Gina Smith - Principal
Tara Johnson - Office Administrator
I was born here in our local maternity home and grew up playing on our street with neighboring children and yelling out "cars" when we had to get off the road for cars coming. I loved my years here at Featherston School where we had "windy fort" and the bell was rung by a student with a metal rod and we wore mufti clothing all the time.
I have two teen boys and a very supportive husband.
I am a volunteer firefighter with our Featherston Fire Brigade - Thanks to Gina, I am able to go to calls during school hours so sometimes I wont be in the office to help you.
Room 1 - New Entrants
Sue Ham - Classroom Teacher & Junior School Team Leader
Debbie - Teacher Aide
I have lived in Featherston for about 28 years, I have worked or volunteered at Featherston School for the past 20. I am currently the cleaner and the teacher aide in Room 1. I love coming to school each day, it does not feel like work at all. Every day is a pleasure, the children bring such joy to my days. Being greeted by all those happy faces, smothered in hugs is the best way to begin the day. Who could ask for more?
Room 2 - Year 2
Kimberley Hewison - Classroom Teacher
Shared teaching position in Room 2 with Philippa Hilliard
Natalie - Teacher Aide
Room 3 - Year 3
Natalie Orbell - Classroom Teacher
I highly value home-school partnerships and believe in shared communication and that collaboration is important to support tamariki and their learning needs. I encourage high expectations and believe the students need to be challenged and have achievable and realistic goals established. I always treat my students fairly and with respect.
My classroom will be a positive, fun, friendly and safe environment for learning and students need to feel comfortable taking risks.
Leah - Teacher Aide
Room 4 - Year 4
Michael Holmes - Classroom Teacher
Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei
Darren - Teacher Aide
I have lived in Featherston for over 10 years, and am very proud to call it my home.
Room 5 - Year 7 & 8
Whaea Michelle - Deputy Principal - Senior School Team Leader
Adele - Teacher Aide
Room 6 - Year 6 & 7
Sue Button - Classroom Teacher
I became a teacher because I want to help children realise their true potential. I really enjoy challenging children to become lifelong learners in everything they do. I have had some amazing teachers myself who made learning fun and engaging and made sure school was a wonderful experience for me and I hope to replicate this in my classroom. I have been involved with children sports for most of my adult life through coaching and before teaching I worked in the banking and superannuation industry.
Te Ata - Teacher Aide
Room 7 - Year 5
Vicki Smith - Classroom Teacher
Jo - Teacher Aide
I’m Jo Johnson, I have lived in Featherston for about 28yrs. I have two girls aged 22 and 20, who were both taught at Featherston School. I have been a teacher aide at Featherston School since 2004, I have worked in all classes throughout the school in that time. I am also the library administrator in the school. I love supporting and helping to teach the kids in this town. I am the Featherston Swimming Club President and have been on the committee for 14yrs.
Sandra Walters - Technology Teacher
I remember my class of year 5/ 6 students designing and making yachts out of recycled materials and racing them in the school creek. I also remember using different natural materials to dye fabrics. Perhaps these experiences are what encouraged me to specialise in technology. I enjoy talking with a wide variety of students. I enjoy seeing delight on the faces of students who have achieved something they did not believe they could do. I love to see the creativity of students in my classes – they come up with some very useful, relevant designs and just need me to help them make them.
I started working when I was a child, picking raspberries. Since then I have work in a fruit shop, a cheese factory, waitressing, at the Statistics department (yawn), market research administration & client service, in the school office, as a teacher Aide, a teacher, a general election polling place manager, a minute secretary & Returning Officer for BOT.
Ange Compton - Technology Teacher
I have previously been a bus driver, worked in a gallery, been a researcher and been involved in natural healing. The funniest thing I remember as a teacher was not noticing that some students had glued equipment to the ceiling.
Dallas Powell - Teacher
I like that each child is an individual. A 5 year old has as much character as a 13 year old. They soak up knowledge like a sponge. I have previously worked for IHC and IRD in between teaching jobs. I once asked a student if I had 6 bananas and I ate 2, what fraction would I have left? His answer was “The skins”!