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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

    Karen Poole


  • Sharon Boese

    Sharon Boese

    Deputy Principal and SENCO

  • Lynley Poole

    Lynley Poole

    Assistant Principal/Mutukaroa Co-ordinator

  • Deborah Barnden

    Deborah Barnden

    Classroom 10 (Team Leader)

  • Dave Whiteman

    Dave Whiteman

    Classroom 3 Team Leader

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

Year 4-6, Nga Manu ( the Birds)

Teacher Aides

  • Patsy Roberts

    Patsy Roberts

    Teacher Aide

  • Rosa Stewart

    Rosa Stewart

    Teacher Aide facebook & Website

  • Shona Buchanan

    Shona Buchanan

    Teacher Aide, office

  • Yvonne Olivecrona

    Yvonne Olivecrona

    Teacher Aide, Librarian

Part-time Teachers

  • Jill Finlayson

    Jill Finlayson

  • Karen Jones

    Karen Jones

    Reading Recovery

And also…

  • Debbie Howie

    Debbie Howie

    Teacher Aide

              Diane Stevens

Diane Stevens

School Chaplin

  • Lloyd Laurent

    Lloyd Laurent



  • Renee Saul

             Sports Coordinator
  • Mr Jelly Bean

    Mr Jelly Bean


Roman says…

My teacher helps me when I find things hard.