Principal : Sylvia Fidow
Deputy: Principal Ben Galletly

Team leader: Amanda Clarkson
Team leader: Rebecca Lambert
Team leader: Megan Murray

Teacher: Laura Finn
Teacher: Tessa Rodgers (On Maternity Leave from July 2017)
Teacher: Hollie Stone
Teacher: Peter Northmore
Teacher: Emma Woods
Teacher: Janelle Osborne
Teacher: Anna Wilson
Teacher: Sarah Hamilton
Teacher: Leigh Thrupp
Teacher: Leona Whittington 
Teacher: Karen Townsend 
Teacher: Dionne Wallace
Teacher: Melanie Herron
Teacher: Katie Talbot

 

Part-Time Teacher: Kate Duncan
Part-Time Teacher: Kathy MacDonald
Part-Time Teacher: Lisa Hunter
Part-Time Teacher: Nicki McKenzie
Reading Recovery Teacher: Kathryn Walker
 

Office Manager: Trish Hann

Receptionist: Amy Hunt

Caretaker: Andy Benn
 
Teacher Aide: Kirsten Van Der Berg 
Teacher Aide: Dena Greene
Teacher Aide: Sarah Booth

Sylvia Fidow

Principal

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 Post Graduate Diploma in Education 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!

Ben Galletly

Deputy Principal

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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!

Amanda Clarkson

amandaRole: Junior Team Leader responsible for Te Kete Kākano and Te Ara Tupu, and teacher in Te Kete Kākano

Favourite 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

Rebecca Lambert

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Role: Teacher in Te Ara Whānake; and Team Leader

Favourite Book: Georges Marvellous Medicine

Favourite Food: Cheese

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

Megan Murray

Role: Teacher in Te Ara Maia and Team Leader of Te Ara Whānui and the Seniors in Te Ara Maia

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.

Laura Finn

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Role: Teacher in Te Kete Kākano

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 Rodgers

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ON MATERNITY LEAVE Congratulations to Tess and Hayden on the birth of Emilia on Friday 14 July

Role: Teacher in Te Ara Tupu

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! 

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Role: Teacher in Te Ara Tupu

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Peter Northmore

peterRole: Teacher in Te Ara Whanake

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.

Emma Woods

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Role: Teacher in Te Ara Tupu

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! 

Janelle Osborne

Role: Teacher in Te Ara Whanake

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.

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Role: Teacher in Te Ara Tupu

Favourite food: Roast Chicken 

Favourite book: I enjoy books by Deborah Challinor

When I'm not at West Rolleston I love spending time with my family and friends and getting out and exploring the outdoors

Sarah Hamilton

Role: Teacher in Te ara Whanui 

Favourite book: Me before you - Jojo Moyes

Favourite food: Strawberries 

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary I am hanging out with family/friends and heading to the beach. 

Leigh Thrupp

Role: Teacher in Te Ara Tupu

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. 

Leona WhittingtonLW

Role: Teacher in Te Ara Tupu

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.

Karen Townsend

Role: Teacher in Te Ara Whanui 

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.

 

Dionne Wallace

Role: Teacher in Te Kete Kakano

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.

Melanie Herron

MelHRole: Teacher in Te Kete Kakano

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. 

Katie Talbot

Role: Teacher in Te Kete Kakano

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!

Kate Duncan

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Role: Learning Support Teacher

Favourite Book: Marmaduke Duck Books

Favourite Food: Gool 'ol lamb roast

When I am not at West Rolleston Primary I am busy looking after my two delicious children, going for walks and watching movies.

Lisa Hunter

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Role: Release Teacher in Te Kete Kakano 

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

Nicki McKenzie

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Role: Release Teacher in Te Ara Whanake

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

 

Kathy MacDonaldkathymacdonald

Role: Release Teacher in Te Ara Tupu and Te Ara Maia

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.

Trish Hann

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Role: Office Manager

Favourite 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

Amy Huntamyhunt

Role: Reception

Favourite Book: Dan Brown - The Da Vinci Code

Favourite Food: Chocolate

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary : Im having fun adventures with my 3 lovely boys and wonderful husband.

Andy Benn                    

Role - School Caretaker

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

Kirsten Van Der Berg

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Role: Teacher Aide

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

Dena Greene

Role: Teacher Aide

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          

 

Sarah BoothSarah3

Role: Teacher Aide

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.