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Leadership Team

sylviaI am delighted to be the Foundation Principal for West Rolleston Primary School. I feel very strongly about the importance of school community and will work alongside the staff, BoT and families/whānau to create a school where children feel safe and enjoy many opportunities for learning and success.

I have taught in Christchurch, Levin and London. Prior to this position I was the principal of Shirley Primary School for eight and a half years. I have a Diploma in Teaching, a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education with Distinction endorsed in Leadership.

Favourite Book: I try to read everything my kids read so lots of dystopian novels at the moment

Favourite Food: Green onion chips, sausage rolls, chop suey, roast chicken, pizza

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I am running my kids around to their various sports and dance activities with my husband Tony, or I am trying to keep fit and healthy with a bit of tennis, or a nice stroll around Selwyn...or a wee bit of shoe shopping!

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What an opportunity it was in 2015 to work alongside Sylvia, Amanda as well as the Establishment board; people so passionate and driven about education, creating the framework for the new school and watching the site change from a paddock to the amazing school it is today.  I am really passionate about the environment and science in particular and so I am looking forward to giving our kids lots of opportunities to learn about the amazing world around them and how and why we need to look after it. 

Fav book: The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Fav food: Indian curry 

When I'm not at school I like being a dad and hanging out with my son Charlie and my awesome wife Ellie!

amandaFavourite Book: Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Favourite Food: Tacos

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my family and play sport

Team Leaders

emma

Role: Team Leader

Favourite Book: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Favourite Food: Homemade Burgers!

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I am going out for coffee!

Role: Team Leader 

Favourite Book: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Favourite Food: Any thing with some delicious cheese

When I'm not  at West Rolleston Primary I am outside enjoying the sunshine going for walks, exploring my new surroundings or giving my garden some TLC.

Role: Team Leader 

Favourite Book: Anything by David Walliams

Favourite Food:Roast beef with Yorkshire Pudding 

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to be a mum to my two gorgeous girls and spend time on the water.

rebecca

Role: - Team Leader

Favourite Book: Georges Marvellous Medicine

Favourite Food: Cheese

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to watch movies

peterRole: Team Leader

Favourite Book: Asterix the Gaul

Favourite Food: Indian dishes and Roasts

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary I am a taxi driver, taking my two children Samara and Kobe to their various sports and enjoying watching them participate.

Teachers

laura

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Favourite Food: Bacon & eggs

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to try out new cafes around Chch and enjoy the outdoors. 

tessa

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: Emily Gravett picture books are the best! One of my absolute favourites is Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears.

Favourite Food: Nothing beats my Mum's vege soup!

When I'm not in Rolleston I am adventuring with my family or spending time with friends. My parents live in Central Otago and I love to get home as often as possible. Another one of my favourite hangouts is at my husband's family bach at Lake Alexandrina, near Tekapo. We love to get out fishing and down there is the perfect spot to get out the fly rods and soak up the surroundings! 

LW

Role: Teacher 

Favourite book: The Witch in the Cherry Tree by Margaret Mahy

Favourite food: Nutella and Indian

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I am out discovering new walking tracks or shopping.

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: I am a huge fan of Dr. Seuss

Favourite Food: Sushi

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my friends and whanau, as well as enjoy the outdoors walking my dog. 

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons

Favourite Food: Cheese - any kind

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary I am part of a book club, love hanging out with my husband and 3 grown children and having fun with friends and travelling as much as possible.

 

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: I love Jodi Picoult novels. My favourite picture book when I was in primary school was The Little Blue Penguin.

Favourite Food: Summer fruits, and chips and kiwi onion dip

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary I am often travelling backwards and forwards to Dunedin, and walking around golf courses watching my partner play. I love catching up with my friends and family, often finding different coffee shops and cafes to explore.

MelHRole: Teacher 

Favourite Book: Anything by David Walliams

Favourite Food: Lasagne, potato chips and dip, cheese and chocolate

When I'm not at West Rolleston School I love hanging out with my 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son and also watching them play their sports. I love going out for lunches or dinner and also a bit of shopping. 

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: I love ‘Oh the places you’ll go’ by Dr Seuss, or ‘Of thee I sing’ which Barack Obama wrote to his daughters.

Favourite Food: Quinoa Soup, Sushi, or Vindaloo!

When I’m not at West Rollesto I love to go for a run or a nice walk outside, I love to go camping or travel to new and exciting places!

Favourite Book: Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl FraserMalins2

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Food: Indian, Lasagne, Roast lamb

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my family and friends, coaching my son's cricket team, playing sport (running, basketball and touch) and gardening 

OlliviaNancekivellRole: Teacher

Favourite Book: I love reading! My favourite picture books are by Mo Willems and I enjoy anything to do with history, travel and art.

Favourite Food: Apple crumble, sushi and anything I don't have to cook myself!

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to ....spend time with my family, explore New Zealand and go shopping.

MikeStewartRole: Teacher 

Favourite Book: The Game of Thrones or anything by Wilbur Smith.

Favourite Food: Bluff Oysters

When I'm not at West Rolleston: I'm having fun adventures with my two beautiful girls, my dog and my wonderful wife.

SamNichols

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: Jodi Picoult novels and I love Dr Seuss Books!

Favourite Food: Indian food and fresh fruit - My favourites are blueberries, watermelon and mango.

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to .... spend time with my friends and family. I also like exploring the outdoors, keeping active at the gym and travelling to new places!

ClaudiaCopeland2

Role: Teacher 
 
Favourite Book: Anything by Maggie O'Farrell... or Harry Potter
 
Favourite Food: Anything cooked by my mum! And I LOVE Mexican food
 
When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary: I am off exploring Christchurch, finding new brunch spots or spending time with my amazing friends and family.
 

kathymacdonaldRole: Teacher 

Favourite Book: I recently read Gone Girl and really enjoyed it. 

Favourite Food: Mexican food
 

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary I enjoy getting outdoors and spending time with my three lovely kids and husband, or doing little jobs around our mini farm.

Nicole

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: The Terrible Two

Favourite Food: Chicken Enchiladas

When I'm not at West Rolleston I love to spend time with my family and friends.  I also love to play sports and going for walks.

Kyle

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

Favourite Food: Ramen and Pizza

When I'm not at West Rolleston I like to watch the NBA and the NFL and paint miniature models.  Other than that I like to catch up with my friends and family.

Role: Teacher Madeleine

Favourite Book: The Harry Potter series

Favourite Food: Raspberries and Ice Cream

When I'm not at West Rolleston I like to spend time with my family and friends, playing netball and walking my dog.

Role: TeacherGeorge

Favourite Book: George's marvellous medicine

Favourite Food: Pizza and Nachos

When I'm not at West Rolleston I like to play music with my friends, watch sports and explore various walking tracks with my partner.

sarahkerkofs

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: Dog Zen by Mark Vette

Favourite Food: Pavlova

When I'm not at West Rolleston I like to walk my dog and play lots of sport.

Role: Teacher Rachel

Favourite Book: Harry Potter series

Favourite Food: Thai Green Curry and Strawberries

When I'm not at West Rolleston I am spending time with friends and family, shopping, adventuring to new places and getting active at the gym.

Jonl

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin 

Favourite Food: Italian food and chocolate

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary School I like to spend time with my family and my dog.  I have three beautiful daughters - Ella is almost 12, Abigail who is nearly 10 and Ruby who is 7 in July and my husbands name is Ben.  Our dog is an english cocker spaniel and is called "Lady" from lady and the Tramp.  We love taking her for walks, going for bike rides and camping.

louisethomson

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: "The dog that dug" by Jonathan Long and Korky Paul

Favourite Food: Roast potatoes and gravy

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like spending time with my family and friends and heading off to Zumba fitness classes in the evening.

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Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: Anythng by David Walliams

Favourite Food: Sushi and Chocolate

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to play sports, eat delicious food and spend time with my gorgeous baby daughter Penelope.

LisaHunterRole: Teacher

Favourite Book: The Magic Faraway Tree Collection

Favourite Food: Thai Curries

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my family and friends

nickimackenzieRole: Teacher

Favourite Book: The Outlander Series

Favourite Food: Indian Lamb Korma

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I am teaching at Oaklands School and watching or coaching my boys with their Basketball

Lizcampion

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: Anything by Roald Dahl

Favourite Food: Chocolate Brownie and Sushi

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my family and friends and visiting new places.

EmmaBennet

Role: Part-time Teacher

Favourite Book: Wonder, by R J Palacio

Favourite Food: Love all summer fruits and ice cream. 

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with family and friends, bake, travel, be active in the outdoors including walking, mountain biking, dirt bike riding and snowboarding.

Kate Taylor

Role: Part-time Teacher.

Favourite Book: I'm Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Favourite Food: I'm like a scientist in the kitchen. I love to make fermented foods - kefir and sauerkraut (Eeek I hear you say!) Otherwise Whittakers 'fruit and nut' chocolate is a favourite treat.

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like like to play imaginary games with my four year old, usually involving Lego, Starwars, light sabors and hunting the Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters! Otherwise I enjoy escaping into the great outdoors with my family.

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Teacher Assistants

KirstenRole: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Food: Lasagne

Favourite Book: Anything by Roald Dahl

When I’m not at school I love to sing, play my guitar and spend time with my family

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite book: The Accidental Time Traveler by Janis Mackay

Favourite food: Favourite food: Hot chocolate fudge cake with ice cream

When I am not at West Rolleston I enjoy Zumba, cycling round Mcleans Forest with my family and chasing my kids to their various sporting activities          

Sarah3Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: Hairy Maclary Books

Favourite Food: Asian foods

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary I am spending time with my husband Nigel, and three busy boys Harry, Jack and Sam. We all enjoy getting out and about exploring rain or shine! I also enjoy helping out with GROW (pta) when I can.

KerenRole: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: 1984

Favourite Food: Vegetable curry

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary I love to watch my boys play football and take long walks in the countryside with my dog Lottie.

caityandrew

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: Harry Potter 

Favourite Food: Sushi or anything sweet

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to work for Busy Bumbles and watch movies.

JoSole

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: A Stone for Danny Fisher

Favourite Food: Potato - any way is great

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to be in my garden, walk my dog and spend time with family and friends.

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: Courage to Soar, by Simone Biles

Favourite Food: Sushi

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend my time in the gym coaching young athletes the sport of competitive gymnastics I also love to get outdoors to surf and snowboard.

 Office Team

TrishHann2Favourite Book: Cross Stitch

Favourite Food: Chips and Dip

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to play netball and hang out with my three kids Lockie, Charlie, Dom and husband Derek

PaulaPearson

Favourite Book:  Too many to pick one but I would say Angela's Ashes  

Favourite Food: Thai

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary :  I like to upcycle and create things.  I love reading and spending time with the family and I love looking after my vegetable patch and all the chooks, ducks and animals that we have rescued over the years.

Favourite food - Sunday roast

Favourite book - Harry Potter

When I'm not working at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time in my garden, get down to my caravan in Twizel as much as possible and enjoy the great New Zealand outdoors

Mary

Favourite food - Lamb

Favourite book - The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley

When Im not working at West Rolleston Primary School I like to play Bridge regularly, read, walk my mini schnauzer and socialise.

Cheryl

Favourite food - Chocolate

Favourite book - Anything by Judy Nunn

When Im not working at West Rolleston Primary School I like to spend time with my Grandchildren.