Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Senior 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

Email

twalters-freke@marian.school.nz

Juan Gregan
Role

Deputy Principal & Senco

Nicki Whyte
Role

Director of Religious Studies

Email

nwhyte@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am an experienced teacher who has taught in a number of schools both in NZ and England. I have enjoyed teaching at all levels and am now working with younger children in the Junior school which is particularly rewarding.

I am passionate about teaching and learning and enjoy working alongside students and their families to ensure positive learning outcomes are achieved. I feel that developing a nurturing learning environment is crucial for children to feel safe and happy to take risks.

Being both a teacher and DRS (Director of Religious Studies) at Marian is such a privilege. As a Catholic School, our special Character is at the heart of all we do. We draw inspiration and strength from the gospel to be the hands, face and voice of Jesus.

My interests include reading, walking, music, travelling and spending time with family and friends.