Meet Our Team

OUR GOVERNANCE BODIES

Kapiti Waldorf Trust:  proprietor of our land and buildings and the guardian of  our ‘Special Character’ for school and kindergarten, also oversees the governance of our Early Childhood Education at Te Rāwhiti

School Board: responsible for Te Rā School’s performance, and ensures that all legal requirements are met

OUR PEOPLE

School Tumuaki / Principal:  Kerstin Wagner

Kindergarten Kaiārahi / Centre Manager:  (Position currently vacant. To contact the kindergarten management please email our office.)

Executive Officer:  Rhonda Huntley

Financial Administrator:  Tonia Goodwin-Fox

Caretaker:  Jason Grundy

Receptionist:  Cat Hendra

Enrolment Officer:  Natasha Robertson

Class teachers

Class 1:  Aleka Beaumont

Class 2:  Katherine Benge

Class 3:  Natasha McLean & Sharon Wilmshurst

Class 4:  Buck Campbell

Class 5:  Paul Fletcher

Class 6:  Ashley Gibbs

Class 7: Thereza Scott & David Simpson

Kindergarten teachers

Ruru Group: Olivia Chubb with Rebecca Pene & Dianna Fary

Korimako Group: Shelly Andrews & Beth MacGibbon with Jill Murray

Kereru Group: Gussie Gertge with Tina Regtien and Noritta Attwood

Riroriro Group: Vanessa Baker and Rebecca Cooper with Fiona Raynel

Teacher Aide: Jill Murray (all groups)

Additional staff release: Erin Blayney

Specialist teachers

Literacy Support:  Thereza Scott

Eurythmy:  Sue Pegler

Handwork:  Sharon Wilmhurst, Janine Walker, Amanda Bradley & Maria Protassova

Woodwork:  Paul Denford

Kaiako Māori:  Rongo Ngata

Cooking:  Fiona Walker

Gardening:  Christian Boedeker

Art:  Maria Protassova

Orchestra:  Mary Taylor

String Programme:  Mary Taylor & Janet Holborow

Outdoor Classroom: Amanda Bradley

Teacher Aides

Christine Cangardel & Alexis Hermansen

Kapiti Waldorf Trust (Proprietors Trust)

The Kapiti Waldorf Trust, as governance body, founded Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten and Te Rā School. The Trust made the choice to negotiate an Integration Agreement with the Ministry of Education in order for Te Rā to become a state-integrated school with a special character (Waldorf School). The Trust continues to be the governance body that safeguards our Special Character. It ensures we deliver high quality Waldorf education and owns and/or leases the land and buildings. The Trust also holds the licence for our kindergartens operating at the Raumati South site and in Paekakariki.

KWT chair: Johannes Boele van Hensbroek

Other trust members: Shelley Wrigley (Kindergarten Licencee), David Simpson, Richard Hale, Doris Zuur, Sylvia Madden

Kapiti Waldorf Trust

School Board

Every state and state-integrated schools and kura in New Zealand is governed by a school board, which is a Crown entity. A Crown entity is an organisation that is part of New Zealand’s public sector. The board’s job is to see that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically, and in the best interests of its students. It is also the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction . The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the school or kura in line with the board’s direction and policies.

Presiding member: Michael Freeman (elected parent representative)

Other parent reps: Simon McKay, Gordon McKenzie, Tommy Benefield, Matt Lamason

Principal: Kerstin Wagner

KWT reps: Shelley Wrigley, David Simpson

Staff rep: (temporary vacancy)