Our Staff

Staff Photo – 2019

Our Teaching Staff:


Relief Principal: Margaret Hyslop – Kia ora, my name is Margaret Hyslop (my family and friends call me Marg or Margie).  I have been privileged to be the principal of three different rural primary schools and also previously had great opportunities to work as a teacher at all class levels in both primary and secondary (Y1 – Y13) during my long career in education.
I was raised in a large family on a dairy farm just outside Eketahuna under the Tararua ranges, beside the Makakahi  river.  My Dad served in the 22nd and 25th Battalions during WW2.  I am married to Bill who is a fencing contractor (previously sheep & beef farming) and we have four children and three grandchildren.  We reside in the beautiful Wairarapa (Masterton) on a lifestyle block.
I am really excited about working at Waiouru in Term 2.

carieCarie King – Reception Classroom Teacher  -Hi, my name is Carie King and I have been a teacher at Waiouru School for a while now, starting out as a beginning teacher at the “old school” before heading off on my OE and taking leave to spend time with my son Art. I am based just out of Raetihi, and I live with my husband Owen, son and our many animals. I am really enjoying learning and playing with the Guardian’s class this year! It is amazing what children can learn and accomplish when they have the freedom to play!


jackieJackie Kaio – Reception Classroom Teacher, Hi, my name is Jackie Kaio. I am originally from London, Ontario, Canada. I began my teaching career back in Canada in 2004. I then moved to New Zealand a few years later to be with my husband, James. We are a military family and have moved  every 2 years, meaning I have had the privilege of working in many different schools in both Palmerston North and Wellington. This last posting has brought our family to Waiouru. I feel very lucky to be teaching in the reception room this year.  I enjoy the enthusiasm the children have for learning and am always excited to see what new adventures each day may bring. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and sewing. I also enjoy climbing Waitangi with James and our daughter, Adelle.

Mrs Donaldson

Cath Donaldson

Cath Donaldson – Middle School Classroom Teacher, Hi, my name is Cath Donaldson and I have lived in the Ruapehu area all my life. I was brought up in Ohakune and now live in Raetihi with my husband Tom. We have 4 grown up daughters and 8 gorgeous grandkids. We are lucky to have some of them live close to us and visit the others whenever we can. Currently I am teaching in the Year 3 and 4 classroom. This is an exciting age to teach as they are just so full of enthusiasm for learning. I also have responsibility for our school library and enjoy looking for new books to purchase and trying to interest children in books.

File_000Stacey Buchanan – Junior Classroom Teacher, Kia ora. My name is Stacey Buchanan, at school the children call me Miss B or Stacey, I am happy with either. This is my 6th year with Waiouru School and I have loved every moment. I am originally from Taranaki and currently live in Pukeokahu (east of Taihape) with my partner JB on our 5 acre block. I am excited to be working with the Year 1-3 children this year as they settle into school life. Out of school I enjoy playing netball, spending time in my garden and reading a good book.



20180321_124125Sarah Porter Senior Classroom Teacher Kia ora, My name is Sarah Porter and I am the teacher for one of our Year 5-8 classes, Inferno. This is my third year teaching at Waiouru School, as well as my third year living here in Waiouru. I am originally from Blenheim where I lived prior to moving to Wellington for University. This is my second year teaching this age group and I am excited to continue exploring Project Based Teaching within the classroom. Its the School Sports Coordinator I am in-charge of organising all the school wide sports events. Out of school I enjoy photography, travelling and reading a good book.

 Our Support Staff:


Kerry Harding

Office Administrator: Kerry Harding. Hi,  I am one of the few that call Waiouru home. I was born here,  married a local farmer and had 4 daughters all of whom attended Waiouru Primary School. I have  been involved in Waiouru School for 31yrs now  and  I have been employed at the school for 19 of them and I still love it!  Been such a transient school I have seen so many children and staff come and go but everyone of them has had an impact on my life in one way or another. I have seen the school go from over 600 pupils, 19 classrooms, two staff rooms and two libraries  to the 95 students, five classrooms and the one library that we have today. I have many memories of  the old school when it was on two sites but the ones that have stuck  in my mind are  the cold, smelly, drafty, drab old corridors that could freeze the juice in your lunch boxes!!  I definitely appreciate our new warm colourful  school. The highlight of work  for me now is  my own grandchildren coming to school. I love it when their smiling faces come in and greet me every morning in the office.  I am  a very spoilt granma. I also enjoy the other regular children and mums that come through and have a yarn, it can at times be very entertaining. I look forward to the next 20 odd years of meeting more children, mums, dads, teachers and principals and maybe even my great grandchildren  starting school here. A 4th generation to attend Waiouru School, now that would have to be a first. 

Margie Wyatt

Margie Wyatt

Teachers Aide: Margie Wyatt Greetings all, my name is Margie Wyatt and I was born in the Chatham Islands. Waiouru has been my home for the last seven years. At Waiouru School I work in a supportive role as a teacher-aide. Reading, walking and visiting Tonga are my current interests. My “curriculum passion” is in the area of oral language, which enables us to learn through talk, to apply our learning and to address the challenges of social and technological change.

Teachers Aide: Lizzie Cottrell, Jo Donovan,  Annette Nilsson and Anoushka Pivac.
Cleaner: Megan Wilton
Caretaker: Catherine Wright