Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Suzanne Robertson


Team Leader, Teacher in Marama 14



General Information

Kia Ora I’m Sue Robertson.

At 17 I was selected by the American Field Scholarship for a year’s experience. I spent my year in Indonesia and continue to speak the language fluently and live the memories. From 1994 until 2001 I lived in London and traveled extensively throughout Scandinavia, Russia, Europe and some Eastern Europe destinations. I worked for some of the largest Merchant Banks in the world and enjoyed every minute of my time there. On my return to New Zealand I continued my education, first gaining a degree in Social Sciences then onto a Post Graduate Primary Teaching Diploma. I began my career in Hamilton then moved to Tuakau where I taught in a country school of just over 300 pupils for four years. Returning to Hamilton I gained employment at Te Totara Primary.

I have been at Te Totara School since 2009 and have predominantly taught in the junior school. The children in our community are a delight and watching them all develop and grow throughout a year is inspiring. My husband is a qualified teacher and my daughter and step-son keep me very busy with their extra-curricular activities. As a family we enjoy going to the beach, swimming and outdoor activities. On a cold miserable day sitting in front of the heater with a good novel is the way to enjoy the day.

Part of my responsibilities within the school is as a Team Leader in the Marama Pod and being part of the Sports Committee. I am also passionate about, and have been involved since the beginning at Te Totara, with activities around the Environment and am looking forward to taking part in Arbor Day once again this year.