Office Manager – Email Office
Kia Ora, I came to Kaikōura after the Christchurch earthquakes, but only started working at Suburban School in September 2019. I am so delighted to work in a caring, kind and supportive environment. Everyday is different, I especially enjoy interacting with the children and staff and their commitment to making Suburban a great place to work.
Kia ora koutou. I arrived at Suburban School in the middle of 2019, after teaching in a sole charge principal position in the King Country for 2 years. I have over 10 years of experience in educational leadership in NZ and overseas, although I’ve only been a principal since 2017. My passion lies in making education an enjoyable and exciting experience within a safe and supportive environment. I am thrilled to be part of a team of likeminded staff and Board of Trustees, with a caring and supportive community. The Suburban tamariki are energetic, caring, environmentally conscious and lifelong learners. I love spending time with them in their classes and in the playground. Outside of school I enjoy camping, biking and walking with my husband and two children, and handcrafts, gardening, badminton and reading in my quiet times..
Deputy Principal & Kea Teacher Years 2-4
Tena koutou, I started teaching at Suburban in 2011. I am passionate about teaching and especially the Fyffe FORCE ways of Kaikōura Suburban. My aim as a teacher is to foster and instil a love of learning in every child. I am lucky to work in such an amazing collaborative school who aims to set the tamariki up to become adaptive 21st century learners.
Piwakawaka Teacher New Entrants/Year 1/2
Kia ora, I am the Piwakawaka teacher and have the fantastic year 1 students in my class. We use the FORCE values to make the most out of each day in a caring and supportive environment. I enjoy coming to school and seeing happy faces on excited Fyffe FORCE learners.
Titi Teacher Year 4
Kia ora koutou,
I am originally from the Czech Republic and for the last 14 years I have been living in Kaikōura where most people know me as the Children’s Choir conductor. My academic background is in science and I have recently completed the Diploma in Primary teaching. I have a passion for languages and music. I also enjoy travelling, baking, reading and family bike rides with my husband and our 3 daughters. I have always loved interacting and working with children, I respect their individuality and I admire the variety of abilities they bring into their learning communities. I am very much looking forward to working with the year 4 Fyffe FORCE Learners at Kaikōura Suburban School on their Learning for Life journey.
Toroa Teacher Years 4-6
Kia Ora! I started teaching at Kaikōura Suburban at the start of 2021 and absolutely love it here. I am a beginning kaiako who is passionate about working with children to create connected, life long learners and I aspire to make school enjoyable for all my tamariki. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my partner, pets, family and friends, being outdoors and being active. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful staff and community around me, as I guide my Fyffe FORCE learners to success.
Kia Ora Koutou, Time flies – when you’re having fun!! And I’m lucky enough to have worked at this amazing, friendly wee rural school for the past six years. I thoroughly enjoy working with the Suburban kids and staff and the closeness that comes from being a smaller school.
I love the F.O.R.C.E values and the flexibility that our L4L enquiry learning brings, and being able to support the tamariki as they direct their own learning in a way that is interesting and fun, to them.
My Husband Russ and I have two children, who have now graduated from primary, and are entering the world of intermediate.
Colleen is our amazing teacher aide. She works on a 1:1 basis with a students at our school. Colleen has been involved within the community helping out at hockey and basketball games. She enjoys sharing her passion for sports with the children.
Lloyd is our fantastic caretaker who does whatever it takes to keep our school grounds tidy, safe and healthy places to play and learn. He enjoys spending time with the tamariki also, by helping them with woodwork and other projects, maintaining their bikes, or by them helping him out in the playground by collecting litter or doing the recycling. We all think we are super lucky to have Lloyd keeping an eye on our school environment for us.
Helen is our amazing cleaner who works very hard, with the help of her two boys, James and Hamish, to keep our learning spaces, toilets, and administration areas clean and tidy. Our cleaning team have been extra careful to keep our high touch surfaces clean and sanitised since COVID began, and they go the extra mile to make sure our classrooms are spick and span! We really appreciate their efforts in keeping us healthy and safe.
The Board of Trustees is an elected group made up of members of the school community.
The BOT is responsible for:
- The governance of the school
- The making, reviewing and implementing of policies
- Accountability for the correct use of government funds
- The maintenance of the school property and buildings
- Consultation with parents
- Working with the principal and staff for excellence at the school
Current 2019-2021 members are:
Parent Reps: Jodie, Margaret, Shannon
Staff Rep: Michaela
Board Secretary: Sarah
Parents and prospective parents are encouraged to contact the Board Chair or Principal with questions, comments or concerns: