WELCOME TO LEIGH SCHOOL
Principal & Teacher Year 5/6 – Kerrin Jamieson
Kia, ora. I joined Leigh School as Principal in November, 2019. I have lived in Leigh for the past fifteen years and celebrate the diversity, uniqueness and great community spirit that exists. I have a great respect for our local environment, our iwi and tikanga. A defining characteristic of Leigh school’s curriculum is the relationships that exist between Leigh school and its social and physical environments. Leigh schools Enviroschool journey has just begun and I couldn’t be in a more perfectly suited position to lead this change. I feel privileged to be in my position and through previous inquiry have gained in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Sustainability and Kaitiakitanga. I believe these are powerful concepts through which to foster rich and enduring connections and partnerships. In 2018 I completed a Post Graduate Degree in digital and collaborative learning and am a passionate advocate of educational reform and innovation.
Teacher Year 5/6 -Nadia Francis
Nadia joined Leigh School in 2020. She teaches within our senior classroom and is loved by her students.
Nadia has experience in all primary levels up to Year 8 and is passionate about creating a positive and enjoyable learning experience for students. She particularly loves teaching drama and literacy and using ICT in the classroom.
This year, Nadia is our lead teacher of the performing arts and she is currently working with a local creative to produce a school wide production.
Teacher Year 3/4 – Dominique Vikstrand
Dominique has been teaching at Leigh School since 2016 and is teaching the tamariki in Hauturu alongside Bronte. This year she is responsible for the Science curriculum and will work with Bronte on the Mathematics and Reading team. Dominique is our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) in our school, our Teacher Representative on the Board of Trustees, and is our Curriculum Team Leader.
Dominique has been teaching for over 30 years both in New Zealand and in Denmark.
She is a passionate advocate of lifelong learning and believes that children thrive and grow in a calm and caring classroom environment. Some of the things she loves about working at Leigh are the incredibly beautiful natural resources, such as our school garden, that are incorporated into our learning and the strong sense of community and belonging that is evident the minute you step through the school gate.
Teacher Year 0/1/2 – Bronte Waata
Bronte is currently on maternity leave, until June 2023. Bronte joined Leigh School in 2020 and is teaching our Year 0, 1 & 2 tamariki in Hauturu. She is responsible for the school Health and Physical Education curriculum and is the Sports Coordinator for our school.
Teacher Year 0/1/2 -Andrea Bell
Andrea joined Leigh School at the start of Term 3 to cover Bronte’s maternity leave.
Andrea grew up on a farm in Northland and attended a primary school with just 40 students. The school and local hall were the heart of the community. Now as a teacher she is excited to be joining the Leigh community, and looks forward to forming relationships with tamariki and their whānau.
Andrea is in her 3rd year of teaching having had a career in environmental science, policy and planning. Being a teacher is a delight. Every day presents opportunities to help students grow their learning, confidence and sense of belonging at school, and to have fun along the way.
Andi and partner Craig are very proud of their own two children, who are currently at university studying medicine and engineering. They live locally with a small assortment of other animals. In her spare time she enjoys walking, camping, horse riding and trying to surf.
Office Administrator – Georgie Brebner
Groundsman – Clive Mathers
Teacher Aide – Liz Brown
Board of Trustees
Tim Haggitt – Chairperson, Health & Safety and Sustainability
Kerrin Jamieson – Policy & Principal
Dominique Vikstrand – Staff Representative
Nick Shears – Secretary
Will Searle – Property
John Stewart – Finance
Friends of Leigh School / Parent Teacher Association
Georgie Brebner – Chairperson
Emily Williams – Treasurer
Maite Serna – Secretary