Significant Others

Jen Rodgers joined the team as principal in 2016. Prior to this, Whaea Jen was the principal of Cheviot Area School for five years, and has been involved in education since the early 1990s, from primary through to tertiary. Whaea Jen is on the executive of the Otago Primary Principals Association, and has served on the NZPF executive.

Whaea Jen welcomes open communication with whanau and families to ensure that we are working together to support our learners.

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Assistant Principal (Acting Deputy Principal August-December) - Ann Stevenson

Ann is our acting Deputy Principal stepping out of her Assistant Principal role for the remainder of 2020. She has taught in a number of schools in both NZ and the UK. Ann has vast experience across all levels of the school. She is passionate about a collaborative, play-based approach to learning. She has recently completed a study award dissertation on learner agency and collaborative practise. In addition, Ann has an interest in the performing arts.


Deborah MacLeod provides a cheerful welcome for parents and is a valuable source of information about the school.

As Executive Officer, Deborah undertakes work associated with school finances and oversees the operation of the school's administration. Deborah also coordinates Jen's appointments and is a useful first-point-of-contact for many school matters. Deborah is also the Board of Trustees' secretary.


Vicky Caswell has two main roles in the school: clerical support with key responsibility for pupil records, and school librarian with responsibility for overall management of the library collection. If a job needs doing, this is the lady to see - thorough, efficient and effective. Mrs Caswell is known for her fabulous sense of humour!

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Bruce James joined the team in 2018 and is our school's LSC (Learning Support Coordinator). This position is new to NZ schools, and we are part of the Beachside Cluster in Dunedin. Mr James is also our school's LENCO and leads learning support in our school. Mr James has been teaching in Dunedin for 20 years and brings strengths in technology, music and sport to our school. He is passionate about building strong relationships with the people he spends time with. Mr James has a can-do attitude, with no problem too small to solve.


Alison Caldwell works with all classes once a week providing a specialized music programme. She is an enthusiastic and capable teacher, and is a highly skilled music specialist. She has an enthusiasm for her work which sees children achieving high standards within a varied and stimulating music programme. Ali also coordinates our school marimba, choir, rock band and guitar groups.


Sally Marett is our school physical education specialist, providing specially designed programmes for all classes. Programmes include skill development, problem solving, and cooperative activities for older children. Miss Marett also coordinates our school sports teams, providing support to coaches and weekly draws for parents.


Jody Quedley is our school's ORS specialist teacher, providing specially designed programmes for children who qualify for ORS (Ongoing Resourcing Scheme) funding and support. In this role Jody supports teachers and the learning support team to ensure the learning needs of our ORS children are being met. She also works closely with family and whanau, and interacts with the outside agencies to support our learners.


Rachel French

Rachel joined our teaching team in 2007. She has a particular interest and strength in teaching mathematics. Rachel has taught in several schools and has worked as a numeracy facilitator for the Dunedin College of Education, presenting nationally and internationally in this area. In 2020 Rachel will be teaching reading recovery and supporting across the school with maths acceleration programmes.


Andrew Marbrow is our caretaker ensuring that the school is safe, tidy and well-presented for our children and staff. Andrew has joined us in 2020, having moved to Dunedin from Australia.


Sue Stephenson is a registered counsellor, and registered teacher and uses her specialist skills to support children, usually in a 1:1 setting.

Referrals to Sue's service can be made through the school office. Please contact Deborah MacLeod in the office for further details or to receive a referral form.


Tracey Hartmann provides administration support in the office during lunch breaks, and when we need an extra hand in busy times out there. Tracey always has a smile at the ready, and does all the things we need to keep the school ticking along.

Andrea Hamilton provides support in the sick bay during break times, to ensure that children are cared for efficiently and effectively, and enabling our teaching team to remain in the playground with the children. Andrea is known for her efficiency, with an observant and caring nature.

Ann Loo. Every organisation needs someone who can undertake a job and see it through with care and commitment. Ann is such a person. She works in the office and makes sure that any 'loose ends' are quickly sorted and tidied.

Beth Fairbairn

Beth brings strengths in literacy, numeracy and science to room 5. Her background in junior education ensures that early literacy and numeracy skills are built on positively. Beth is on parental leave until January 2021.


Kayla Mitchell-Curd

Kayla joined our team at the start of 2014. She has strengths in literacy and numeracy and utilises e-tools effectively in her programmes. Kayla has a keen interest in integrated learning and uses this to link student skills and understandings. Kayla will be on parental leave from week 3 of term 1, 2020, until January 2021.