Michelle Spencer – Principal
Tena koutou, greetings to you all. I am excited to lead the learning at Rapaura School, a successful and highly regarded school that engages, challenges and supports students to improve their all-round achievement and interpersonal skills. I aim to build on these strengths and to enhance our reputation as a successful sought-after school. It gives me great pleasure to share with the wider community of our recent 4-5 year ERO report.
Nicola Corbishley – Office Administrator
Nicola has recently joined us as Office Administrator. Nicola is a parent of the school which has helped with the transitioning to the new position. Nicola has come with a wealth of experience and will work in the office with April.
April Morris – Finance Officer
April and her family moved to Marlborough in July 2013, and they are loving Blenheim and all the wonderful people. After working in finance and administration for the majority of her career she graduated as a Teacher Aide in 2009. In her spare time she enjoys getting out into the great outdoors with her family and exploring the beautiful South Island and all it has to offer.
Trish Weaver – Deputy Principal, Teacher Gifford Room, Yrs 7/8
Nominated twice for the National Excellence in Teaching Awards, our Y7/8 teacher has over 25 years of teaching experience. Trish nurtures – and challenges – the potential of our senior students by fostering their critical and creative thinking abilities, and their belief in themselves. She has set up the Rapaura Young Leaders Programme which has our Year 8s go on to college as self-motivated, confident, achieving learners.
Debbie Godsiff – Junior Syndicate Leader, Teacher Jellyman Room, New Entrants
My name is Debbie Godsiff and I am the New Entrants Teacher and Junior Syndicate Leader at Rapaura School. I have recently moved from the Tasman District and bring to Rapaura School eleven years of teaching experience with expertise in Art, Science and Environmental Education. My aim is to foster a love of learning in every child, by teaching creative, engaging and fun lessons that are responsive to the interests and passions of the children in my class. I feel extremely privileged to be trusted with the important job of being a child’s first teacher as they begin their school journey.
Chris Valli – Teacher O’Dwyer/Basset Room, Yr 4/5
I am excited to implement my passion for Performing Arts (drama/music) at Rapaura and look forward to giving students the confidence and opportunity that comes with performing. I thrive on teaching literacy and physical education. I enjoy developing open relationships with all students where they are challenged right across the curriculum. In my spare time, I enjoy all sports and a good sports book.
Giselle Otway – Teacher Coleman Room, Yrs 1/2/3
Giselle has previously taught at tertiary level and has retrained for primary. Full of enthusiasm, Giselle aims to extend our students and build each students confidence in their own abilities. Keen on sports, Giselle is often found at the weekends on the sideline of sporting fixtures.
Honour Welbourn – Teacher Coleman Room, Yr 1/2/3
Honour, new to teaching in 2017, strives to get the best from each of her students by really getting to know the individuals within the class and finding out what makes them tick, ensuring authentic learning. Her aim is to nurture curiosity, independence, creativity and the love of learning.
Sophie Shaul – Teacher O’Dwyer Room
I am new to Marlborough and Rapaura School, where I am currently teaching Year 6. I made the move a year ago, from England to New Zealand. I am loving it here and I’m definitely planning to stay. With high expectations for every student and myself, my love for learning is clearly apparent. With a puppy to keep me company, my weekends are enjoyed outdoors in the Marlborough Sounds.
Mikayla Avant – Teacher Bassett Room
My name is Mikayla Avant, being a beginning teacher i bring new energy and enthusiasm to Rapaura School, coming from a small harbourside town i aim to build relationships with my students and their families alike to work collaboratively within the classroom for the best outcome of the students learning. I am very fitness and outdoors orientated and love to try and bring this into the classroom where i can.
Tania Jenkins – Literacy teacher
I am very happy to have joined the Rapaura School teaching team this year.
I come from teaching a multilevel junior class at Ward School for the last two years. Before that I taught for many years in junior and middle school classes, and trained as a Reading Recovery teacher, at Ashhurst School near Palmerston North.
My new role encompasses supporting Literacy across Rapaura School, teaching in classrooms while teachers are busy with Classroom Release Time, and teaching one day a week in Bassett Room.
Erin McPhail – Teacher Coleman Room
Erin has been at Rapaura School since 2012. Returning from maternity leave for 2019, Erin will be based in Coleman Room and job sharing with Honour Welbourn. Erin is an experienced Junior school teacher with a passion for providing quality learning programmes which help children develop foundational literacy and numeracy skills, curiosity about the world around them and creative thinking. She strives to create an environment where a love of learning can grow and all learners can experience success.
Damune Davidson – Teacher Aide
Damune works mostly with a Y7 child supporting and accommodating learning across the curriculum. Damune is a quiet natured person complimenting the learning outcomes. Damune has a wealth of knowledge linked with caring and recovery of animals, which pleases all the animal lovers we have at school.
Shiloh Fyfe – Teacher Aide
Shiloh enjoys the creativity and enthusiasm the children bring to the classroom. Shiloh has come from a catering background, which compliments our learning programmes particularly when food is involved. Shiloh currently supports the junior classrooms and enjoys supporting their learning and seeing the difference the children make with their learning.
Jo Jager – Cleaner & Caretaker
Jo joined the team 2016 initially as school cleaner but now as our caretaker/cleaner and pool supervisor. Jo is passionate about presentation and always ensures our school grounds are looking tidy and looked after. We are very appreciative of the time she dedicates to our school. Jo is always ensuring our school grounds are safe but if there is ever a temporary hazard or something that is of concern please inform Jo or the school office.