Meet Our Staff
I am committed to our school and to the education of our students. My primary role is to advocate for our youth in this community ensuring that they are at the heart of the matter. We must be inclusive, valuing all individuals. My imperative is to support them to become confident in themselves, well educated, and secure in their relationships and community, so that they may be remarkable as individuals.
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Taumarere te Awa, Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi. I believe that all children deserve the right to excel within education. It is our role and responsibility as kaiako / educators to provide quality learning experiences that engage and inspire our young people. Nau te rourou, naaku te rourou ka ora ai nga tamariki.
Assistant Principal -Yrs 0-2
Kia Ora, I’m Celia Risbridger, born, brought up, educated and living in Raglan! I started my teaching career at Raglan Area School in 1994, and have taught all primary levels since then, including seven years as New Entrant teacher from 2004-2011.
During 2013, 2014 and 2015 I worked at school with students who were struggling in mathematics and undertook post-graduate study to support this. I was ‘on leave’ from school in 2016, working part-time as a mathematics facilitator for the University of Waikato, mentoring and sharing my learning with teachers doing similar work in other schools.
I’m looking forward to being the New Entrant teacher at Raglan Area School in 2017, and getting to know you and your tamariki as they begin their journey of school learning. I’m also leader of the Year 0-2 team.
When not at school, you’re most likely to find me in my garden or walking the beaches and bush tracks of Raglan!
Assistant Principal - Yrs 7-10
Ko Kawhia te moana. Ko Tainui te waka. As an Assistant Principal, I believe that it is very important that all students have their learning needs met and to do this we should be able to do things differently. I believe that school should be safe, positive, focussed on learning and achievement, where students are paramount. For me learning is a partnership with whanau and I encourage whanau to be part of the learning process.
Assistant Principal (Yrs 11-13)
Together, with an enthusiastic team of teachers, I emphasise the importance of students’ achieving personal standards of excellence, in academic, sporting and cultural activities, by providing opportunities to experience success both in and beyond the classroom.
Teachers Years 0-6
|Year 1/New Entrant||Rm D2A||Celia Risbridger|
|Year 1||Rm D2B||Kim Geros|
|Years 2||Rm D3||Alison Hewitt|
|Years 3/4||Rm E3||Amy Haswell|
|Years 3/4||Rm E4||Annika Fries|
|Years 3/4||Rm E5||Sheree Gibson|
|Years 5/6||Rm E1||Liam Coulder-Lavers|
|Years 5/6||Rm E2||Donna Fisher|
|Years 5/6||Rm I1||Gabrielle Williams|
|Reading Recovery||Rebecca Hishon|
|SENCO||Steph de Besten|
Teachers Te Roopu Aroha Ki Te Reo
|Years 1-5||Meremere, Tawera||Kylie Hollis|
|Years 6-8||Matariki||Chanel Ruawai|
Whanau Teachers & Whanau Rooms Years 8-13
|Year 7/8||RM C3||Jason Wairepo|
|Year 7||RM C4||Ariana Millward|
|Year 8||RM C1||Pete Maloney|
|Year 9||Rm M1||Te Whaiwhaia Ritchie|
|Year 9/10||RM M2||Gwyn Brodie|
|Year 10||RM M3||Joseph Rao|
|Yr 12 Dean||RM H8||Stevie Gardiner|
|Yr 12||RM Hall||Hans Geursen|
|Yr 13||RM H4||Glenn Rangitonga|
|Yr 12||RM H6||Kerry Arlidge|
|Yr 12||RM AV||Logan Nathan|
|Yr 11 Dean||RM H2||Lee Copson|
|Surf Academy||RM J1||Larry Fisher|
|Surf Academy||RM J1||Deane Hishon|
|Yr 11||RM K3||David O’Loughlin|
|Yr 13 Dean||RM K1||Pauline Sweetman|
|Yr 11||RM H7||Naomi Tavio|
Management Unit Holders/Management Allowance Holders
|Lead Teacher Enviro||Angela Prain|
|Maori Achievement||Quenten Browne|
|Senior Teacher SENCO||Steph de Besten|
|Senior Teacher Year 7-8||Peter Maloney|
|Senior Teacher Year 9-10||Joseph Rao|
|Senior Teacher Year 11-13||Pauline Sweetman|
|Senior Teachers Surfing Academy||Deane Hishon/ Larry Fisher|
|HoD P.E./Health||Hans Geursen|
|HoD Science||Lee Copson|
|HoD Technology||Glenn Rangitonga|
|HoD Art||Kerry Arlidge|
|HoD English||David O’Loughlin|
|HoD Social Sciences||Naomi Tovio|
|HoD Maths||Logan Nathan|
|HoD Te Reo Maori||Quenten Browne|
|Kiri Crombie||Social Worker in School (SWiS)|
|Michele Anderson||Public Health Nurse|
|Amber McAllister||School Nurse|
|Karen Clark||Office Manager/Receptionist/Personal Assistant to the Principal|
|Sue Millward||Student Management Officer / First Aid|
|Hinemoa Rossi||Executive Officer|
|Kris Thorpe||Gateway Administrator|
|Anaru Topia||Attendance Officer|
|Marian Cox||Library Manager|
|Wayne Morris||Homestay Surfing Academy Coordinator|
|Jake Fyalka||IT Technician/ICT Teacher Assistant|
|TBA||Teacher Assistant/Lab Technician|
|Rose Putaranui||Teacher Assistant|
|Nikki Abrams||Sportfit Coordinator|
Grounds and Cleaning Staff
|Lorna Eason||Team Supervisor, cleaner Admin Area, Dental Clinic & L Block|
|Annie Calder||H 7 and 8, J and I Block|
|TBC||E, F and G Block|
|TBC||C and D Block|
|Maria Manuel||B Block|
Recent Blog Posts
Date Wednesday - Thursday 4th - 5th April Kia Ora Whaanau, We have confirmed our postponement date. A form has been sent home this afternoon (Friday 16 March) so please complete and return to school. We realise that with the change of date there may be changes in...
Tena koutou te whanau o Te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa Greetings to all of our whanau and to our students. Aroha Hohepa our New Deputy Principal will be coming to Raglan in the term break and we are keeping an eye out for a suitable residence for her so, if you have, or...
Dear parents, you are very welcome to join us, D Block, this afternoon (12.45pm, although we'll be there from 12.30pm) at the school pool. We'll be demonstrating all the swimming and water skills we've learnt so far this year and would love for you to watch. See you...