Hayden van Lent
I have the privilege of leading a collaborative team, in a caring environment where students learning/outcomes is very much at the heart of what we focus on. I enjoy interacting with others, having lots of fun, promoting our values and I embrace challenges.
Mr V is so amazing. He is really fun, plays games with us, communicates with us, spends lots of time in the classrooms and displays the ‘FORCE’ in every way (Year 6 students 2016).
My family and I moved to Kaikōura in 2014 from Alexandra and we are loving Kaikōura and its community (the scenery is pretty stunning too)! Having had a busy career in tourism marketing, its a special privilege to work in such a vibrant, friendly and caring school where you know the names of each child. When I’m not at work, you can find me teaching classes at the local gym or spending time with my family exploring our lovely Kaikōura backyard.
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
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.
Pūkeko Teacher 2/3
Kia ora, my name is Harriet Mackle and I am excited to be teaching the Pūkeko class this year. In 2018 I am training and running the Reading Recovery programme. I started teacher at Suburban in 2016 and I am thrilled to be a part of the Kaikōura Suburban team.
Kea Teacher 3/4
Kia ora, My name is Jacqueline (Jax) Burt and I am the teacher for the ‘Kool Kea’ Class for 2018. I am a first year teacher. My family and I have lived in Kaikōura since 2009, when we emigrated from the UK to New Zealand. We feel really lucky to live and work in such a beautiful place and being part of this great community. My daughter is a student at the school, and I feel lucky to be a teacher and a member of staff at Kaikōura Suburban School.
Tītī Teacher 4/5
Hi, my name is Mitzi McGeachy and I am the Tītī teacher this year. I moved to Kaikōura in 2015 with my husband Stuart and our little Jack Russell (Jax). We love it here and think we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of New Zealand
Toroa Teacher 6
Kia Ora everyone my name is Badiullah Norozi and I am the Toroa class room teacher.
My family and I moved from Hamilton in October 2015 and we have enjoyed living in Kaikōura.
My wife Katherine Ruiz enjoys taking our children Moana and Manawa to town and playcentre. We feel truly lucky to be part of such a great school and wider community.
I am lucky enough to have worked at this amazing, friendly wee school for the past two years. I thoroughly enjoy working with the awesome children and knowing them all on a first name basis. I love the flexibility that the L4L inquiry learning brings, and being able to help support them as they direct their own learning in a way that is interesting and fun, to them. My Husband Russ and I have two children Annalise and Jacob a friendly dog called Lily and Poppy the cat. I enjoy the outdoors, family cricket matches, being creative, Russ’ homemade pizzas and spending time with the kids who are growing up fast.
Ross (Mr G) is our hard working awesome caretaker who keeps the grounds and property of our school in top notch condition. Ross has a long affiliation with Kaikōura Suburban School. Ross goes over and above the call of duty to ensure the grounds reflects the superb practice in the classroom
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 and implementing of policies
- The accountability for the correct use of government funds
- The maintenance of the school and buildings
- Consultation with parents
- Working with the principal and staff for excellence at the school
Current 2017-2020 members are:
Chair: Susanne Dunnett
Parent Reps: Alison Milne, Danny Pettit, Jodie Denton, Justine Schroder
Principal: Hayden van Lent
Staff Rep: Rebecca Macer
Board Secretary: Michelle Ormsby
Parents and prospective parents are encouraged to contact the Board Chair or Principal with questions, comments or concerns: