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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, chop suey, roast chicken, pizza

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I am watching my son play football, catching up with my daughter who is studying in town, walking with my husband Tony, or indulging in a bit of shoe shopping.  I try to keep fit and healthy and am an avid F45 fan.

ben

What an amazing opportunity it has and continues to be, to work alongside Sylvia, Amanda, and the whole team, and to watch our school site change from the paddock that it was, to the exciting school it is today.  I am passionate about the environment and science in particular and so I am always looking to see how we can give our tamariki 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

laura

Role: Team Leader 

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. 

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.

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.

MelGrant

Role: Team Leader

Favourite Book: Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

Favourite Food: Thai Curry

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my family, walking my dog, travelling and keeping fit

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Role: Team Leader

Favourite Book: 1984 by George Orwell

Favourite Food: Salt and Vinegar Crisps

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to be outside enjoying what nature has to offer or reading a good book.

 

Learning Support Co-ordinator

rebecca

Role: - Learning Support Co-ordinator

Favourite Book: Georges Marvellous Medicine

Favourite Food: Cheese

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my family exploring the city.

Teachers

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 karen townsend

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 (currently on maternity leave)

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. 

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.
 
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: currently on maternity leave

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.

CaitlynTinnelly

Role: Teacher 

Favourite Book: Anything from David Walliams

Favourite Food: Sushi and Chocolate

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

EmmaBennet

Role: 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.

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Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: I love all of Julia Donaldson’s picture books

Favourite Food: Sushi, chips and dip and chocolate

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I am often spending time with family and friends exploring the outdoors and shopping, I also love heading home to the family farm when I can.

Role: Teacherjameshunt

Favourite Book: All of the Harry Potter books

Favourite Food: I enjoy a good curry or mexican food.

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I am playing cricket, watching films, traveling and learning about New Zealand.

OtisSole

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Favourite Food: Pizza.

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to be in musicals, spend time with friends and hang out with my cat Manuel.

KendraWard

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley.

Favourite Food: Potato!

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

Role: TeacherPhil Wilkins 1

Favourite Book: Autobiographies, "Lucky Legs" by Steve Gurney

Favourite Food: Indian - butter chicken with naan

When I am not at West Rolleston School, I like to keep very active with my two children, scouting, adventure racing, hockey coaching and playing the guitar.

narrellerobson

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: Baa Baa Smart Sheep, By Mark Sommerset

Favourite Food: Japanese fried chicken and sushi

When I am not at West Rolleston School, I like to experiment with new recipes and food. I also enjoy being with my 3 cats Friday, Kevin and Lola.

elisabethbaker

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Favourite Food: Pancakes with maple syrup and baked cheesecake

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to go to ride my bike, hike and participate in triathlons.

FrancesDench

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: Anything by Jodi Picoult

Favourite Food: Chocolate!!!

When I am not at West Rolleston School, I like to be outside spending time with my family and friends, at the gym or finding yummy places to eat.

JessBensdorp

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: The Harry Potter series, specifically Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban

Favourite Food: Hawaiian Pizza

When I am not at West Rolleston School, I like to spend time exploring, or brunch with friends

Breanna Hale

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: The day the crayons quit

Favourite Food: Sushi, chips and dip

When I am not at West Rolleston School, I like to spend time with my friends and family. I enjoy shopping, finding new places to eat and travelling as much as possible

kathymacdonaldRole: Part time 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.

Amanda Skinner Photo

Role: Part time Teacher

Favourite Book: You before me by Jojo Moyes

Favourite Food: Mint chocolate biscuits dunked in a cup of English Breakfast tea. 

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my two beautiful children Levi and Freya, go out for a run and spend time camping at the beach. 

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 watching or coaching my boys with their Basketball

lindyquennell

Role: Teacher

Favourite Book: Anything by Paullina Simons

Favourite Food: Cheese and crackers

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to go to local cafes, read and catch up on my favourite TV programs.

Robynwilliams

 Role: Reading Recovery Teacher

Favourite Book: Favourite kids book - Your here for a reason, by Nancy Tilman

Favourite Food: Sweet and sour pork

When I’m not at school I like to be in the kitchen cooking and baking

 

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          

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.

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.

AnneFarrington

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: Anything by Philippa Gregory

Favourite Food: Indian - Butter Chicken

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend my time walking my dog, spending time with my kids, going shopping and reading.

susan

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: Black like me

Favourite Food: Sushi

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to walk my dogs, movies, tramp, garden, mountain bike and other outdoor adventures

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Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: Willbee the Bumblebee by Craig Smith and I enjoyed reading Diary of a Whimpy Kid Collection with my boys

Favourite Food: Whitebait fritters

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my family, watch my boys Connor and Cooper play sport and walk my two dogs Max and Marlee

VeroMoreno

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: Big Magic (Elizabeth Gibbert)

Favourite Food: Arepas

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to go for a run with my son and bake cakes

KylieGrattan

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton

Favourite Food: Whittikers fruit and nut chocolate

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to support my kids in their many sports they play, baking, cuddles with my dog Ronnie and Netflix

 

LindaTweedy

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Favourite Food: Anything Mediteranean

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to spend time with my family and friends. I like to run and enjoy the outdoors

AshleighMcCough

Role: Teaching Assistant

Favourite Book: Me before you

Favourite Food: Sushi

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to exercise at the gym

 

 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.

AngleaClark

Favourite Book:  Any books by Bryce Courtenay 

Favourite Food: Seafood

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary :  I like to spend time with my husband and daughter, walk our wee dog Oscar, sewing and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

TeresaMon

Favourite Book: I enjoy the author Lesley Pearse 

Favourite Food: Whittaker's Chocolate

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to support my four children on the sideline of their various sports. I also enjoy camping with the family and going to the gym

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

clivesimpson

Favourite food - Anything my wife cooks me.

Favourite book - No favourite, but I like to read autobiographies on sports stars, musicians and famous Kiwis.

When I'm not working at West Rolleston Primary I like to go boating, water skiing and snow skiing in the winter. I also like spending time out and about on our lifestyle block

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.

emmadunlop

Favourite Food: Seafood

When I'm not at West Rolleston Primary I like to listen to music and dance