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Mr Jarad Chittenden

Deputy Principal
Mr Myles Webb

 Kia Ora, I am Jarad Chittenden and I started my role as the Principal at Auroa School in 2016.

I have a young family with two girls, one of which is about to start school shortly.  They both keep Paula and myself busy throughout the day, and night.  I enjoy playing a variety of musical instruments, such as the guitar, drums, and piano.  I also try to keep active through playing football and netball, as well as taking the odd run every other week.

I believe as educators it is our role to engage students in their learning and provide them with experiences that motivate them to learn.  Through making connections to what students learn at school and what is happening around them we can hook them into learning, and make learning relevant to their lives.  


Room 3 Year 5/6
 Hello I am Myles Webb and I am Deputy Principle at Auroa Primary School.  I have worked her for the past two years.

I have worked previously in Auckland teaching from Y3 to Y8, and Hamilton at Intermediate age level.  I have had school wide responsibilities as sports co-ordinator and at zone level.  I have been involved in senior management as a team leader and acting Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal.  

I have a real passion for integrating ICT and computers across the curriculum and networking with other classrooms and schools nationally and internationally.  I am excited about what Auroa School has to offer to its students and community.

I am extremely enthusiastic and dedicated to my profession and very much looking forward to the year ahead.  Please feel free to contact me or come and see me in Room One at any time.

I have two young children and myself and my partner are excited about the life style opportunities that the area has to offer.
 Assistant Principal
Mr Kolynn Tai
Team Leader
Mrs Shelley Berry 
Room 1 Year 7/8

Kia Orana tatou katoa, my name is Kolynn Tai and this will be my 13th year at Auroa School.  I have carried on my role as the Assistant Principal here at Auroa School. This year I will again be teaching the year 7/8 students in Room 1.

I am originally from Hawkes Bay and the 'Bay' will always be home for me, but enjoy Taranaki and the quiet life of Hawera.

My curriculum passions are Math’s and Writing and I currently lead the school in developing the writing curriculum. I enjoy learning new ways to use technology in the classroom.  I also enjoy coaching sports teams and seeing students develop their skills and confidence levels on the sports field. 

My hobbies outside of school are spending time with family and friends and also playing all types of sports. I have 2 girls Peyton 6 who will be in Room 6 this year and Portia who is 5 and will start Auroa School in March. My wife Natalie is also a teacher at Hawera Intermediate School.


Room 7 Year 1/2
 Hi my name is Shelley Berry and I’ve been teaching for 10 years. I grew up in Marton, and have spent the last 11 years in Wellington. I completed my Psychology Major and Diploma of Primary Teaching there. My first four years were spent teaching at Karori Normal School, and the last four years were at Owhiro Bay School, where I was acting Deputy Principal. During my 10 years I have taught levels NE through to year 6.

I am passionate about teaching and learning. My goal is to have children enjoy school and be switched onto learning through motivating them, and encouraging them to follow their interests. I understand that learning can be challenging for some students, and I always endeavour to teach in a way that suits their learning style. I have spent three years as a Reading Recovery teacher. It is this experience that gave me a real love for junior reading. Making progress with the children is what spurs me to be a teacher!

Sport has been a big part of my life since childhood. I started Smallbore Rifle Shooting when I was 12 and have been in the New Zealand Junior and Ladies Teams. I represented New Zealand at the Oceania Games in 2001. I have also played hockey on and off over the years, and I am a terrible surfer; but I am working on this! Art and dance are also keen interests of mine.

I am married, and have a 3 year old son. My family and I have moved to South Taranaki for a lifestyle change. I love teaching at Auroa School. 

 Mr Brent Spice       Ms Kelly Bunker


Room 2 Year 6/7
 Hello my name is Brent Spice and I am the teacher of Room 2.  I am originally from New Plymouth and have been teaching at Auroa for the past 3 years.

My interests include technology, engineering, music, electronics, sports and fitness. I am always excited about teaching and sharing some of my experiences and interests with the students at school.

If you would like to know anything further about school, or room 2, please do not hesitate to come and have a chat as my door is always open. I hope we can have a successful and productive year at Auroa school.

Room 4 Year 4/5

Hi, I’m Kelly Bunker and I this is my third year teaching at Auroa School.  This year I am teaching Year 3 and 4 in Room 5.  I absolutely love teaching here and know that our students are getting amazing opportunities.

I grew up in Hawera and then moved to Palmerston North to get my Diploma in Teaching and Bachelor of Education.  Most of my teaching has been in the Manawatu area.

I am passionate about the teaching of Mathematics and am currently part of a Research and Practise team with other teachers to look into effective ways of teaching maths in engaging ways.

I have two children.  Sophie is 6 and is a Year 2 at Auroa School and Jack will be turning 5 in June.  I am looking forward to having both of my children at school with me.

 Miss Lexie McLachlan       Miss Alicia Schreiber   

Room 6 Year 2/3

Hi, I'm Miss McLachlan and I am super excited to be teaching in Room 6 this year. I grew up in Lower Hutt where I lived with my mum, dad and big brother. In 2014 I moved to Christchurch to begin my teaching degree.

I have just finished my studies at the University of Canterbury and I am thrilled to start my first year teaching at Auroa School. I love teaching all of the curriculum areas but I am most passionate about The Arts (especially dance and drama) and Literacy.

In my spare time, you might find me playing netball, rock and roll dancing, hanging out with friends and family or at the beach. I am delighted to be moving back to the North Island, although I am a bit sad that I have to leave Monty (my fluffy little dog) at home with my parents in Christchurch.

I look forward to getting to know everyone in the Auroa School community!


Room 8 Year 0/1

Kia Ora! My name is Alicia Schreiber. This is my second year teaching here at Auroa School. I am very excited about being the New Entrant teacher in Room 8 this year. I absolutely love working at this school and working alongside our driven school community.

I am originally from New Plymouth but for the past eleven years I have lived in Paraparaumu. I enjoy music, fitness, sewing and exploring a range of outdoor activities.

I am very passionate about providing real-life learning experiences for children. A child’s learning will develop considerably if the teaching and learning is relevant to them. My curriculum passions are reading, arts and being able to integrate ICT into the classroom.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time, our classroom door is always open! I look forward to the many rewarding and exciting opportunities that lie ahead this year!

 Mrs Shakira Derbyshire       Mrs Laurie Kinaston


Room 5 Year 3/4

Hi my name is Shakira Nicholas.  I grew up in a small rural town in the Waikato, and studied a Bachelor of Music at Waikato University, where I majored in Music Performance and Composition. Following my music studies, I moved to Wellington where I gained a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. My first year of teaching was spent at Turuturu School in Hawera.

In my spare time I love to be outside. I enjoy living at the beach, kayaking, fishing, walking, and making the most of all the outdoor activities Taranaki has to offer.
Music is a real passion of mine! I play the trumpet (and a bit of guitar, ukulele, drums and other brass instruments), and have played in lots of orchestras and bands around New Zealand! 

Hi my name is Laurie Kinaston and I love working at Auroa School. I have a variety of roles at Auroa School. I run the school library, am support teacher for our ORRS funded children at school, I am SENCO for the school and I am running our DPE food technology programme. I have taught at a variety of levels from Year 2 – Year 8. I have taught in Auckland where I did my training, Rotorua, London, Wanganui and more recently at Auroa School. My husband Roger and I are dairy farming. We have three boys Will, Finn and Jonte. I enjoy reading and books, listening to music, crafts, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

Mrs Paula Chittenden

      Mrs Kelly Auld   

Release Teacher

Office Manager

Hi my name is Kelly Auld and I am thrilled to be working at Auroa School. I am the face you will see when you come into the office.

I moved to Taranaki last year and absolutely love the region. Having the mountain and the sea at such close range is great as I love the outdoors. I am a keen sportsman so am really looking forward to getting involved again this year with netball on Wednesdays and also the Crowley Cup and Taranaki Trophy. I also enjoy spending lots of time with friends and family.

I look forward to meeting all the new students and parents this year. So far it is shaping up to be another successful year!

 Mrs Linda Wisnewski

   Mrs Sharon Walton  

Reading Recovery
 Hi!  My name is Linda Wisnewski and I have been teaching at Auroa School for   fourteen years in the Junior classes.

I am currently training to be the Reading Recovery Teacher. Prior to this I   was teaching at primary schools in the Stratford area, mainly Stratford   Primary. My curriculum passions are Literacy-reading and writing, and Art. I   enjoy working with children and helping people. I live in Stratford. I am   married to Don and have three grown children. My eldest daughter Regan is a   doctor of philosophy in psychology/clinical psychologist. My son Bevan and   youngest daughter Janelle are both high school teachers. I have represented   Taranaki in hockey, netball and athletics, and Manawatu in hockey. I also   played Indoor Basketball for Stratford. While attending Stratford High School   I broke nine track records in athletics and held them for several years. I   also competed in numerous Taranaki athletic events. My other interests   include gardening, reading, travelling, cooking and knitting.


Teacher Aide



Ms Bronwyn Richmond-Elliott

Teacher Aide
 Hi my name is Bronwyn Richmond-Elliott I have started this term as teacher aide in room 8.
I'm married to Greg Elliott we have been share milking for the last 21 years, we have 2 children Thomas and Renee. 
I have been working at Manaia Community Preschool for the last 5 years as the Resource coordinator and reliving when needed. 
I have been on the Auroa school PTA for the past 6 years, 3 as vice president and 2 as co president.
Outside of work I love spent time with my family and being involved in all the sports and activities they do and catching up with friends.
Ms Maree Sturgeon 

Teacher Aide