdonald.

What do you do on the Governing Body ?

I work as part of the team, with specific responsibility for chairing the Premises Committee and sitting on the Policy and Finance Committee.  I’m also the link person between the SENCO and the governors.

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s ?

I think it is very important to give something back to your local community and having been very active at my local church – St Mildred’s in Addiscombe for many years – I thought the time was right to share my knowledge and experience by becoming a governor.  I am also quite familiar with St John’s as my son started in reception in 2008.

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child  ?

No, I was educated in Scotland – a long way from Shirley!

What is your favourite thing about our school ?

Difficult to have just one favourite thing.  I love to hear the children singing at collective worship and at church services.  I really like the school uniform which makes everyone look very smart and I am over the moon when our football team wins a match.

Is there anything you would change about our school ?

Yes, as there is red poppy on the school badge I would like to see real red poppies growing in the school grounds.  They would look just as lovely as the spring show of daffodils which the children helped to plant.

What do you do when you’re not helping our School ?

When I’m not walking my lovely dog Skye, I work for OPITO – the skills body for the oil and gas industry – in the policy affairs and communication team.  OPITO trains apprentices for the industry, writes the training standards for offshore jobs and supports educational initiatives to encourage more young people to focus on STEM subjects.  I’m also part of the team which tries to encourage more girls and women to consider a fascinating and rewarding career in the oil and gas industry.