Our Teaching Staff

Meet the people that make Weedons School a great place to learn

KATHY BELL

Principal

Welcome to Weedons. I have been a teacher at Weedons for a number of years and now consider it a privilege to be a leader in such a great school.

How best to describe this wonderful little school? I have used our school visual above to try to share with you some of the things that make Weedons such a special place to be:

DEBS MOFFAT

Office Manager & Secretary

Kia Ora I'm Debs and I'm the Office Manager, Secretary, and First Aider.

I have worked at Weedons for 9 years and have loved every moment of it.

I'm energetic and driven, and always excited to take on the next challenge whatever that may be. 

Prior to joining the awesome team at Weedons, I was a Travel Agent and full-time mum.

I'm married to Bruce and have two amazing kids - Cameron and Gabriella.


I love to travel, run in the hills and generally keeping fit. 

IAN GILMOUR

Deputy Principal | Teacher Room 1

I'm Ian Gilmour, and I am the Deputy Principal in the Senior School. I have been at Weedons since 2009.

Before that, I have taught mainly in the intermediate system and have spent nearly twenty years working with pupils at this level. They are great to be around.

I'm married to Vicki and have three great children - Evangeline, Trinity, and Dominic.


I enjoy cricket and touch rugby although I am a keen follower of sport in general.

It has been great to work in such a friendly school with so many enthusiastic students and staff.

EMMA WRIGHT

Deputy Principal | Teacher Room 5

Kia ora, I am Emma Wright, and I am a teacher in room 5 (on a Friday) alongside Michele D who is the main teacher (Monday to Thursday)

I love meeting all the new children in Room 6 and helping them (and their parents) settle into our school.

I am Deputy Principal for the Junior School, and I am very lucky to work alongside a passionate team of junior school teachers in this role.

I enjoy following the learning pathways of children who I have taught at 5-year-olds until their fourth year at school in this position.

I organise our biannual pet and craft day in October. I always look forward to seeing the great array of pets that come through our gate on the day and the creativity of the children's classroom exhibits- it's definitely a highlight of our wee country school!

JANE A

Teacher Room 2

Hi, my name is Jane A and I am fortunate enough to have been at Weedons School since 2013.


In that time I have worked in a wide range of teaching roles (initially part-time and then full-time), with a variety of age groups and within different learning environments. I have thoroughly enjoyed them all and this year is certainly no exception as I am delighted to be teaching the Year 6 students in Harakeke Room 2.


I have always loved teaching and consider myself extremely privileged to be working with such wonderful students within such a great school community.

ANDREA WARD

Teacher Room 7

I have been teaching children at the Year 5 & 6 level for quite a few years now.


I enjoy teaching in such a supportive community and look forward to seeing the progress the children make each year.


I enjoy singing, running and biking when I'm not at school.

PAT WYATT

Teacher Room 3

Hello, my name is Pat Wyatt and this is my first year back at Weedons School since 2015.


I have recently spent two years abroad teaching ICT in London, travelling Europe in a campervan and backpacking through Central America.


I am very excited and lucky to be back teaching at such a fantastic school.

RACHAEL G

Teacher Room 4

Kia Ora, Ko Rachael tōku ingoa.

Hello, I am Rachael and it is my privilege to be the Year 3/4, Kauri Room 4 teacher here at Weedons this year. Weedons is such a special school with such a big sense of community and an even bigger heart.

I bring to school a genuine love for learning. I love to inspire the children in Kauri room to love learning alongside of me. I am a dedicated, resourceful and innovative teacher who is committed to providing a well balanced, supportive and engaging learning environment for all of my students.


I am excited to be a part of your child's learning journey this year.

MICHELLE D

Teacher Room 5

Presently I am job sharing in Room 5 with Emma Wright.


We are responsible for a delightful group of mostly year 2 children, and occasionally some Year 1s and 2s as well.


I am passionate about helping children reach their full potential, particularly those who have specific learning difficulties.

Outside of the classroom, I maintain the junior school reading resources.


Weedons School is a wonderful place to teach because of the amazing support we receive from the students' parents and other community members. 

MEL ANNGOW

Teacher Room 6

I'm Mel Anngow and I team teach in Room 6 with Mrs Fitzjohn (Friday).


I currently work two days a week at Weedons.

I spend the rest of my week looking after my two young boys.

As well as teaching the main curriculum areas of Literacy and Numeracy, I especially enjoy teaching I.C.T., Maori and P.E. to Room 5.

After being at Weedons for several years, I still find it a fantastic place to work. The children are so keen and eager to work hard and learn, and as a staff member, you feel like part of a supportive and fun team.

APRIL FITZJOHN

Teacher Room 6

Hi there! After 14 years of full-time teaching at Weedons, most of it in Room 4, I have slotted into a part-time role which I love.

I take new entrants every Friday (who keep me on my toes) and then do teachers’ classroom release time on one other day a week, keeping me in touch with all the students whom I know well.

I run an enviro club at lunchtimes and have overseen a number of initiatives over the years; the planting of fruit trees and natives, the building of a plastic bottle ‘greenhouse’, the running of veggie gardens and the installation of a rainwater collection tank.

Weedons is a special school with a truly unique character. It’s also a happy and friendly school with many caring and empathetic students; parents are hugely supportive and fully involved with the life of the school. We have lots of fun, especially on dress-up days (my personal favourite!)

JACQUI NEWELL

Release Teacher

Kia ora, I have been around Weedons School for many years now, first as a relief teacher, then one day a week in Room 1.  I am the release teacher for the Seniors, and work with groups of middle school students, in both Science and Digital Technology.


Most of my teaching has been in the senior school, although I am enjoying my work with all levels as I relieve in several schools around Rolleston area.


Weedons is a lovely school; the children are lucky to have such a wonderful staff, supportive community and a fantastic environment for their education!

SARA PARKER

Reading Recovery | Learning Support Coordinator

Hi, I'm Sara Parker.

I have been involved with Weedons School since 2011, in a variety of relieving and part-time teaching roles, mainly with New Entrants – Year 4. 


This year my role is as the Learning Support Coordinator and Reading Recovery Teacher. I am passionate about Literacy, Numeracy, The Arts and ICT. I support learners, and their parents and whanau, and thoroughly enjoy elevating the skills and talents of our students in collaboration with my colleagues.

 

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