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Gorana Matijasevich

 Elected Parent- 

Manawaru School Board of Trustees  


Tell us something about yourself.  

I was born in Croatia and I lived there until I moved to New Zealand in 2012. 

Swapping beaches and the sea for the farm life was a big change but I loved it from day one. 

I have 3 children at Manawaru School in rooms 2,3 & 4, and they are  second generation students at the school- my husband and all of his siblings were Manawaru kids too. 

I enjoy music, going to the races with family and friends and supporting my children at many sports they do- always being the loudest cheerleader! 

How was school for you?

I always loved school except for P.E. I’m sure everyone knows how much talent for sports I have. 

While attending primary school I went to the music school at the same time and learned the music theory and how to play the piano. 

I graduated from university with a double major in German language & literature and Russian language & literature and I worked as an interpreter whilst I lived in Croatia. 


What is something you have learnt since coming on the Board of Trustees?

I have only been on the BOT for few months but I really enjoy seeing how the school system works behind the scenes and I’m glad to have such great team of people on the board with me- everyone with the same goal- to make sure all the children get the best possible education and opportunities.

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