Staff Photo – 2019
Our Teaching Staff:
Principal: Dianne McKee –
Carie 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!
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.
Stacey 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.
Sarah 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:
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.
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.
Cleaner: Megan Wilton
Caretaker: Catherine Wright