Our People

WELCOME TO LEIGH SCHOOL

Acting Principal & Teacher Year 0/1/2 – Rachel Waterhouse

Rachel started teaching Room 2 at Leigh School in 2012, prior to that she was at Northcote Primary. She is responsible for the school’s Health, Physical Education and Arts curriculum areas. Rachel is also the teacher representative on the School Board of Trustees.

Rachel works closely with the staff at Leigh Preschool to ensure that the children coming from there are familiar with her and the junior class – ensuring a seamless transition from preschool to school.

Her background before teaching was in graphic design, so she is responsible for lot of the lovely signs around the school, is our chief photographer and school facebook contributor and brings her creative eye to our school art projects. She has a keen interest in nature and ecology, particularly native birds and has been a volunteer on Tiritiri Matangi for a number of years. Rachel has a daughter named Tui who went to Leigh School and now is at Mahurangi College.

Rachel has stepped up to be the Acting Principal while we go through the process of finding a new Principal. She is in the office 3 days a week and in class 2 days.

Teacher Year 1/2/3 – Dominique Vikstrand

Dominique joined Leigh School in 2016 and is currently teaching the year 1 to 3 children. She is also responsible for the school Maths curriculum area.

While living in Denmark she taught for fourteen years in an International School in Copenhagen. Returning to New Zealand in time for her son to begin school she spent ten years teaching just down the road in Matakana.

During her last three years at Matakana School she taught in the Montessori classroom.

Some of the things she loves about working at Leigh are the incredibly beautiful natural resources that can be incorporated into the classroom programme and the strong sense of community and belonging that is evident the minute you step through the school gate. Dominique is a keen reader, gardener, olive grower, cook and is a passionate advocate of lifelong learning.

Teacher Year 4/5/6 – Debbie Fox

Debbie joined our teaching staff in 2015, initially as the teacher in Room 4, then moving to the senior class in Room 1 in 2015. She is also responsible for the Science and Technology curriculum areas.

Prior to starting at Leigh she was with Windy Ridge Primary in Auckland teaching year 1 and 2 students. Her other past teaching experience is varied with a long period of intermediate level teaching of both Year 7 & 8, learning support roles, a team leader position & a number of years as a BOT Staff Representative.

Teacher Year 0/1/2 & Principal Release – Melanie Medland

Whaea Melanie is a specialist new entrant teacher, she will be working in Te Waipuna on the three days that Rachel is out of the classroom. She has many years experience and has fitted in very well with the staff and the children really like her.

Other Staff

Communications – Rachel Waterhouse and Kate Shears

Groundsman – Clive Mathers

Kapa Haka Tutor – Cleo Penman

Office Administrator / Cleaner – Fay Bradnam

Teacher Aide – Liz Brown

Board of Trustees

Tim Haggitt – Chairperson, Health & Safety and Sustainability

Rachel Waterhouse –
Staff Representative, Policy
& Acting Principal

Nick Shears – Secretary

Will Searle – Property

Lili Crockett – Finance & Māori Liasion

Friends of Leigh School / Parent Teacher Association

Position available – Chairperson

Helen Williams – Treasurer

Carrie Fowler – Secretary

Awa Gillgren, Keria Fenton & John Stewart – Members

We would love the opportunity to chat with you about our school and community, please feel free to call into the school or contact us.

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