Our Staff

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

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ROB NAYSMITH 

Principal

Kia ora, It is my privilege to be the newly appointed Principal of Weedons School
Te Kura O Karamū. 
I have been working in education for the past 20 years, working across all year levels as a classroom teacher, a specialist Performing Arts teacher and a Digital Technology teacher.
For the past nine years, I have been a Deputy principal in two different schools in Christchurch. I am looking forward to getting to know all the children at Weedons and their whānau throughout 2022.

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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 keep fit. 

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MAREE FORD

Teacher Totara Years 7 & 8

Kia Ora.  I am new to Weedons in 2022 and am privileged to be teaching the Year 7 & 8 learners in Totara - Room 1 this year.  


I have been teaching in the Rolleston area for the last 15 years and in England before that. I enjoy challenging young minds to think outside the box and to gain the skills to follow their dreams.


I had 2 daughters and we live in Rolleston.  I enjoy playing netball and swimming. We love to go camping and boating and in the winter we love snowboard and have movie nights. 


I look forward to working with the children and their families over the coming years.  

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JANE A

Deputy Principal / Teacher Harakeke Years 5 & 6

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.

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PAT WYATT

Teacher Kowhai Years 4 & 5

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.

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RACHAEL G

Teacher Kauri Years 3 & 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.

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MICHELLE D

Teacher Rimu Years 1 & 2

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 3s 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. 

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EMMA WRIGHT

Teacher Rimu Years 1 & 2

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!

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MEL ANNGOW

Teacher Rata New Entrant

I currently work four days a week with the New Entrants in Room 6 at Weedons.

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.

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ANNA MCLEISH

Teacher Rata New Entrant

Kia ora, my name is Anna McLeish and I work alongside Mel Anngow. I'm a part-time teacher in the New Entrant room, teaching 1 day a week.


As a New Entrant teacher, I'm part of the beginning stages of a child's learning journey at our school and it's such a privilege. It is incredibly rewarding to support children as they settle in and begin to thrive in our school.

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APRIL FITZJOHN

Release Teacher

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 cover the teachers’ classroom release time two days a week, keeping me in touch with all the students whom I know well.

I run an enviro club at lunchtime 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!)

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JACQUI NEWELL

Release Teacher Harakeke

Kia ora, I have been around Weedons School for many years now, first as a relief teacher, then one day a week in Harakeke. 


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 with the younger students.


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

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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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