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Kahikatea Teachers:  Year 7-8  
Trish Balloch - Room 13:  B.ed Dip.Tchg  
Kia ora tatou, my name is Whaea Trish and this is my first year at Roslyn School.  I am teaching in the Kahikatea team where I am co-teaching with Whaea Kirsty in Poutama (Rooms 12 and 13) teaching Year 6, 7 & 8  students.   I am teaching in a 1:1 elearning environment and am really looking forward to working alongside your akonga.  I am passionate about ensuring my students strive to be the best that they can be and develop a real 'can do attitude' that will support them to look for solutions as life long learners. Please call in and say Morena even if I am not fortunate enough to have your child in my class.

Kirsty WilkinsonRoom 12:  B.ed Dip.Tchg  
Kia ora tatou, my name is Whaea Kirsty and I am really looking forward to starting my 8th year at Roslyn School.  I teach in the Kahikatea team where I am passionate about teaching Year 6, 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 12 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 11:  
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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 10: 

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 9 (Term 1/2): 
Kia ora o te whanau and wider community.  I am excited to be part of Mana Tahi again this year and leading this amazing team.  What a pleasure it is to be in one of the newly refurbished rooms. Our classroom is Room 9 and we are called Manaaki Haukapa, meaning we show pride.  Once again I wear many hats at school and this keeps me focused and up with what is going on in our incredibly school.   What a year ahead we have.  I am teaching for Term 1 and 2 and then the lovely Mrs Veza will return from her Science course and take over while I go and up skill in Science for two terms.  What a challenge lies ahead and how exciting it will be to bring back what I learn to school.

Mandy Veza - Room 9 (Term 3/4):  
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.

Vanessa Rankin -Room 8: B.ed, Dip Tchg   
Nga mihi mahana, Bula, Namaste, HolaMy name is Vanessa Rankin.  This is my third year at Roslyn School.  I have finished being a beginning teacher and now am a fully registered teacher.  I have enjoyed my two years 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 classes and enjoying the learning and collaboration with our tamariki. Kia Ora. 

Carol Williams - Room 7:  
Kia Ora, my name is Carol Williams and I am starting my 4th year at Roslyn School.  I am teaching year 4 and 5 this year and my class is amazing!  We are ready to learn and have fun.  I enjoy all aspects of teaching and love the 'aha' moments when a students gets it.  I am always up for a challenge and love to try new things.  I look forward to getting to know my class, their whanau and watching every child progress in their learning and thinking.
Ferns Teachers:  NE - Year 3
Carl Roberts - Room 6:   B.Ed

Veronika Naglmaier - Room 5:   B.Ed
Hello, my name is Veronika Naglmaier, and this is my first year at Roslyn School. I graduated in 2002 from the Auckland College of Education in Auckland as Primary School Teacher.  I have a strong interest in supporting learners with diverse needs. I encourage students to make a positive impact on their local and global communities.

Fabian O'Halloran - Room 4:   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 2:  B.Ed; Dip. Teaching; Dip. Early Childhood Education; Dip .Art & Creativity   
Kia Ora, I’m Whaea Judie and I’m very excited to be teaching at Roslyn School again this year in the newly numbered Room 2, which is part of Te Tipu Ora ( with Fabian and Debbie and Tammy). My teaching passion is the possibilities and power of learning through PLAY. I am also the teacher responsible for Nga Tipuranga/ Junior Kapa haka. I am looking forward to another great year at Roslyn!

Kristie Andersen - Room 18: B.SpEx, Dip. Teaching
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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 2018, 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 grow 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 1)  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 and Team Leader of the Ferns.  I believe that children learn in a safe, fun environment where we all learn together.  The Tipu Class (Room 1) 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, Technology and STEAM)  Email  
Sharron Bester (Maths Support Teacher - ESOL ) B.Prim. (Ed), B.Ed Email

Kia Ora, I am Sharron Bester and delighted to be starting my eighth year of teaching at Roslyn School. I am passionate about teaching Mathematics and will be supporting Maths students who lack confidence, working across the Ferns, Mana Tahi and Kahikatea Teams with Year 3-8 students. It is great finding different strategies to accelerate students learning. This year I will also be teaching ESOL to our older students.  I am the Mathematics co-ordinator, as well as the ESOL co-ordinator for this year. Knowledge is powerful and I am an ongoing learner who loves studying further, currently halfway with my studies working towards a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education.

Office Staff

Office Manager - Vanessa How Email
Office Administrator - Jenny Davidson  Email       
Support Staff
Teacher Aides
Kim Clifford  Email
Karen Evans  Email 
Karen Keenan Email 
Celina Embi  Email 
Kay Foot  Email  
Sione Pani Email 
Jake Veza Email

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