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Rachel’s most recent position was as Deputy Principal of Western Springs College where she was instrumental in the school successfully obtaining two Teacher Led Innovation Fund grants for innovative professional development work. Prior to Western Springs she enjoyed a long tenure at Massey High School in Auckland’s west. Rachel was also a house dean and teacher at Queen Charlotte College in Picton during her husband‘s posting to RNZAF Base Woodbourne. All three previous schools have allowed Rachel the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging repertoire of skills and interact with diverse and varied groups of students.
Rachel has been involved in driving and supporting various school wide initiatives with a pastoral, student leadership and professional development focus. She is passionate about engaging with students, staff, whanau and community. She holds firm to the belief that learning is for life not just for school. She has been trained in Te Kotahitanga and is conversant in Restorative Practices and Teaching as Inquiry.
Hayden has most recently been working in various roles at Heretaunga College in Upper Hutt just north of Wellington. As Assistant Principal at Heretaunga College he played a big part in helping the school change its senior curriculum from a more traditional model to one that was more contextualised and authentic focused more on student pathways. The use of technology to enhance education is also of particular interest to him.
Hayden’s curriculum experience comes from the Heath and Physical Education area and as a result he highly values student and staff hauora and the use of sport and physical activity in schools. Hayden has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) by the Mindlab with Unitec which enabled him to look deeper into integrated and project based learning and applying this in his current practice.
Pete brings with him a breadth of curriculum background having previously been a Head of Physics and education lecturer. He has taught in Derbyshire and Leicestershire in the UK, Linwood College, Christchurch College of Education and for the last 6 ½ years at Shirley Boys High School where he has been Head of Maths and Statistics. He has also been a member of Shirley Boys High Schools steering committee, preparing for its rebuild which, like Rolleston College, will follow Modern Learning Environment principles.
Pete’s Masters degree research analysed video and dialogue of students carrying out Physics practical tasks. This was used to deduce the pathways the learners took to construct knowledge. He has also carried out research into cultural responsiveness in Science teaching and Secondary Schooling. He would like to explore the use of virtual spaces and gamification in learning.
Tēna koutou katoa. Ko Ralph te whānau. Nō Ingarangi āu. Kei Ōtautahi tōku kāinga ināianei. He kaiako āhau nō te kura Horoeka Haemata. Ko Sophie tōku ingoa.
I have been lucky to be part of the Rolleston College journey from the start as a foundation member of staff. I am the Senior Leader for Kōanga whānau and Hauora Kaiarahi/Wellbeing Leader.
He kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea; The seed shall not be lost is the Rolleston College whakatauki and this encapsulates my passion for teaching and learning, particularly in performing arts and social sciences.
I have always valued the reciprocal teaching and learning relationship with young people and believe that through authentic experiences learners can grow and shine with. My role is to support learners hauora and wellbeing through innovative educational practices. I am pleased to be working alongside a connected, passionate team who have all learners at Rolleston College Horoeka Haemata’s best interests at heart. As a team we will take the lead and set the standard for all others to follow.
Nō reira. Tēna koutou katoa.
Kelly is a foundation staff member and has previously held the positions of Raumati Ako Leader, ‘Ready to Learn (PB4L)’ Leader and Across School Teacher focusing on Relationships and Learner Engagement for the Ngā Peka o Tauwharekākaho (Rolleston) Kāhui Akō. She has over 15 years experience as a teacher over a range of schools in London, Nelson and Canterbury. Some of her previous roles in these schools include Head of Geography, Assistant Head of Social Sciences and Pastoral Dean. Kelly has a passionate belief that building strong relationships between the learner, school, whānau and community is essential to the growth, well-being and academic success of each learner. Kelly is a strong advocate for explicit wellbeing education being part of the culture and curriculum of every school and has been part of the driving team developing the inter-woven restorative and wellbeing approach to school systems.
Brad Milne was the Assistant Principal at St Thomas of Canterbury College with responsibilities around Curriculum Innovation and Leadership development, co-leading significant curriculum change in his role. Brad has previously been involved in the setup of Whangaparaoa College in Auckland in a similar fashion to Rolleston College adding a new year level of students each year and working to develop a strong school culture. Brad lives in Selwyn and is excited to be joining the Rolleston community.