Principal - Geraldine Sumner
Welcome to St. Francis School Web site, my name is Geraldine Sumner and I have been with St. Francis since late 2014. I am married to Richard and have two grown up children. I have taught in the UK and here in New Zealand. My experience extends from 4 year olds up to 13 year olds and I have taught in Auckland and Hastings here in New Zealand for the last ten years. My passions are Science, Robotics, Technology, Drama, Art and computer science. In a previous life I used to be a programmer and created CAD for assembly lines when I was first married 30 years ago.
I believe that children should start their journey of education, cemented with enjoyment and full of opportunities, to learn, grow and develop their creativity to meet the needs of our ever developing world. Children need to learn how to appreciate our delicate planet and take responsibility for future generations.
For your child to meet their full potential their development should be embedded with ethical and cultural values and a sense of community and justice for all. The children need to appreciate family values and community spirit. We live in a very multicultural society and an ethos of live and let live is paramount for a peaceful world.
I believe that imagination is the key to making learning fun. Teachers can teach, but learning comes from within. My goal is to spark the flame to ignite passion and excitement within our teachers to build memories that will lead everyone to pursue learning as an adventure through imagination to become lifelong learners.
I am committed to the ethos that ‘every child matters’, where everyone can expect to be treated with respect to experience learning in a highly motivated environment to have the skills to be able to take their own learning forward. Where we expect high standards to ensure every child’s needs are met to ensure access to the whole curriculum. We want to ensure each parent becomes involved in their own child’s journey and development by bring the community into the school and being part of its successes.
We nurture all our children and instil good life values, through excellent teaching of the academics, social and emotional wellbeing, creativity and physical education. We are able to mould our children into very successful young adults ready to take their place in the world, full of confidence and motivation to make a difference in our world.
God Bless ~ Have a great day.
Year 1 & 2 ~ Shelley Johnson ~ Deputy Principal
Our Yr 5 & 6 students are the lucky recipients of Shelley's wealth of experience and love of teaching. These two factors put together, ensure that the students are given the best possible opportunity to reach their full potential. Although the Room 3 children are her top priority Shelley is also our Deputy Principal, stepping up if Geraldine is away at any time and taking a special leading role in our Enviro-School programme
Year 6, 7 & 8 ~ Debbie Trenwith ~ Director of Religious Studies
As our Director of Religious Studies (DRS) Debbie has a major role to play in the development of all students at St Francis Catholic School, encouraging and sharing in the joy of their spiritual growth. Room 5 is her full-time home here at St Francis where the children are made to feel special and unique, - and encouraged to take that next step.
Year 3, 4 & 5 ~ Heidi Darrah ~ Sports Leader ~ Accelerated Learning in Literacy Leader
Joined our team this year. Heidi has a long standing relationship with our school. She did some of her teacher training and once qualified did two terms as a temporary reliever. Heidi is energetic and passionate about teaching. She is very approachable and has a very caring attitude towards her students and colleagues.
Support Teacher ~ Lisa Barnett
LISA believes in fostering a positive, child centered learning environment; enabling children to become self-directed, independent learners who are able to use their skills to follow their passions. Creating a culture of care is central to THEM teaching philosophy, helping children to further develop the skills that they need to care for themselves and others in life
Reading Recovery Teacher ~ TBD
Is also training as our Reading Recovery Teacher this year.
Donna Thorburn ~ Teacher Aide
Where would we be without Donna's wonderful skills as teacher aide! Donna has played an important role in the lives of many children at St Francis School for many years, supporting the classroom teachers by assisting with remedial and extension programmes. Her patience, understanding and ability to work at any level, makes Donna a huge asset to our children and teaching staff.
Karen Carruthers - Cleaner
Our classrooms and buildings are given a wonderful clean at the end of each day by Karen who prides herself on everything looking top-notch! While everyone else takes a break in the holiday, Karen goes into overdrive giving the classrooms & school extra special attention!
Shadi Panela ~ Caretaker
Our gardens and grounds are kept in tip-top condition by our wonderful caretaker, Richard has an amazing ability to keep things looking spick and span, - tidying and pruning before anyone even realised it was needed.
Secretary ~ Gaye Rowberry
Gaye joined our merry team this year, after our long standing Secretary took medical retirement. Gaye has a wealth of experience in the Administration field, including working with the Ministry of Education.