Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Leadership Team

Debra White
Role

Principal

Email

principal@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am very proud to be Principal of Marian Catholic School. As I started in 2017, I was so impressed with the warmth of the staff, students and community. This is referred to as our ‘Marian Spirit’ we are like a big family. This is what makes our school so special. I am passionate about supporting our Special Character and helping our students understand what being a Catholic in the 21st century means for them. I am passionate about teaching and learning and ensuring we have the best possible learning conditions for each child to thrive.

I believe each child is a capable learner and able to take an active role in their learning. I love the analogy of “Learners being in the driver’s seat” as this recognises that there will be bumps in the road and the journey may not go smoothly, much like learning. I see my role as providing everything our teachers need to grow positive mindsets in their learners, and equip them with the skills and dispositions that enable them to approach any learning task with success.

I love working with our parent community. I believe that forming strong positive relationships with parents is key to our students learning success.

I am married and have two adult daughters, one son in law and two beautiful grandchildren.
When I am not at school I enjoy catching up with my family and friends, exercising my dog, or going for a cycle or swim. Regular exercise has always been a part of my routine and helps to keep me sane!

Toni Walters-Freke
Role

Deputy Principal LC1 Leader of Learning

Nicki Whyte
Role

Director of Religious Studies

Email

nwhyte@marian.school.nz

General Information

Nicki is the DRS for Marian Catholic School.

Yvonne Vosper
Role

Leader of Learning of SENCO

Email

yvosper@marian.school.nz

General Information

During my teaching career I have taught a range of levels, and I am drawn to the junior area, I believe this is where many children's educational journey’s begin. As a teacher at this level I work to inspire children to develop a positive attitude towards their learning.

I enjoy working with the families and community to develop a nurturing environment where the children are confident to explore their worlds and know they have the support.. A core part of our school is the special character , through this I work to teach the children how unique and loved they are. As St. Catherine of Siena says, “ Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire”.

Together with my family I enjoy the outdoors, whether it is cycling, walking, gardening, or helping out on the farm Time spent supporting my own children in their pursuits is another one of my favourite things.

Debbie Anderson
Role

LC3 Leader of Learning

Email

danderson@marian.school.nz

General Information

Applying to Teacher’s College as a 16 year old and being told to go and gain life experience first, lead me on a path of travel, marriage and motherhood, all of which I relished. I became very involved in my own children’s Catholic education which finally brought me full circle back to the University of Waikato. I juggled taking care of my family and being a Bachelor of Education student, and after graduating in 2011 gained my coveted position at Marian Catholic School as a junior teacher. Being overjoyed to be given this role would be an understatement.

Now, coming up seven years later, I still feel privileged and blessed to be involved in my students’ learning journey. I enjoy the special Character and diversity of our school environment and strive to continue my own pathway of being a lifelong learner, which I endeavour to model for my students.

I enjoy the challenge of delivering programs in all areas of learning in the hopes that all students will be inspired and receive learning experiences that challenge them and help them move forward in their learning pathways. In particular, I am interested in helping our children develop their growth mind set and celebrate alongside each of them as they achieve in whatever area they are working towards.

My family is very important, and spending as much time with them takes priority when I’m not at school. My wee beagle dog is equally as important and we enjoy going for walks and spending time at the beach. Travelling, seeing the world and experiencing other cultures brings me fun and huge enjoyment, and I am always planning my next trip… watch this space!

Archimedes and other great minds have been an inspirational avenue for learning in our class, this quote comes from a modern day great mind, a ‘mind set’ guru, whose work I have enjoyed following in recent times – ‘no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment’. Psychologist, Carol Dweck.

Maria Maarhuis
Role

LC4 Leader of Learning

Email

mmaarhuis@marian.school.nz

General Information

I have worked at Marian Catholic School for over 12 years. I was not new to Marian, as I used to be student here before the combining of St Mary’s and Marist. It is a very special place to me as 4 generations of my family have been through the school and I feel privileged to be able to teach here and have my own 2 children attend.

Currently, I am teaching Year 5 and 6 students but have had experience teaching from Year 4 through to Year 8. I believe that the relationship a teacher builds with a student is one of the most important things in teaching. When children feel safe and secure learning will happen more easily. Although, I enjoy teaching all areas within the primary setting, Mathematics and Art are favourite subjects of mine.

Outside of school, I love to keep fit by exercising, especially running and playing netball, catching up with my family and friends, watching my daughter’s weekend sport and enjoying an all round slower pace. My all time favourite place to be is at the serene and idyllic Whangapoua Beach, anytime of the year!

Nicole Higby
Role

LC5 Leader of Learning

Email

nhigby@marian.school.nz

Emma Scarle
Role

LC5 Leader of Learning

Email

escarle@marian.school.nz

Suzanne D'Cruz
Role

LC2 Leader of Learning