Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Paul Pirihi

Principal

About Me

Tēna koutou katoa
Ko Paora Pirihi toku ingoa, No Takahiwai ahau, Ko Manaia te maunga, Ko te Rerenga Paraoa te Moana, Ko Takahiwai te marae, Ko Patuharakeke te hapu, Ko Ngati Wai te iwi, Ko au te Tumuaki o tenei kura a Rosebank School. I started as Principal in late 2017, and it is a privilege to lead a thriving school of exceptional teachers and support staff who work hard to build a strong partnership between home and school. There is an expectation that everything we do at Rosebank School has to be ‘above the line’ - we do not accept the norm and strive to provide the very best learning opportunities for each and every student here.
No reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
paul.pirihi@rosebank.school.nz

Bert Iosia

Associate Principal

Richard Bennett

Deputy Principal

About Me

Talofa Lava and Kia Ora everyone! My name is Richard Bennett and I feel honoured to be one of the new Deputy Principals here at Rosebank School. I am of half Samoan and English descent, was born in NZ, but grew up in both West Auckland and Samoa. One of my areas of responsibility includes overseeing Rosebank Schools unique Samoan and Maori bilingual units. I look forward to creating strong and meaningful relationships with our Rosebank school staff, students and community.
richard.bennett@rosebank.school.nz

Kelly Fitzjames

Deputy Principal

About Me

My name is Kelly Fitzjames and this is my first year here at Rosebank School. I am super happy, honoured, and feel extremely privileged to be part of the Rosebank whānau. I was born and bred in West Auckland and even attended Avondale College. I am one of the Deputy Principals and take care of years 1-3, this includes the Whau and Kotahitanga Syndicates. I love playing sport particularly cricket, football and golf, travelling and the outdoors. I also have a crazy passion for Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lego and the Ninja Turtles.
kelly.fitzjames@rosebank.school.nz

Jasmin Hansen-Mckay

Pou Ārahi

Paul Pirihi

Principal

About Me

Tēna koutou katoa
Ko Paora Pirihi toku ingoa, No Takahiwai ahau, Ko Manaia te maunga, Ko te Rerenga Paraoa te Moana, Ko Takahiwai te marae, Ko Patuharakeke te hapu, Ko Ngati Wai te iwi, Ko au te Tumuaki o tenei kura a Rosebank School. I started as Principal in late 2017, and it is a privilege to lead a thriving school of exceptional teachers and support staff who work hard to build a strong partnership between home and school. There is an expectation that everything we do at Rosebank School has to be ‘above the line’ - we do not accept the norm and strive to provide the very best learning opportunities for each and every student here.
No reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
paul.pirihi@rosebank.school.nz

Bert Iosia

Associate Principal

Richard Bennett

Deputy Principal

About Me

Talofa Lava and Kia Ora everyone! My name is Richard Bennett and I feel honoured to be one of the new Deputy Principals here at Rosebank School. I am of half Samoan and English descent, was born in NZ, but grew up in both West Auckland and Samoa. One of my areas of responsibility includes overseeing Rosebank Schools unique Samoan and Maori bilingual units. I look forward to creating strong and meaningful relationships with our Rosebank school staff, students and community.
richard.bennett@rosebank.school.nz

Kelly Fitzjames

Deputy Principal

About Me

My name is Kelly Fitzjames and this is my first year here at Rosebank School. I am super happy, honoured, and feel extremely privileged to be part of the Rosebank whānau. I was born and bred in West Auckland and even attended Avondale College. I am one of the Deputy Principals and take care of years 1-3, this includes the Whau and Kotahitanga Syndicates. I love playing sport particularly cricket, football and golf, travelling and the outdoors. I also have a crazy passion for Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lego and the Ninja Turtles.
kelly.fitzjames@rosebank.school.nz

Jasmin Hansen-Mckay

Pou Ārahi

Whau Team

Megan Meecham

Rm 1 - Reception

Gidget Mendonca

Rm 2 Teacher - Yr 1

About Me

Kia Ora! My name is Gidget Mendonça and I teach the lovely year 0/1 in Room 1. My hobbies are cooking, art & craft and sewing. I love the diversity of cultures at Rosebank school and I have enjoyed my time here. My joy comes in watching the 5 year olds grow and learn and actively participate in all activities . I cater to the needs of my students and strive to bring out the best in them.
gidget.mendonca@rosebank.school.nz

Olivia Balogh

Rm 3 - Team Leader - Yr 1

About Me

Szia! I’m Olivia Balogh and I feel so lucky to join the amazing Rosebank whānau this year. I’m taking on a new role leading the amazing Whau team and teaching a vibrant class of year 0/1s in Room 3. I have felt so welcomed at Rosebank by the staff, students and families and I am excited about what is ahead. My passion in teaching is to create a safe place where students aren’t afraid to make mistakes and take risks so that they can be successful, life-long learners who are proud of who they are.
olivia.balogh@rosebank.school.nz

Amanda Young

Rm 4 Teacher - Yr 1

About Me

Talofa! I’m Amanda Young. Rosebank School is a great school with such a unique culture and I feel so fortunate to be able to teach here for yet another year. This year I will be teaching some of our lovely year 1 students in Room 4! I am very excited to work with this year level and help them to achieve things that they can be proud of. In my classroom I want my students to know that it is ok to make mistakes because this is how we learn best. This year is going to be such a good year filled with lots of fun learning. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, reading, listening to live music and spending time with friends and family.
amanda.young@rosebank.school.nz

Shelby Kiwikiwi

Rm 7 Teacher - Yr 2

About Me

Kia ora e te iwi! Ko Shelby KiwiKiwi taku ingoa. No Tai Tokerau ahau. Raised in Whangarei and come from a huge family of 11 siblings. This has inspired my passion for teaching. This is my first year teaching at Rosebank School and what an honor it is to be apart of a vibrant community of learners and staff. You can find me in Room 7 with my talented wonderful class of Year 2.
shelby.kiwikiwi@rosebank.school.nz

Violet Ukutaula

Rm 8 Teacher - Yr 2

About Me

Fakaalofa lahi atu! My name is Violet Ukutaula and I teach the lovely year 3 and 4 students in Room 14. New to Rosebank School, it is indeed a privilege to be a part of such a welcoming, culturally vibrant and diverse school. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the ukulele, playing netball and enjoying the outdoors and I am passionate about learning that incorporates student voice and that nurtures the uniqueness of each individual. Have a wonderful year, blessings, kia monuina.
violet.ukutaula@rosebank.school.nz

Megan Meecham

Rm 1 - Reception

Gidget Mendonca

Rm 2 Teacher - Yr 1

About Me

Kia Ora! My name is Gidget Mendonça and I teach the lovely year 0/1 in Room 1. My hobbies are cooking, art & craft and sewing. I love the diversity of cultures at Rosebank school and I have enjoyed my time here. My joy comes in watching the 5 year olds grow and learn and actively participate in all activities . I cater to the needs of my students and strive to bring out the best in them.
gidget.mendonca@rosebank.school.nz

Olivia Balogh

Rm 3 - Team Leader - Yr 1

About Me

Szia! I’m Olivia Balogh and I feel so lucky to join the amazing Rosebank whānau this year. I’m taking on a new role leading the amazing Whau team and teaching a vibrant class of year 0/1s in Room 3. I have felt so welcomed at Rosebank by the staff, students and families and I am excited about what is ahead. My passion in teaching is to create a safe place where students aren’t afraid to make mistakes and take risks so that they can be successful, life-long learners who are proud of who they are.
olivia.balogh@rosebank.school.nz

Amanda Young

Rm 4 Teacher - Yr 1

About Me

Talofa! I’m Amanda Young. Rosebank School is a great school with such a unique culture and I feel so fortunate to be able to teach here for yet another year. This year I will be teaching some of our lovely year 1 students in Room 4! I am very excited to work with this year level and help them to achieve things that they can be proud of. In my classroom I want my students to know that it is ok to make mistakes because this is how we learn best. This year is going to be such a good year filled with lots of fun learning. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, reading, listening to live music and spending time with friends and family.
amanda.young@rosebank.school.nz

Shelby Kiwikiwi

Rm 7 Teacher - Yr 2

About Me

Kia ora e te iwi! Ko Shelby KiwiKiwi taku ingoa. No Tai Tokerau ahau. Raised in Whangarei and come from a huge family of 11 siblings. This has inspired my passion for teaching. This is my first year teaching at Rosebank School and what an honor it is to be apart of a vibrant community of learners and staff. You can find me in Room 7 with my talented wonderful class of Year 2.
shelby.kiwikiwi@rosebank.school.nz

Violet Ukutaula

Rm 8 Teacher - Yr 2

About Me

Fakaalofa lahi atu! My name is Violet Ukutaula and I teach the lovely year 3 and 4 students in Room 14. New to Rosebank School, it is indeed a privilege to be a part of such a welcoming, culturally vibrant and diverse school. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the ukulele, playing netball and enjoying the outdoors and I am passionate about learning that incorporates student voice and that nurtures the uniqueness of each individual. Have a wonderful year, blessings, kia monuina.
violet.ukutaula@rosebank.school.nz

Kotahitanga Team

Carolyn Taka

Rm 10 Teacher - Yr 3/4

About Me

Kia ora koutou Mrs Carolyn Taka. You can find me in room 10 with students from Tonga, Samoa, Russia, Philippines, Vietnam, New Zealand and Ethiopia. I have taught years 1-6 over the years and still have a passion for learning with the students. I am a great fisherwoman and enjoy rugby and league. I have lived in Avondale for over 40 years and have two awesome daughters, four outstanding mokopuna and a supportive whanau.
carolyn.taka@rosebank.school.nz

Jordan Pautu

Rm 11 Teacher - Yr 3/4

About Me

Fakaalofa lahi atu! My name is Jordan Pautu and you can find me in Room 11, teaching the awesome year 2&3’s. This is my first year at Rosebank and it is such a privilege to be working alongside the welcoming Rosebank whānau, and to be embraced by such a colourful and culturally diverse school. I enjoy the outdoors where I can get out and try new things, road trips, travelling to different countries, netball, reading, eating, spending time with my family and friends, soaking up sun at the beach and teaching!
jordan.pautu@rosebank.school.nz

Lisa Owens

Rm 12 Teacher - Yr 3/4

About Me

Bula! My name is Lisa Owens and I’m currently in Room 12 teaching a year 3&4 class. This is my first year at Rosebank and I feel so lucky to be part of this welcoming community. When I come to school I also feel like I’m walking into my home country Fiji as the teaching community, as well as the community are out of this world. My family is my world and I treat my class like that too. Vinaka
lisa.owens@rosebank.school.nz

Sophy Jethender

Rm 14 - Team Leader - Yr 3/4

About Me

Kia ora! I'm Sophy. I've been at Rosebank School for 2 years but have been a teacher for 15 years. My experiences as a teacher gave me meaningful insights into the various characters of our children. Each child is different! So each child deserves a custom-made tailored approach for learning. ​Let's face it! No one likes to study! So my main goal for Room 16 is to make learning fun so that children are mentally stimulated to want to know more. I provide opportunities and challenges that mould my students into our leaders of the future! I'm a strong advocate of persisting during tough times and I hope to instill in them this valuable trait. In my free time, I enjoy some heavy-duty gardening and pretty much anything gardening related. Also, NERD ALERT, I love solving math puzzles. I welcome all parents to come chat with me some time about gardening or their child!
sophy.jethender@rosebank.school.nz

Carolyn Taka

Rm 10 Teacher - Yr 3/4

About Me

Kia ora koutou Mrs Carolyn Taka. You can find me in room 10 with students from Tonga, Samoa, Russia, Philippines, Vietnam, New Zealand and Ethiopia. I have taught years 1-6 over the years and still have a passion for learning with the students. I am a great fisherwoman and enjoy rugby and league. I have lived in Avondale for over 40 years and have two awesome daughters, four outstanding mokopuna and a supportive whanau.
carolyn.taka@rosebank.school.nz

Jordan Pautu

Rm 11 Teacher - Yr 3/4

About Me

Fakaalofa lahi atu! My name is Jordan Pautu and you can find me in Room 11, teaching the awesome year 2&3’s. This is my first year at Rosebank and it is such a privilege to be working alongside the welcoming Rosebank whānau, and to be embraced by such a colourful and culturally diverse school. I enjoy the outdoors where I can get out and try new things, road trips, travelling to different countries, netball, reading, eating, spending time with my family and friends, soaking up sun at the beach and teaching!
jordan.pautu@rosebank.school.nz

Lisa Owens

Rm 12 Teacher - Yr 3/4

About Me

Bula! My name is Lisa Owens and I’m currently in Room 12 teaching a year 3&4 class. This is my first year at Rosebank and I feel so lucky to be part of this welcoming community. When I come to school I also feel like I’m walking into my home country Fiji as the teaching community, as well as the community are out of this world. My family is my world and I treat my class like that too. Vinaka
lisa.owens@rosebank.school.nz

Sophy Jethender

Rm 14 - Team Leader - Yr 3/4

About Me

Kia ora! I'm Sophy. I've been at Rosebank School for 2 years but have been a teacher for 15 years. My experiences as a teacher gave me meaningful insights into the various characters of our children. Each child is different! So each child deserves a custom-made tailored approach for learning. ​Let's face it! No one likes to study! So my main goal for Room 16 is to make learning fun so that children are mentally stimulated to want to know more. I provide opportunities and challenges that mould my students into our leaders of the future! I'm a strong advocate of persisting during tough times and I hope to instill in them this valuable trait. In my free time, I enjoy some heavy-duty gardening and pretty much anything gardening related. Also, NERD ALERT, I love solving math puzzles. I welcome all parents to come chat with me some time about gardening or their child!
sophy.jethender@rosebank.school.nz

Manawa Team

Casey Crooks

Rm 15 Teacher - Yr 4/5

Anwar Nadat

Rm 16 Teacher - Yr 5/6

Rebecca Harris

Rm 17 - Team Leader - Yr 5/6

About Me

Kia ora. My name is Rebecca Harris. I am of Ngapuhi descent. I was born and raised in West Auckland. I have been teaching at Rosebank School for over 20 years. My favourite subjects are te reo, Mathematics, PE and Music. The students, parents and staff of Rosebank School are fantastic. ‘Be Brave’ is our class motto.
rebecca.harris@rosebank.school.nz

Shalveen Singh

Rm 18 Teacher - Yr 5/6

About Me

Namaste! I‘m Shalveen and I teach Y5/6 classroom Room 18. This is my 8th year teaching at Rosebank School. As teachers we spend a very large part of the day with your children. Our influence and impact on their lives is big. I therefore have a strong focus on building a strong class whanau. Positive (learning) relationships, high expectations and an inspiring learning environment will help kids thrive and reach their highest potential. I love working in such a fun, supportive and forward thinking environment.
shalveen.singh@rosebank.school.nz

Casey Crooks

Rm 15 Teacher - Yr 4/5

Anwar Nadat

Rm 16 Teacher - Yr 5/6

Rebecca Harris

Rm 17 - Team Leader - Yr 5/6

About Me

Kia ora. My name is Rebecca Harris. I am of Ngapuhi descent. I was born and raised in West Auckland. I have been teaching at Rosebank School for over 20 years. My favourite subjects are te reo, Mathematics, PE and Music. The students, parents and staff of Rosebank School are fantastic. ‘Be Brave’ is our class motto.
rebecca.harris@rosebank.school.nz

Shalveen Singh

Rm 18 Teacher - Yr 5/6

About Me

Namaste! I‘m Shalveen and I teach Y5/6 classroom Room 18. This is my 8th year teaching at Rosebank School. As teachers we spend a very large part of the day with your children. Our influence and impact on their lives is big. I therefore have a strong focus on building a strong class whanau. Positive (learning) relationships, high expectations and an inspiring learning environment will help kids thrive and reach their highest potential. I love working in such a fun, supportive and forward thinking environment.
shalveen.singh@rosebank.school.nz

Te Whānau ō Pātiki Team

Pāora Reeder

Rm 25 Teacher - Yr 1-3

Jasmin Hansen-Mckay

Rm 26 - Team Leader - Year 4-6

Lenny Dyer

Rm 26 - Year 4-6

Bella Mano

Kaiarahi Reo

Pāora Reeder

Rm 25 Teacher - Yr 1-3

Jasmin Hansen-Mckay

Rm 26 - Team Leader - Year 4-6

Lenny Dyer

Rm 26 - Year 4-6

Bella Mano

Kaiarahi Reo

Tupulaga mo a Taeao Team

Jessica pisi

Rm 29 Teacher - Yr 0-2

Roderick Crichton

Rm 31 - Yr 2-4

Toipua Schuster

Rm 32 - Team Leader - Yr 4-6

About Me

Faatalofa ma faafeiloai.
O au o Toipua Schuster o le faiaoga mo le tausaga muamua ma le lua i Rosebank. O le sefulu lenei o tausaga o ou faiaoga i Rosebank i le Unite Samoa. I le tausaga 2018 sa filifilia ai au e avea ma taitai o tu ma aganuu i totonu o le aoga. O le ola aoaoina, ola saoloto o le tamaititi e taua tele i lou tagata. I am Toipua Schuster and I have the privilege of teaching in the Tupulaga mo a Taeao Samoan bilingual unit. I am New Entrant, Y1/2 classroom teacher for Room 29 and have been teaching at Rosebank School for ten years now. In 2018 I was appointed a new role as Cultural Diversity Leader in Rosebank school. Being a long life learner is very important to me.

Key tasks of my role include:
-Lead culture night
-Lead all language weeks school wide
-Promote all of our school cultures in a positive way in the community
toipua.schuster@rosebank.school.nz

Support Staff

Ann Skeen

Finance Operations Manager

Christina Hammill

Office Manager

About Me

I grew up in Avondale and attended Rosebank School as a child, and when I became a parent I enrolled my son at Rosebank too. I have been the Office Manager here for 25 years and I love working in the community that I know so well. I am constantly interacting with parents, children, staff and visitors to the school while managing various administrative tasks on a daily basis and it is the busiest, yet most interesting and fulfilling job I’ve ever had. Our staff are awesome and dedicated to providing the best education to our children – we’re a family oriented team here, and I am privileged to be a part of it.
christina.hammill@rosebank.school.nz

Elisa Niovara

HIPPY Co-ordinator

Enid Martin

Property Manager

Gemma Humphreys

Reading Recovery

Mike Zarins

Caretaker

Olivia Balogh

Mutukaroa

Shahieda Khan

Library Assistant

Ann Skeen

Finance Operations Manager

Christina Hammill

Office Manager

About Me

I grew up in Avondale and attended Rosebank School as a child, and when I became a parent I enrolled my son at Rosebank too. I have been the Office Manager here for 25 years and I love working in the community that I know so well. I am constantly interacting with parents, children, staff and visitors to the school while managing various administrative tasks on a daily basis and it is the busiest, yet most interesting and fulfilling job I’ve ever had. Our staff are awesome and dedicated to providing the best education to our children – we’re a family oriented team here, and I am privileged to be a part of it.
christina.hammill@rosebank.school.nz

Elisa Niovara

HIPPY Co-ordinator

Enid Martin

Property Manager

Gemma Humphreys

Reading Recovery

Mike Zarins

Caretaker

Olivia Balogh

Mutukaroa

Shahieda Khan

Library Assistant

Teacher Aides

Aggie Hyland

Kaiawhina

Erika Mahe

Teacher Aide

Mesepa Matthes

Teacher Aide

About Me

Talofa Lava! O lou igoa o Mesepa. I can speak Samoan and English. I am a multi task support staff working alongside the classroom teachers to use specific strategies that will help the students to learn and manage their own behaviour. Assist students academic or physical needs. I believe that using the mother tongue is very important for a child’s overall development. It benefits them in many ways and connects them in their culture. O le Gagana e laei ai le aganuu. Language characterises the essence of culture. I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband and three young adulthood children. I enjoy baking, art, music and gardening.
mesepa.matthes@rosebank.school.nz

Radha Singh

Teacher Aide

Ruth Xavier

Teacher Aide

Sifa Tinielu

Teacher Aide

About Me

Fakaalofa Lahi Atu My name is Sifa Tinielu. My husband and I have 5 sons, 4 of which attended Rosebank School. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as Teacher's Aide at Rosebank School for the past 9 years. I have been a resident of Avondale for the past 11 years.
sifa.tinielu@rosebank.school.nz

Aggie Hyland

Kaiawhina

Erika Mahe

Teacher Aide

Mesepa Matthes

Teacher Aide

About Me

Talofa Lava! O lou igoa o Mesepa. I can speak Samoan and English. I am a multi task support staff working alongside the classroom teachers to use specific strategies that will help the students to learn and manage their own behaviour. Assist students academic or physical needs. I believe that using the mother tongue is very important for a child’s overall development. It benefits them in many ways and connects them in their culture. O le Gagana e laei ai le aganuu. Language characterises the essence of culture. I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband and three young adulthood children. I enjoy baking, art, music and gardening.
mesepa.matthes@rosebank.school.nz

Radha Singh

Teacher Aide

Ruth Xavier

Teacher Aide

Sifa Tinielu

Teacher Aide

About Me

Fakaalofa Lahi Atu My name is Sifa Tinielu. My husband and I have 5 sons, 4 of which attended Rosebank School. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as Teacher's Aide at Rosebank School for the past 9 years. I have been a resident of Avondale for the past 11 years.
sifa.tinielu@rosebank.school.nz