We are privileged to have a team of dedicated, highly motivated and knowledgeable staff to support our kura, our ākonga, our whānau and our hapori.

Sam Bradnock


email Mr Bradnock: principal@roslyn.school.nz

Maryanne Ferris

Deputy Principal

email Whaea Maryanne: mferris@roslyn.school.nz

Ko Hikurangi te maunga, Ko Waiapu te awa, Ko Te Whānau a Takimoana te hapu, Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi, Ko Maryanne taku ingoa, Tēnā koutou katoa.

I am very privileged to be the Deputy Principal of our amazing school and proud to work alongside a fabulous team of people who are 100% committed to supporting and encouraging every ākonga/learner to reach their potential, to strive to be the ‘best version’ of themselves, and to do their whānau proud. I am excited to be back at Roslyn School after being away in Sydney for the year in 2020 and looking forward to the endless possibilities that the future may hold for us as a school, continuing to promote a culture of learning and a culture of community - my door is always open if you want to pop in for a chat or to catch up. Nau mai haere mai.

“He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!”
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!

Ana Matangi

Assistant Principal

email Ana: amatangi@roslyn.school.nz

Ko Taranaki te maunga. Ko Waitara te awa. Ko Tokomaru te waka. Ko Ngāti te Whiti te hapu. Ko Te Ati Awa te iwi. Ko Ana tōku ingoa.

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I am new to Roslyn School in term 3 and it is my great pleasure and privilege to have been appointed as Assistant Principal of our wonderful kura. I am absolutely passionate about learning, and ensuring we best support our ākonga to feel valued and successful, and to provide them with the best tools to to be successful in the future.

I believe building strong, respectful relationships with our ākonga is an important part of this and I am greatly looking forward to getting to know our tamariki and connecting with them, and whānau, throughout the rest of 2022.

Ngā mihi nui.

"Poipoia te kākano, kia puawai."

Nurture the seed and it will blossom.

Kirsty Wilkinson

Kahikatea Learning Leader - Within School Teacher

Ipu Maea - Rooms 12 & 13

email Whaea Kirsty: kwilkinson@roslyn.school.nz

Kia ora tatou,

My name is Whaea Kirsty and I am really looking forward to starting my 12th year at Roslyn School in the Kahikatea team. I am excited to be teaching alongside Pa Karl in Ipu Maea (Rooms 12 & 13) where I will have the privilege of educating a fantastic group of Year 7 & 8 students. I am also looking forward to being the Team Leader of this awesome team of teachers and students. 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 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 is an area that I am very passionate about. I look forward to meeting many of you throughout the year. Nga mihi.

Karl Radford

Kahikatea Kaiako

Ipu Maea - Rooms 12 & 13

email Pa Karl: kradford@roslyn.school.nz

Tēnā koutou,

My name is Karl Radford, or Pa Karl! I am married to Natasha and we have four tamariki - Luke (16), Mia (13), Connor (12) and Hannah (7).

This is my second year teaching at Roslyn School, having spent the last 11 years at Whakarongo School. I am fortunate to be in the Kahikatea team working alongside Whaea Kirsty in room 13!

I enjoy participating and watching a range of sports, getting to know new people and inspiring young minds. I look forward to sharing this year’s journey with our ākonga and whānau.

Nā reira, KIA ORA!

Claire Anderson

Kahikatea Kaiako

Ipu Puawai - Rooms 22 & 23

email Miss Anderson: canderson@roslyn.school.nz


This year I will be teaching alongside Whaea Haylee in Ipu Puawai with our Year 7 and 8 students. I’m committed to doing my best for the school and l also look after and organise our school Road Patrollers.

I’m excited about the year ahead and the learning journey our Pod, Team and I will travel as we develop our knowledge, skills and talents across all areas of the curriculum, infusing an amazing programme to develop our very talented Year 7 & 8 students to prepare them for high school as best we can.

Haylee Phillips

Kahikatea Kaiako

Ipu Puawai - Rooms 22 & 23

email Whaea Haylee: hphillips@roslyn.school.nz

Mai te tihi o Tongariro maunga. E rere wai roto o Rotoaira. Hoea te waka tapu o Te Arawa. Tae noa ki te marae o Otuoku me Papakai. Tēnei te ringa o Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Te karanga o Ngāti Hikairo. No te whānau Phillips ahau. Ko Haylee Phillips tōku ingoa.

Tēnā koutou,

Ko Haylee tōku ingoa, ko au te kaiako ki te akomanga Ipu Puāwai. E ngākaunui ana ahau ki te whāngai i te mātauranga ki ngā tamariki me te hākinakina hoki.

Ko tāku e wawatahia nei mō ngā tamariki o tēnei kura, kia whai i ēnei kaupapa tuku iho:

  • Ko te Rangatiratanga, kei roto i te kura, kei waho hoki.

  • Ko te Whanaungatanga,kei roto i te kura, kei waho hoki.

  • Ko te Ūkaipotanga, kei roto i te kura, kei waho hoki.

Ahakoa, he rereke te whakapapa o tēnā o tēnā, he whanau kōtahi tātou o tēnei kura, nō reira me whai ngātahi ai tātou i ēnei kaupapa. Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōna te ngahere, Ahakoa, ko te manu e kai ana o te matauranga nōna te ao.

My name is Haylee and I am a teacher in Ipu Puāwai. My Passions are building knowledge for our children and sports. For our future students I want them to have the qualities that have been passed on to us.

  • Leadership, in our school and outside of it.

  • Relationships, in our school and outside of it.

  • Belonging, in our school and outside of it.

I understand that we all come from different back grounds and but in our school we are all the same.

The bird that eats the berries knows the forest, but the bird that eats knowledge knows the world.

Natasha Radford

Mana Tahi Learning Leader

Poutama Tahi - Rooms 10 & 11

email Whaea Tash: nradford@roslyn.school.nz

Kia ora,

I’m Natasha Radford. I am working in the Mana Tahi Team with Year 5 & 6 students and will be the Team Leader this year. My homeroom is Room 11.

Poutama Tahi is our pod and is made up of two classes - Room 10 and Room 11.

I am really excited to be working at this incredible school and with all these amazing students. I am looking forward to what this year brings and I can’t wait to see where this learning journey takes us.

Debbie Sorenson

Mana Tahi Kaiako

Poutama Tahi - Rooms 10 & 11

email Debbie: dsorenson@roslyn.school.nz


I am Deb Sorensen. I am teaching in Mana Tahi in terms 3 and 4 for three days a week and am looking forward to working with our Year 5 and 6 students.

I am also an Across School Teacher (AST) for the Palmerston North East Kāhui Ako. I look forward to across the school and the Kāhui Ako this year with a great team of teachers.

Please feel free to pop in and see us in action in our learning.

Vanessa Whittingham

Mana Tahi Kaiako - Sports Coordinator

Poutama Rua - Rooms 8 & 9

email Whaea Vanessa: vwhittingham@roslyn.school.nz

Kristie Richardson

Mana Tahi Kaiako

Poutama Rua - Rooms 8 & 9

email Kristie:


Kia Ora,

After taking a term off to spend time with my 2 year old daughter and to have our son, I am excited to be back working alongside our wonderful Year 5 and 6 students and kaiako up here in Mana Tahi.

This is my second year teaching in Mana Tahi and I absolutely love teaching Year 5/6 students. The excitement they have when they get a lightbulb moment in their learning and their drive to persevere in their learning is admirable and is why I joined teaching in the first place many years ago. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year offers and to continue to see our tamariki soar academically and mentally/ emotionally.

Debbie Strutt

He Kākano Learning Leader

Rooms 14 & 15

email Whaea Debbie: dstrutt@roslyn.school.nz

Kia ora,

My name is Whaea Debbie and this is my third year at Roslyn school. I am working in Room 15 with a group of year 3-4 children and will be leading the He Kakano team.

I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have a passion for writing. I moved to New Zealand in 2008 and love teaching here. I am looking forward to watching our tamariki grow as learners and hope to pass on some of my passion for writing.

My door is always open, feel free to drop in and have a chat.

Carl Roberts

He Kākano Kaiako

Rooms 14 & 15

email Carl: croberts@roslyn.school.nz

Kia ora,

Carl here.

When it comes to educating our tamariki, I respect, with the deepest understanding, that these kids are the future.

My intention as a teacher in rooms 14 & 15 is to offer these young learners an environment to safely enjoy exploring their emergent skills and knowledge, while understanding how to calculate risk and be diligently innovative when problem solving.

If you are ever nearby room 14 drop in and say hi!

Kat Elsmore

He Kākano Kaiako

Rooms 17 & 18

email Kat: kelsmore@roslyn.school.nz

Kia Ora Koutou,

My name is Kat Elsmore. I’m teaching in room 17, working alongside Bridget, in a fixed term position till the end of the year.

I have a young family myself and am having an awesome time with tamariki of a similar age to my own. I highly value relationships with tamariki and their whānau as well as finding the magic in each and every learner.

I’m here for a short time but a good time and look forward to teaching in the wonderful He Kākano team.

Bridget Perry

He Kākano Kaiako

Rooms 17 & 18

email Whaea Bridget: bperry@roslyn.school.nz

Kia Ora,

My name is Bridget Perry and this is my first year at Roslyn School. I am excited to be working alongside Kat in Ahu te Kākano, teaching some of our amazing year two, three and four students.

I am passionate about learning and building meaningful and trustful relationships with tamariki and whānau. I love it when ākonga are excited about their learning and I believe it is a privilege to be able to support them to discover their strengths, guide them to reach their potential and help them grow into the best version of themselves!

Always happy for a chat, you will find me in room 18.

Tammy How

Te Tipu Ora Learning Leader

Rooms 1 & 2

email Tammy: thow@roslyn.school.nz

Kia Ora,

Students and staff both call me Tammy. You will find me down in our Tipu class (room1/2) again this year helping to support our youngest of students as they transition into school. I am working alongside Fabian. We are also part of the awesome team Te Tipu Ora (Years 0-2).

I have a young family myself and teach Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Teaching is a passion of mine not a job. I love to see the different ways children learn and the progress that they make.

Our doors are always open, so please come and visit!

Laura Flaus

Te Tipu Ora Kaiako - Within School Teacher

Rooms 1 & 2

email Whaea Laura: lflaus@roslyn.school.nz

Kia ora,

I'm Whaea Laura. This is my first year at Roslyn School and I am so happy to be here! I love working with tamariki and their whānau and am passionate about teaching. I believe that every student has the right to the education that they need. I strive to get to know every student that I work with so that I can adapt my teaching so that they can reach their full potential.

I am originally from Wellington but have lived here in Palmy for 11 years. I have 2 children and live on a small rural property where I have sheep and chickens to keep me busy. I have been teaching for 20 years and still love coming to work each day!

You can find me in Piwakawaka (Rooms 1 and 2) - I'm the one with the brightly coloured hair! I love a chat so pop in any time!

Emily-May Lightbourne

Te Tipu Ora Kaiako

Room 3

email Emily: elightbourne@roslyn.school.nz

Fabian O'Hallaran

Te Tipu Ora Kaiako

Rooms 1 & 2

email Fabian: fabian@roslyn.school.nz

Sharron Bester

Te Tipu Ora Kaiako - Maths & ESOL Coordinator

Room 4

email Mrs Bester: sbester@roslyn.school.nz

Kia Ora,

I’m Sharron Bester, the Teacher in Room 4. I look forward to accelerating the learning of the amazing students in my class in all curriculum areas. I wear many different hats in the school so I coordinate the ESOL learning of students with English as their second language, arrange all the relievers, and lead the Mathematics Curriculum Area in the school. I am passionate about Maths and have specialised in it so

I am able to support the teachers, students and coach our Mathex teams to ensure they are challenged to reach their full potential.

Karen McLeod

Learning Support Coordinator (LSC) and Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

email Whaea Karen: kmcleod@roslyn.school.nz

Office Staff

Colleen Blair

Office Manager

email Colleen: colleen@roslyn.school.nz

Vanessa Penn

Office Assistant

email Vanessa: vpenn@roslyn.school.nz

Learning Coaches

Release Teachers

Maureen Thompson