Support Team

 

Tāhuna is our office space. Translated as riverbank, this area and the team based here support the learners and provide the infrastructure to keep the school running smoothly.

 

Trine Spence

Trine Spence

Office Administrator

Trine came to Ararira from West Melton School, where she spent 6 years as part of the office administration team with a focus on school finance, communications and being that ‘go to’ person.

Originally from Nottingham, Trine moved to New Zealand 21 years ago. Married to Paul, they have 2 boys who now both attend Lincoln High.

During the winter, Trine and Paul can be found supporting the boys with their winter activities (football and mountain biking) and in summer, will usually be found at Mitchells on the West Coast, relaxing with friends, boating and taking part in an ongoing Dept of Conservation initiative to make Te Kinga predator-free for our native birds.

Trine is really looking forward to meeting and welcoming our new families and students to Ararira Springs. Email Trine via trine.spence@ararira.school.nz

Justine Hogan

Justine Hogan

Office Assistant

Justine lives in Lincoln with her husband Tim and their twin boys who attend Ararira Springs Primary. She loves the warm, friendly atmosphere of the school and the local Lincoln community.

Justine’s began her working life in childcare. Her love of travel led her to the travel industry where she spent over a decade working as a long haul corporate travel consultant. Most recently, and prior to having her children, she enjoyed a long stint working as an office temp for various companies in Christchurch.

In her spare time, Justine loves going to the gym, cooking, spending time with her family, and travelling the world.

Justine is really looking forward to meeting and welcoming our new families and students to Ararira Springs. Email Justine via justine.hogan@ararira.school.nz

April Tougas

April Tougas

Part time Teacher

April has been relieving locally for the last two years while her youngest child was still at home. She is excited to be back in the classroom and is one of our key part time teachers..

April likes to create a space that is welcoming, positive and inclusive, where all students feel safe to contribute their thoughts and ideas. She wants her students to be active and engaged in the learning process. April likes teaching all subjects but she especially enjoys teaching maths and art.

April is originally from Southland and has previously taught for two years on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, four years in England and six years in Alaska. She currently lives in Springston with her husband, Paul, and their three children Isla (10 years), Abel (8 years) and Eben (6 years). She loves spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and reading. When she has spare time she enjoys sewing and is trying to learn to be a better gardener.  

You can contact April via april.tougas@ararira.school.nz

 

Debbie David

Debbie David

Learning Assistant

Debbie came to Ararira Springs as a teacher aide in term 1 of 2019. She studied and worked as a LA for the two years prior to that, at a school in Rolleston. Debbie lives in Rolleston with her husband and their two children who both attend Clearview primary.

Debbie grew up in Karamea and worked in Nelson at various food businesses before moving to London for two years of work followed by four months of travel before coming home to build a home & get married.

Debbie thoroughly enjoys being a TA and loves the one-on-one teaching with kids. A daily highlight for Debbie is knowing someone has learnt something small while being with her. Debbie enjoys doing online courses to learn more to help our tamariki. Debbie has a cake decorating business which she runs from home and keen to teach the basic baking/cooking to the younger generation. In her spare time, she loves to visit family, have coffee dates with friends, go for walks and plan holidays with her family.

You can contact Debbie via debbie.david@ararira.school.nz

 

Charlotte McMenamin

Charlotte McMenamin

Learning Assistant

Charlotte has three girls, Lucy, Phoebe and Ella at Ararira Springs Primary and joined the staff in July 2019 after two years at Lincoln Primary School. She loves being part of the Ararira school community and working one on one with our tamariki.

Charlotte grew up in Christchurch and graduated from Canterbury University and the Christchurch College of Education with a Bachelor of Education (Geography) and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.

Her first teaching position was in Auckland before she decided to use her teaching skills and love of travel to work in the UK. After teaching in the West Midlands, Charlotte was offered a position recruiting teachers from around the world to teach in the UK. Charlotte and her husband Andrew returned to New Zealand in 2008 with their daughter Lucy and she continued to recruit during the next six years.

She has lived in the Lincoln community for the past five years. She is a Cub leader for the Lincoln Scout Group and enjoys coaching and managing junior netball teams in the winter.  In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys tramping, camping and skiing. She loves gardening and cooking for friends and family.

You can contact Charlotte via charlotte.mcmenamin@ararira.school.nz

 

Linda Paterson

Linda Paterson

Learning Assistant

Linda has joined Ararira Springs from Fendalton Open-Air School where she has been a learning assistant for the past 5 years. Her first experience of working with children at Bamford School inspired a return to University where she completed a Linguistics degree in 2010.
 
Linda originally comes from Norfolk in the UK. She trained and worked as a physiotherapist before settling in NZ with her husband David. Their 3 children are now in their 20’s with one living in the UK and 2 in Wellington.
 
Away from school Linda enjoys keeping up to date with her children, family in England and friends. She likes to walk her dog, read and travel. A favourite recent hobby is quilting as she enjoys creating something which is colourful and useful too!
 
She is looking forward to working with and getting to know tamariki at Ararira Springs School. Should you need to contact Linda, do via linda.paterson@ararira.school.nz.

 

Hannah Crowe

Hannah Crowe

Learning Assistant

Hannah is just about to move into the Lincoln community and can’t wait to be a part of it all. Hannah has come from Allenvale School where she worked as a learning assistant for many years. Hannah loves working as part of a team and is enjoying getting to know all our tamariki.
 
Hannah is married to Brendon and they have 3 boys Cobi, Braxton and Nixon who keep her busy. They are a sports-mad family but the love of league is one of their favourite past times. 
 
Should you need to get in touch with Hannah you can via hannah.crowe@ararira.school.nz
Tegan Clark

Tegan Clark

Learning Assistant

Tegan lives in Ladbrooks with her husband and two children Lexi and Andre. She loves the rural lifestyle and having room to enjoy the outdoors. Tegan likes to throw on some music and exercise, it always puts a smile on her face. She recently gave up boxing after competing for 15 years. Her family are all sports enthusiasts.
 
As well as working at Ararira Springs Tegan works alongside her husband in his concreting business.
She enjoys being part of the Ararira team and getting to know all the tamariki.
 
Should you need to get in touch with Tegan you can via tegan.clark@ararira.school.nz
Steve Currie

Steve Currie

Caretaker

Our wonderful caretaker Steve was originally from Dunedin, Steve moved to Christchurch with his family from Dunedin aged 7 as his younger brother needed to attend the deaf school in Sumner. After Merrin Street Primary School he attended Burnside High where woodwork appealed. This led to an apprenticeship in carpentry and he has been building ever since. 
 
Steve has a daughter at High School. He is a rugby fan and also enjoys the outdoors, especially tramping. Most long weekends he will holiday with the family in their caravan.
 
Should you wish to contact Steve do so via caretaker@ararira.school.nz

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