My name is Anne Fraser and I feel very privileged to have been appointed the Principal of Te Totara Primary School in March 2019. My previous role at the school was Deputy Principal which I had been since the school first opened in 2008. I came to Te Totara six months before the school opened so was able to spend valuable time with Brian Sheedy (our Foundation Principal) planning and preparing for this wonderful school.
I began my teaching career at Hamilton Teachers College, completing my education degree at Waikato University. My teaching experience is at all levels and sizes of primary schooling, in a number of positions including senior teacher into middle leadership positions before becoming Principal of a couple of smaller rural schools, firstly in Waihi, then in Ngaruawahia. I returned to Hamilton in 2000 as Deputy Principal at St Columba's School in Frankton, Hamilton, a large school with a roll of over 400 students from Year 1-8. After seven years at the school I felt I was ready for a new challenge and when the job was advertised as Deputy principal for a new school, this was the exciting opportunity I was looking for.
After 11 years at Te Totara, our foundation Principal Brian Sheedy decided to move to a new area of challenge working with beginning Princiapl's in an advisory role. I decided to apply for the position as I had very much enjoyed the co-leadership model that Brian and I had fostered and I felt this was the next step for me and more importantly Te Totara, as I could continue our successful learning journey and positive school direction.
My role at Te Totara is evolving with the new position however at present, until the appointment and induction of a new Deputy Principal, I am still responsible for school-wide curriculum implementation and management, oversight of all professional learning programmes both for students and teachers and monitoring student progress through our assessment and evaluation systems. The 'Reach for the Stars' behaviour programme is one that I am very proud to have implemented with the support of the staff, we continue to develop this in relation to our learning programmes, our learning model (the Rocket) and all areas.
I also enjoy the Sports team leadership role at Te Totara, working with a talented team of staff who coordinate our 35 Sports teams, parent coaches and managers and we organise the smooth running of our major Sporting events each year. We have lots of fun with our wonderful students.
It is a very busy role but i love to move through our learning areas catching up with teachers, our fantastic students and their parents as often as I can.
I enjoy having a supportive family. I am married to Greg, who has his own business as an insurance broker and we like to get out in our boat as often as we can, to do a spot of fishing. We are fortunate to have a bach at Ruamahanga Bay on the Thames Coast which we get away to as much as we can. In my spare time I like to read, walk and enjoy a weekly yoga class.
We have three adult daughters; Nicola, who lives with her husband Sam in Auckland, they love to travel ao are always planning a new adventure. They both work for Air New Zealand.
Michelle is an anaesthetist nurse at Wollongong Hospital. She lives in Wollongong with her partner Jason and they have just purchased their first home there, so they and their two lovely dogs Maggie and Buddy are our 'Aussie connection'.
Our youngest daughter is Andrea, a lawyer who currently lives in the exciting city of London. She works in a law firm that specialises in entertainment law, often working with movie companies in the U.K, and America. She loves to travel in Europe and enjoys life in a different county.
I am very privileged to be Principal of this wonderful school working with such a talented and caring staff, inspiring students and a supportive community.
Acting Deputy Principal
Kia Ora, Hello,
My name is Jennie Brook-Watt and I am the Assistant Principal at Te Totara Primary School.
I am an experienced teacher with my 25th year of teaching coming up soon! I have taught in a wide variety of school settings in different countries and have had many additional roles and responsibilities such as Teacher in charge of Transition to school ( Te Totara 2008 – 2015).
My job includes being a member of the Senior Leadership Team involved with the day to day running of the school. I am the Leader of the Learning Support Team, with responsibility for Teacher Aides and liaison with outside school support agencies.
I am a member of the Community Committee and enjoy working alongside parents to help achieve the best for our students, families and community.
I am married to Colin and have two teenage daughters who both attended Te Totara School. We enjoy cycling, swimming and cooking together. In my spare time I am an avid reader and am trying my hand at creative journaling.
I feel it is a privilege to work alongside the amazing and supportive staff at our school and to be part of the exciting journey we are currently on, which is reflected in our school vision of Growing and Learning together.
Acting Assistant Principal
Hi my name is Michele Gordon, I have a variety of roles at Te Totara Primary School. I am the leader of the schools Mentoring Programme for Beginning Teachers. This means I help them with their planning, and assist them in their classrooms to ensure that their teaching is catering for the needs of their students. I also help Jennie Brooke-Watt with our Teacher Aide Programmes. As Leader of Priority Learners I check in with teachers and offer advise and help for those students who are struggling with their learning.
I am an experienced teacher who has a passion for Literacy. I have written and published many student readers. I am married and have a teenage daughter. We enjoy the outdoors and relaxing at Whangamata Beach.