WELCOME TO LEIGH SCHOOL
Principal & Teacher Year 4/5/6 – Kerrin Jamieson
Kia, ora. I joined Leigh School as Principal in November, 2019. I have lived in Leigh for the past twelve 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. I feel privileged to be in a position of leadership and have gained broad experience in relation to the concepts of Sustainability, Kaitiakitanga and Turangawaewae. I believe these are powerful concepts through which to foster rich and enduring connections. In 2018 I completed a Post Graduate Degree in digital and collaborative learning and am a passionate advocate of educational reform and innovation.
Emma joined Leigh School in 2020 and is currently teaching in Te Moana (Years 4 – 6) alongside Principal, Kerrin Jamieson. She is responsible for developing the student leadership programme within the school, Kapa Haka, The Arts (visual arts, dance, drama and music) and is the Curriculum Team Leader. Emma also has the role of WSL (Within School Leader) as part of the Mahurangi Kahui Ako. Emma will also work alongside Bronte as sports coordinator.
Emma has been teaching for over fifteen years with experience in both primary and secondary schools. With a background in Graphic Design, she spent many years teaching Visual Arts, Photography and Design to NCEA students, before becoming a Year 7/8 homeroom teacher. For the past 6 years, she has been teaching Year 6 students and is excited at the opportunity to join the Leigh School whanau.
Emma is passionate about ensuring all learners experience success and believes in fostering a learning environment based on whanaungatanga, where trust and respect are paramount and learners feel supported, their diversity valued and there is a sense of belonging. She believes strong, positive relationships with learners and their whanau are key and form the foundation of an exciting, engaging and supportive learning environment. She looks forward to working and learning alongside all of the wonderful tamariki at Leigh School.
Teacher Year 1/2/3 – 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 the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) in our school and the Teacher Representative on the Board of Trustees.
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 – Bronte Waata
Bronte joined Leigh School in 2020 and is teaching the tamariki in Hauturu (Year 0-3) alongside Dominique. She is responsible for the school Health and Physical Education curriculum and is the Sports Coordinator for our school.
Teacher – Nadia Francis
Nadia joined Leigh School in 2020. She teaches across the school and provides teachers with their classroom release time. Nadia also teaches an accelerant literacy class three days a week.
Nadia has experience in all primary levels up to Year 8 and loves having the diversity in her week where she can be teaching 5yr olds one day and 10yr olds the next. She 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.
Office Administrator – Georgie Brebner
Communications – Kate Shears
Groundsman – Clive Mathers
Cleaner – Jay Carmicheals
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
Lili Crockett – Māori Liaison
John Stewart – Finance
Friends of Leigh School / Parent Teacher Association
Kate Shears – Chairperson
Emily Williams – Treasurer
Maite Serna – Secretary
Keria Fenton, Kara Winter – Summer Festival Coordinators