Our Vision
Everyone Matters in Victory

To develop adaptive, creative thinkers who apply their learning throughout their schooling and beyond to achieve to their potential. We use high quality teaching pedagogy to provide the best learning outcomes by both challenging and supporting our students in an environment of mutual trust and respect.


To grow confident citizens, positively engaged and embedded in their identity, language, culture and community. We weave our responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi throughout our practice. We celebrate our diversity and provide an environment that is safe and inclusive.


To be a responsive, values-based, educational organisation that adapts to and supports our people.


Our Purpose

'We provide a culturally dynamic learning community that provides the best environment to nurture lifelong development and wellbeing by building upon the strengths of our community so that all our students will achieve to their potential.'



Board of Trustee Meetings
The dates and times of board meetings are available from the school office (548-4779) and are advertised in the school newsletter. Meetings are generally held once a month on a Monday from 5.15pm to about 7.30pm. Meetings are open to the public and parents are most welcome to attend.


Link to our latest ERO Report or download it here.


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a group of elected people who are responsible for the governance of Victory Primary School. The Board is focused on the ongoing improvement of student progress and achievement within an environment that provides inclusive education as per government policy. The board acts in a stewardship role and is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders. It is accountable for the school's performance, emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school and ensures compliance with legal and policy requirements.


Our Board

Helen Watson – Chairperson

I have been on the Board of Trustees at Victory Primary School since 2005 and have been Board Chairperson for most of that time. I have had two children go through Victory, they are now college age.

I love the dynamic, amazing place that is Victory Primary School, and it is a privilege to work alongside the dedicated and hard-working staff and the diverse families that make up this school.

Prue Fothergill – Parent Representative

I have three children - one at Nelson Intermediate, one in Room 19 at Victory, and one at Y-Kids. I am thrilled to be part of the Victory Community, and I’m proud to be part of Victory Primary School.

Outside of this I work in Health and Safety and I’m also involved in the H&S at VPS through the BOT. In addition I am a Childbirth Educator, at Ecomoon in Nelson the business I own with my husband Kye.

Lois Lester – Parent Representative







Sandra Saywell – Parent Representative

Kia ora, I'm Sandra and I have three girls aged 4, 6 and 8. My partner Robb and I couldn’t imagine a better place to raise our family than Nelson, and feel privileged to have children at Victory Primary School.

I am looking forward to representing the families and whānau of Victory School and community. I am committed to help maintain the vibrancy and culture of the school where the children, parents and staff feel respected and valued.

Cristina Armstrong Hernandez – Parent Representative

Kia ora, Hola! I am Cristina, my husband Javier and I have two children; Sami who is at Victory and Alma who will be starting soon. We are a multicultural family (Spanish, Chilean, NZ, and Palestinian) and are completely at home living in Victory. We feel so lucky that VPS is our local school, due to its core principles of being respectful, responsible and supportive, and being such a vibrant whanau.

Outside of the BOT I work for Cawthron, supporting and promoting science in schools and our wider community which has led me to work with VCC and VPS on various occasions.

I am one of the Board of Trustees parent representatives, so if you have anything you would like to discuss with me about the school please don’t hesitate to approach me.

Helen Taylor-Young - Principal

Tēnā koe
Nō Whakatū ahau
Ko Robert Taylor tōku hoa tane
Ko Pīata rāua ko Māhina ā māua kotiro
He tūmuaki ahau ki te kura tuatahi o Wikitoria
Ko Helen Taylor-Young tōku ingoa.

My name is Helen Taylor-Young. I have been involved in education for the past 24 years in Christchurch. I have been most recently in leadership at Tuahiwi School, North Canterbury and working at the Ministry of Education.

I am so excited about working with the Victory Primary School team. I am privileged to be able to lead as principal. Please feel free to call in and see me, phone or email me at: helentayloryoung@victory.school.nz

Victoria Richardson – Staff Representative

Kia Ora, I am Victoria Richardson and I am the Staff representative for the Victory School Board of Trustees. I have been teaching at Victory since I graduated as a student teacher here in 2009.

I am excited to represent the dedicated, capable, and diverse staff here at Victory and look forward to working with everyone and the board to continue bringing quality teaching and learning to our tamariki and community.