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Tawhai School


Our staff are our most precious and important asset and work collaboratively to create an environment for the students to thrive. At Tawhai School we each play an important role in ensuring our students get the best deal possible and so value each other as equals.

Senior Management

Karen Poole


Sharon Boese

Deputy Principal and SENCO

Lynley Poole

Assistant Principal/Mutukaroa Co-ordinator

Deborah Barnden

Classroom 10 (Team Leader)

Dave Whiteman

Classroom 3 Team Leader

Year 0-3, Team Nga Kukari (the fledglings)

Abbey Pont

Classroom 12

Deborah Barnden

Classroom 10 (Team Leader)

Hannah Huria-Perry

Classroom 8

Jane Kenworthy

Classroom 9

Julia Dorgan

Classroom 7

Michaela Ryan

Classroom 6

Sarah Tucker

Classroom 16

Jake Harris

Classroom 11

Sharon Boese

Classroom 9a

Lynley Poole

Classroom 9a

Year 4-6, Nga Manu ( the Birds)

Anna Sissons

Classroom 1

Cleo Syph

Classroom 4

Dave Whiteman

Classroom 3 Team Leader

Janette Page

Classroom 14

Karen Johnston

Classroom 15

Micaela Duffy

Classroom 2

Chelsea Sullivan

Classroom 15

Teacher Aides

Patsy Roberts

Teacher Aide

Renee Saul

Teacher Aide, Sports Coordinator, cleaner

Rosa Stewart

Teacher Aide facebook & Website

Debbie Howie

Teacher Aide

Shona Buchanan

Teacher Aide, office

Yvonne Olivecrona

Teacher Aide, Librarian

Part-time Teachers

Jill Finlayson

Karen Jones

Reading Recovery

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Jessica Harris


Kelly Robinson

Office Manager

Lloyd Laurent


Diane Stevens


Mr Jelly Bean


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Liam says…

I like it when we get to go to the pool for swimming lessons.