Our People

Staff Leadership Team

Principal - Shane Robinson
Deputy Principals - Darian Schulz and Caro Wills


Junior Syndicate Leader: Trish Cherry

New Entrants - Trish Cherry
New Entrants - Jen Long
New Entrants - Michaela Schauer
Rebecca Renfrew
Valerie Archer
Caeleen Wolmarans

The Kākano Syndicate (Year 0-2) is a growing team with new students joining us every term. Our teaching team is Valerie Archer, Caeleen Wolmarans, Rebecca Renfrew, Jen Long and Trish Cherry as Syndicate Leader. We believe relationships with our students and their whānau is at the heart of what we do. Our learning programmes inspire to be engaging through hands on activities and using our student's interest. We hold high expectations for all students to achieve at their full potential.


Middle Syndicate Leader: Chris Cowman

Chris Cowman
Nicola Prichard
Kate Shirley
Alle Pollard-Smith

The Tipu Syndicate is home to our Year 3 and Year 4 students and are based in Rooms 12, 13, 14 and 15. The teaching team is Alle Pollard-Smith, Kate Shirley, Nicola Prichard and Chris Cowman as Syndicate Leader. The Tipu syndicate are focused on delivering a fun and engaging programme, through building relationships, giving students opportunities to build their independence, find their passions and be curious, particularly through Pākiki time.


Senior Syndicate Leader:  Hazel Andis

Hazel Andis
Kayleigh Maclean
Kim Webby

Kia ora koutou! We are team Koru. We are made up of Kim Webby, Kayleigh Maclean, and our syndicate leader Hazel Andis. In Koru we are excited to support our tamariki to develop firm work habits, and further develop their confidence to express themselves. We work mainly from our own classrooms, but are together for a range of activities every day. Our collaborative time fosters bonds between all our tamariki, and develops relationships with all three kaiako. 

We use a variety of online learning tools and programmes to support their learning. Some of these are Reading Plus, Prodigy, Banqer, and Typing Club. As well as this we utilise each others strengths as teachers, and our natural environment, to offer a learning programme we are proud to be a part of. Through our Inquiries we also delve a bit deeper into their creative, critical, and design thinking.  

In Team Koru, we are passionate about making sure all our tamariki get the most out of us and our time in the classroom.


Intermediate Syndicate Leader:  Ben Young

Caro Wills
Sarah Cappleman
Stephanie Ross
Ben Young

We are the Ferns Intermediate team and we're passionate about providing rich and engaging learning opportunities for the Year 7 and 8 tamariki of Maungaraki School.

We believe in growing young leaders who actively live out our HEART values and give back to the school and wider community in a variety of ways, using the unique skills and strengths they have developed during their time here.

This year, we have three separate classrooms and balance a mixture of home-class time with collaboration as a whole syndicate each day.

Release and specialist teachers

Chris McCullough
Moira Hooper
Lauren Fox

Support staff

Teaching Support Staff:
Julz Dal Vesco
Helen Billingham
Maryann Hainsworth
Simon Rodwell
Leanne Ballantyne
Melita Joshua
Barbara Hatton
Diane Schenkel

Admin Support Staff
Trudy Price (PA to Principal)
Tania Potaka (Office Manager)
Tim Barnes (Caretaker)