Our People

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 Edwards 

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.

Bronte has taught in Early Childhood Education for the past 7 years where she built a strong foundation of knowledge which she will utilise to support our tamariki in their early primary years. Curiosity and a passion for learning led Bronte towards completing a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) in 2019.
 
Strong collaborative relationships are important for Bronte and this forms the heart of her teaching. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and evolving and adapting her practice to cater for individual needs. Bronte looks forward to working alongside tamariki, parents and whānau. She hopes to continue to support, nurture, educate and connect with more tamariki throughout their education.

Other Staff

Communications – Kate Shears

Groundsman – Clive Mathers

Office Administrator / Cleaner – Fay Bradnam

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

Position available – Chairperson

Position available – Treasurer

Position available – 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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