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Kahikatea Teachers:  Year 7-8  
Kirsty WilkinsonRoom 22:  B.ed Dip.Tchg  
Kia ora tatou, my name is Whaea Kirsty and I am really looking forward to starting my 7th year at Roslyn School.  I teach in the Kahikatea team where I am passionate about teaching Year 7 & 8  students.   I am excited to be working alongside a fantastic group of talented teachers who are dedicated to developing our students in all areas of the curriculum.  I love teaching all subjects but my particular strengths lie in  Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, and Visual Arts.   I find eLearning and digital technology exciting and this is a huge component of my job, teaching in Room 22 in a 1:1 environment.  Teaching 21st century skills, such as critical and creative thinking, problem solving, communicating and collaborating are important aspects of education today, and this an area that I am very passionate about.  I look forward to meeting throughout the year.  
Nga mihi.  

Callum McConachy - Room 23:  
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Kia Ora, I'm Mr Mac and I am stoked to be starting my seventh year at Roslyn School. Once again I will be teaching year 7 & 8 students as a part of the Kahikatea team. My area of specialty within the school is Physical Education. I am the Sports Co-ordinator and run the Sports Academy with Pā Jason. I love teaching every subject within the curriculum and especially enjoy teaching Writing. Teaching is a fulfilling and rewarding profession in which I see my students developing their skills and achieving their goals on a daily basis. Come see me in USB23 (Room 23).  


Jason Tatana - Room 4: 

Ko Maungatautari te maunga, Ko Waikato te awa, Ko Ngati Huia te iwi.

Kia Ora Koutou! I’m really excited to be working in the Kahikatea team this year as a year 7/8 Kaiako. I am passionate in developing change in my students learning. I like to challenge, inspire and make them believe in themselves so they can do anything they set their sights on.  I look forward to working with Mr Mac with the Sports Academy this year as well as leading our Tama Toa programme that specialises in developing future leaders of tomorrow.  Nau te rourou naaku te rourou ka ora ai nga tamariki



Mana Tahi Teachers: Year 4-6
Karen McLeod - Room 18: 
Kia Ora, I am Whaea Karen, previously known as Mrs McLeod. I have a real connection with the Maori language and culture, which is my reason
for changing to Whaea Karen. I love being a part of the Roslyn School community. The talents and diversity are a pleasure to be connected
with. I enjoy teaching across the curriculum and being challenged to keep learning alive for our learners. This year I am excited to be
building my professional knowledge around Science and sharing this with the staff and students. I wear many hats here at school and that
keeps me on the ball.

Mandy Veza - Room 15:  
Hi my name is Mandy Veza, I am teaching in Room 15 this year. I am excited to be starting my 4th year at Roslyn School. I love spending time with my family my hobbies are motor racing of all sorts.

Johnny Thurlow - Room 16:  BSc, Dip Tchg  
Kia Ora, I’m Johnny Thurlow and 2017 is my first year teaching at Roslyn School - the most dynamic, student focused, forward thinking, school in the Manawatu.  My curriculum strengths are literacy, numeracy, science, and music, and I particularly love the challenge that the job brings as a whole.  I am passionate about the local community, and I look forward to meeting many of you in the weeks and months to come, as we progress through the academic school year.  In the meantime, feel free to pop in and say hi! 

Vanessa Rankin -Room 2: B.ed, Dip Tchg   
Nga mihi mahana, Bula, Namaste, Hola. My name is Vanessa Rankin.  This is my second year as a beginning teacher.  I enjoyed my first year at Roslyn school, watching students grow, developing their talents and challenging my thinking.  I am excited about the upcoming  year to inspire and engage our students in fun activities within their learning and watching the different personality's grow. I look forward to meeting past and present parents/whānau of students in our classroom as well as the wider community.  I hope to see many of you visiting our class, Matariki
(Room 2) as often as possible to share & celebrate your child's learning. Kia Ora

Carol Williams - Room 3:  

                                 
Ferns Teachers:  NE - Year 3
Fabian O'Halloran - Room 10:   B.ed   
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Kia ora I'm Fabian O'Halloran and I teach in Room 9 and I teach music. I love teaching at Roslyn School in the Ferns team, helping my students to reach their full potential. I am also privileged to teach music across the school. Music is a strength and passion of mine and I have been playing various instruments for the past ten years. I am excited for what this year holds and can't wait to meet more of our Roslyn community.  

Judie Keane - Room 11:  B.Ed; Dip. Teaching; Dip. Early Childhood Education; Dip .Art & Creativity   
Hi,  I’m Whaea Judie and I’m very excited to be teaching in Room 11 this year. Last year I got to know lots of the Ferns children as I shared some teaching days in the Tipu class and in Mrs Blay’s class. Last year I was also teaching at Roslyn Kindergarten so I know some of your community from then as well! I love teaching science, art and drama. My passion is the power of learning through PLAY. I look forward to meeting you all.

Arlene Els - Room 13:  
Hi!  My name is Arlene and I teach Year 2 and 3 in Room 13 at Roslyn.  I am very passionate about teaching and love helping children to believe in themselves and reach their full potential.  My curriculum strengths are in Literacy, Numeracy and Science and I really enjoy being able to challenge students’ thinking.  I am looking forward to an exciting year full of fun at Roslyn School.

Nikita Patel - Room 14:  
Kia Ora, I'm Miss Patel and am very excited to be back teaching at Roslyn School. I previously taught at Roslyn in 2008 and 2009 and then took the big leap to UK, where I taught until 2016. My curriculum strengths are in maths, literacy and art. I love being able to challenge all students so that they can achieve their potential. This year I am looking forward to working in the Ferns team and being a part of the Roslyn community. 

Kristie Andersen - Room 19:   Email Miss Andersen  
Hi, I’m Kristie Andersen and I have the privilege of working in the Ferns in our awesome school. In 2012, I graduated from Massey University in Palmerston North with a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise and again in 2013, with a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary). I am excited by the opportunities ahead as the leader of ICT for 2017, and as a classroom teacher of Year 3 students. My passion in teaching surrounds the area of ICT and how I can challenge students to reach their full potential through the idea of student agency; making choices to drive their learning.  


Administration Staff

Joanne How (Principal)  
Welcome to Roslyn School. I'm Joanne (Jo) and I am proud to be the principal of this great and innovative school. At Roslyn we strive to provide the best learning environment possible so all our students growth academically, socially and culturally to  become successful contributing  citizens. I am always seeking opportunities for both our staff and students so they can continue to develop skills in this ever changing society and world. I am passionate about education and my challenge is to make sure everyone is given the opportunities to reach their potential and enjoy the journey along the way.  

Maryanne Ferris (Deputy Principal) B.Maori Ed, Dip.Tchg  
Ko Hikurangi te maunga, Ko Waiapu te awa, Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi, Ko Maryanne taku ingoa, kia ora koutou.  My role includes administration and management, input with the direction of eLearning,  pastoral care. Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga, leading Whanau hui within the school community and working with groups of students like the Student Council on various projects.  Our staff are amazing always seeking to engage and develop our students, encouraging them to develop their talents and to prepare them for the future.  I am passionate about education and am always seeking opportunities to develop my own strengths and knowledge to pass on to staff and to continue to inspire our tamariki to be successful.  I am a huge advocate for positive relationships within our learning community and enjoy meeting parents, whānau and in particular knowing our kids.
Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai ngā tamariki. Nā reira, piki mai, kake mai ki te awhi, me te manaaki i ngā tamariki o Roslyn.

Debbie Sorensen (Assistant Principal, Room 12)  B.ed, Dip.Tchg  
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Hi, I am Debbie Sorensen and I have a real passion in transitioning New Entrants into our awesome school.  I graduated teaching with a Bachelor of Education from Dunedin College of Education and I am the Assistant Principal, SENCO contact, Team Leader of the Ferns and Team Leader for PB4L at Roslyn School.  I believe that children learn in a safe, fun environment where we all learn together.  The Tipu Class (Room 12) is where you will find me.  Our door is always open and we encourage you to come and have a look at how our New Entrants transition into school. 

Part-time Teachers
Maureen Thompson  (Release Teacher/Booster Groups)  Email   
Tammy How (Tipu Class) Email

Specialist Teachers
Claire Anderson (Release and Technology)  Email  
Sharron Bester (Maths Support Teacher - ESOL ) Email
 
Office Staff

Office Manager - Vanessa How Email
Financial Manager (Bursar) - Bev Lockett  Email       
                                                                         
Support Staff
Teacher Aides
Kim Clifford  Email
Karen Evans  Email 
Karen Keenan Email 
Celina Embi  Email 
Margaret Wood  Email 
Racheal James  Email  
Sione Pani Email 

Learning Centre Coordinator - Tracy McAlpine  Email
Caretaker - Paul Husband  Email
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