LC1 & 2 Release Teacher
I’ve been privileged to be part of the Marian School family since 2010, teaching New Entrants to Year 4.
I hold a B.Ed. (Early Years). I chose this specific qualification as I love working with junior children. Having worked in the Early Childhood sector, I understand how children learn through play before their fifth birthday. My role is to ensure that children continue to grow and learn as they navigate the early years of their primary school journey.
I believe that teaching is about relationships, so I value children as individuals who embody a range of cultures, talents, interests and learning styles. Developing and maintaining respectful, positive relationships is paramount. I strive to promote a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that celebrates diversity.
I love seeing happy smiling faces come through the door every morning!
I am married to Basil and have 3 adult sons whom I am extremely proud of. I enjoy cooking, gardening and reading. My favourite colour is yellow, which makes me happy and fills me with energy and optimism.
LC3 Release Teacher
I am privileged to be a Release Teacher at Marian Catholic School. I have many years of experience working in all the areas of the primary school sector. I relish being able to work with a wide range of students.
I have 3 adult sons. When I am not at school I enjoy gardening, baking, reading and walking.
Te Reo Māori & Kapa haka Teacher
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngaati Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Ngaati Hikairo, Ngaati Peehi, Ngaati Te Kanawa ngaa hapuu
Ko Maungaroa te maunga
Ko Marokopa te awa
Ko Mirumiru te marae
Ko Barlow raaua ko Willison ooku whaanau
I te taha taha o tooku maamaa, noo Airani ooku tuupuna
Ko Tuakau te whenua tupu
Ko Romana Rolleston tooku hoa rangatira
Tokotoru aku tamariki aataahua
Ko Donna Barlow-Rolleston tooku ingoa
Teenaa raa taatou!
I have been the Te Reo Maaori and kapa haka teacher at Marian School for the past seven years, working with all age groups throughout the year. I have worked in many mainstream schools and in a Kura Kaupapa Maaori for 10 years. I have studied Te Reo Maaori me oona tikanga through Te Waananga o Aotearoa and numerous kura reo (language retreats).
I love sharing the beauty of Te Ao Maaori (the Maaori world) through Te Reo Maaori (the Maaori language) and tikanga Maaori (guiding practises) and am thrilled when your tamariki pick up and embrace these concepts as part of being a Kiwi kid!
Normalising Te Reo Maaori in and around our school through integrated learning, and as a part of our day, through karakia and waiata are key goals. Kapa haka sessions are a highlight of the week with lots of loud singing, smiles, learning actions and picking up Maaori knowledge along the way!
I am passionate about working alongside our kaiako (teachers) to build cultural competency and confidence to help improve outcomes for all of our tamariki and enrich our worldview.
I am thrilled to be working alongside our tamariki and kaiako two days a week this year, and thus building whanaungatanga (sense of family connection) with you all, especially our Maaori whaanau, and what I can do to support and grow our way of being in Marian Catholic School. Come along to the whaanau hui and have your say in a safe and supportive environment!
Outside of mahi (work), I love to read, enjoy the arts, keep (relatively) fit, get back to nature, hang out with whaanau and friends, return to my marae and Marokopa as much as I can and run around being a wife and Mum to three awesome kids!
Maa te ngaakau aroha taatou e aarahi
Let a loving heart guide our decisions
I am leading the Year 4-6 Concert Choir which I love! I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature & Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a TEFL Certificate in teaching English as a foreign language.
I have a keen interest in the French language and culture after living in France for 12 months in 2014 with my husband and 3 children.
I began teaching in 1998 where I taught Year 7 & 8 at South New Brighton School in Christchurch. A wonderful start for me. When moving to Matakana in 2006, I began teaching Year 5 at Matakana Primary School. During this time I produced several School Productions and Performing Arts festivals, lead the Concert Choir as well as our annual “Matakana’s Got Talent” Gala day show. In 2012 I started teaching Music, Drama and Te Reo at the Mahurangi Montessori Unit and enjoyed this experience very much
Over the past 20 years I have taught full and part-time while raising 3 children and running a boutique wine import business with my husband. A nice complimentary addition to teaching!
I am a keen singer/ dancer and have always found a way to bring these two elements into the classroom whenever I can. I love gardening, theatre, watching movies and matching good food with beautiful wine.
I love the special character of Marian Catholic School. Our youngest son has had 3 very happy years here. I enjoy working with such a dedicated, hardworking team. I enjoy the moments we take to reflect and be thankful for what we have. Also to pray for family and friends in need.