Meet the Team
Our Dedicated Staff:
Ms Jenny Bennett – Principal
Kia Ora e te Whānau,
Ngā mihi mahana nui,
Jonnny Anderson – Deputy Principal
Mrs. Lynda Anderson – Associate Leader, Team Leader Senior PLC
Leader of Digital Technology and generally making the senior hub an incredibly exciting place to be a student! You’ll find her in Room 4, Kahikatea, teaching a wonderful class of Year 5-6 students.
Mrs Nicole Manson
Whanau teacher of Room 2, Totara. A keen project based learner, singer, drama/theatre enthusiast, she is supporting the vision of the middle hub with her class of Year 3-4 students.
Ms. Trudi Fersterer
Part time, or ‘half’ the whānau teacher of Pikopiko, a growing classroom of bouncy Year 0-1 students.
Mr. Leath Armstrong
Mr A is the whānau teacher of Rata, and super teacher of Year 1-2 students. He is also in charge of Mathematics at Takaka Primary School.
Ms. Margaret Kwok
Whanau teacher of Pikopiko, Room 8. Margaret joins us with a Steiner and NZ curriculum background, and she’s going to bring TPS alive with enviro-schools in 2018!
Kathrin “Kat” Armstrong
Whanau teacher of Room 1, Rata – middle hub, year 3 and 4 children.
Whanau teacher of room 3, Kauri – senior hub, year 5-6 children. I am a Canadian who has a strong passion for sport and constantly being active. I have a desire to help others not only achieve their goals, but to excel and surpass their expectations. I believe that education is a way that we can better ourselves and make our futures brighter, it is my wish for my students to be lifelong learners.
Kia Ora, My name is Talia Lynch. I am a born and bred local and grew up on a farm in Puramahoi. I left Golden Bay to complete my tertiary education before having the opportunity to teach in Motueka, Nelson, England and Auckland. After being away 20 years it was time to come home, and I recently returned with my husband Michael, and two young boys, Kahu and Mana. I am excited to be starting a new teaching position at TPS and look forward to supporting your children on their learning journeys. You’ll find her in Room 4, Kahikatea, teaching Year 5-6 students.
Whaea Jaye works in both Pikopiko and the middle hub, and will be leading our Friday afternoon Unity Time
Supporting Our Students
Corina manages bus lists, attendance and lateness, accidents and illness, and is our first port of call at the office.
Gina is everywhere in our school! Gina is utilised by the senior hub to support learning programmes.
Hayley is everywhere in our school! Hayley is utilised by the junior hub to support learning programmes.
Mark is the systems and infrastructure guy… technology, building us useful systems that make our school run smoothly and keep all students safe and accounted for. Mark oversees many office matters, looks after our property needs in liaison with the principal and board, is the staff rep and manages the monthly financials.
Jass works as our landscaper and groundskeeper Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He isn’t quite into email yet, but is always there to say Hello. Jass does a marvellous job improving our school grounds. If you’d like to jump on board with a project, have a chat with him!
Lorraine Hartill, Kerry Swan and Adrienne Ma’a keep our school looking clean and gorgeous!