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School staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MR DAVID TENNENT

Mr Tennent is our school Principal and has been at St. Mary’s since 2005.  Prior to coming to St. Mary’s he has been Principal at three other schools.  He grew up in Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains and now lives in Manurewa.  When he is not working at school Mr Tennent enjoys walking, fishing, reading and watching his children play sport. One thing you might not know about him is that he is a Rolling Stones fan.




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MRS MARY BAYLIS

Mrs Baylis is our Deputy Principal and has been at St. Mary’s since 2010. Mrs Baylis is a born and bred Aucklander and has taught at many Catholic schools in Auckland.  Her role prior to St. Mary’s was as Religious Education Adviser in primary schools in the Auckland Diocese. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, reading and spending time with family and friends.

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MRS BERNADETTE PAULSE

Mrs Paulse is a Nazareth Team teacher and our Director of Religious Studies. She taught in Manurewa for a number of years before coming to our school. She grew up in South Africa in a small town where they have the famous Cango Caves and quite a number of ostrich farms. She immigrated with her family to NZ in 1999 and all three of her children attended our school. Mrs Paulse enjoys writing and has published one book, “Seventeen”. 

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MRS PATRICIA GRIBBLE

Mrs Gribble is the Team Leader of Team Nazareth. She has been at St. Mary's School since 1997 and is a great believer in life-long learning. She has a love of the Arts, Liturgical celebrations, Maths and Literacy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and working in her garden.

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MRS JEANNETTE COBBALD

Mrs Cobbald has been teaching at St. Mary’s for a number of years now and has been Team Leader for Team Bethlehem for most of those years. She is originally from Wanganui and spent her younger years in Kaiaua. She is married and has three grown up children all living close by. She enjoys fishing, reading and completing crosswords and Sudokus out of school hours.

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MRS KERRYN BAKER

Mrs Baker teaches in Team Bethlehem and has been in the junior school since 2009. She is originally from sunny Nelson and often travels back there to see friends and family. She enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors.

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MRS MARY BIRD

Mrs Bird is a teacher in Team Nazareth. She has been at St. Mary’s since 2004. She grew up in India and has been teaching in multicultural and co-educational schools for almost thirty years. She studied and taught at Loreto House before coming to New Zealand. She moved to Papakura in 2008. She enjoys gardening, swimming, singing and social work.

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MRS KRISHNIE GOVENDER

Mrs Govender is our New Entrant teacher and has been at St. Mary’s since 1997. Originally from South Africa, Mrs Govender enjoys travelling around this lovely country with her husband and reading. She has two grown-up daughters.


MRS EMILY GILLAN

Mrs Gillan teaches in Team Bethlehem.  She joined the staff at St. Mary's in 2014 after moving to Auckland from Dunedin.  She is getting used to the change in temperature!  Mrs Gillan enjoys Drama and Art and in her spare time she likes to watch movies, use the computer, and spend time with her family.

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MRS AVERIL HIDDLESTON

Mrs Hiddleston is the Team Leader of Team Jerusalem and joined the staff at St. Mary’s at the beginning of 2012 after moving to Auckland from Queenstown. Originally from Wellington, Mrs Hiddleston enjoys spending time with her husband and four young children, travelling, reading, hiking and running.

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MISS RACHEL CHAPMAN

Miss Chapman is teaching in Team Jerusalem. She spent her younger years growing up in Wellsford, about an hour north of Auckland, and is very excited to have moved back up north after living in Hamilton for the last few years. She enjoys getting out and about in the outdoors as well as settling down with a good book.


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MRS ANNA-MARIE BUCKLEY

Mrs Buckley is our Assistant Principal and has been at the school since 2012. Prior to coming to this school she was teaching at another South Auckland school for three years. She grew up in Papakura and attended St. Mary’s as a student. Mrs Buckley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling, reading and running.

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 MRS LARAINE WOOD

Mrs Wood is a teacher in Team Jerusalem and has been at this school from 2009. Originally from Napier, she has lived in Weymouth for many years, bringing up her three children there. She enjoys spending weekends away in her converted bus, relaxing, reading and seeing new places, as well as spending time with her grandchildren.

  

MRS HELEN WOODBRIDGE

Mrs Woodbridge is the School Secretary and has held this role since 2003. She grew up in Papatoetoe and moved to Papakura when she married Robert. They have two grown up daughters. Helen has travelled to Scotland on two occasions to visit family.  Her interests include gardening, 'fun with flowers', relaxing at the beach and sleeping late!

MRS JEAN WHITE

Mrs White is our part time Reading Recovery teacher. She has been working in our school since 2004.  Mrs White is from England.  She lives in Papakura and is a keen walker.

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MRS COLLEEN BENSON

Mrs Benson works with children on the Reading Support programme and also works in the library and the office.  She was born in Victoria, Australia where she worked for Telecom, later moving to New Zealand with her kiwi husband. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, trout fishing and travelling.  She cheers for the Silver Ferns, Warriors and the All Blacks if they aren’t playing the Wallabies.
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MRS SARAH PAYNE

Mrs Payne is our Finance Officer.  She makes sure all the bills get paid.  She works in the morning and has been on the staff at St. Mary’s since 2000.

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MRS LYNETTE HARNETT

Mrs Harnett is a Learning Support Teacher at St. Mary's. Prior to coming to St. Mary's she did secretarial work, then became a full time mum until her last child started school.  She grew up and got married in Papatoetoe and now lives in Manurewa.  Mrs Harnett loves travelling, reading and spending time with her family.  

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MR BARRY REYNOLDS

Mr Reynolds has been our Property Manager since 2009. He lives in Waiuku and loves sport. He coaches rugby league and softball, as well as keeping our grounds tidy.  His most precious possession is his leaf blower.

 

MRS SHIRLEY MONK

Mrs Monk is a Learning Support Teacher at St. Mary’s and has been employed here for 16 years. She has mainly done ESOL work and working with special needs children.  Prior to coming to St Mary’s she worked with her husband in the furniture business in Takanini until her children started school. Now that they have grown up, she enjoys travelling overseas and around New Zealand.

MRS HILDA PRITCHARD-NIKOLAO

Talofa lava … My name is Hilda Pritchard-Nikolao.  I was born and raised in Samoa and now I've been living in New Zealand for 16 years. I am married with five children; two boys and three girls. I love playing volleyball, cooking, having coffee with my friends and most of all I love teaching. 

St. Mary's, Papakura gave me an opportunity to upskill my talent and widened my knowledge about my talent. 

Thank you and  …  Tofa Soifua ma ia Manuia

 

MRS CLARE CULPAN

Mrs Clare Culpan has been teaching part-time at St. Mary's for a number of years.  Her three children are all past pupils of St. Mary's.  She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and travelling.  

 

MRS ANNE DEVOY

Mrs Devoy works part time as a Learning Support Teacher. Married to Martin, their four children were second generation pupils of St. Mary's.  In her leisure time she dabbles with art and decorating cakes and enjoys walking and following sport.