Staff

Staff

Natalie Lagah

Acting Principal ; Year 6-8 Teacher

Room 3

About Me

Tena koutou katoa, I grew up on a range of dairy farms around the North Island. I am the second of six children and am a proud Aunt to 3 nieces and 3 nephews. I attended Napier Girls' High School where I boarded for five years before moving to Hamilton to study at Waikato University. I worked on dairy farms as a relief milker, reared calves, sprayed weeds, did fencing and contracting work and worked as a nanny. Following my graduation, I moved to Taumarunui. I taught children aged between Year 3 and Year 6 for five years, coached sports, organised trips, planned productions, sports days and field trips, and managed the school gardens. In 2018 I moved to the Wairarapa and began working at Pirinoa School. My aim is make learning fun and interesting, while allowing children to explore outside of Pirinoa and New Zealand. I love the idea of play-based learning across all levels of the school and enjoy teaching the children about places around our country and around the world.

E: natalie.lagah@pirinoa.school.nz ; principal@pirinoa.school.nz

Meg Excell

Year 3-6 Teacher

Room 2

About Me

Kia Ora, I grew up in a small Southland town called Te Anau until aged 8 when our family moved to Wellington. After college I attended university at Massey in Palmerston North, where I studied Nutrition. After completing my Bachelor of Science, I decided to go back to university and do my teacher training at Victoria University. I have most recently moved to Martinborough to start my first teaching job here at Pirinoa. I am very excited to become a part of the Pirinoa community, and am loving being in the South Wairarapa. I enjoy getting outside and exploring, skiing, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

E: meg.excell@pirinoa.school.nz

Sissy Pickering

Year 0-3 Teacher

Room 1

About Me

I grew up in Martinborough and attended Martinborough School and then boarded at Solway College. After college I went overseas for 5 years working as a Nanny in London, a chalet girl in Switzerland and numerous other O.E jobs. I trained at Wellington Teachers College. I had a son James (who is now 23) and when he was 4 years old we travelled to Thailand and England to work in an international school for a couple of years. I have had the opportunity to teach every year group and I love them all. I enjoy playing tennis, taking on projects, discovering new places and spending time with friends and whanau.

E: sissy.p@pirinoa.school.nz

Jess Donges

Office Administrator

About Me

I was born in Upper Hutt and went to school over there until I came over to the Wairarapa in Year 11 to board at Wairarapa College. My husband, Aaron, and I have three children, Lily, Jackson and Hadley who are all lucky enough to attend Pirinoa School. I started working at Pirinoa School in 2018 after being home with my children while they were preschoolers. I love all sports and being outside hanging out with all the kids and just having a good laugh 🙂

E: office@pirinoa.school.nz

Alison Sim

Relief Teacher

About Me

I grew up in Buller and lived in Granity during my childhood and then in Westport. I joined the fire service at 16 following the rest of my family. While in Westport I trained as a teacher through the Christchurch College of Education and gained a Batchelor of Teaching and Learning degree in 2000. That year I also moved to Ngawi with my boys who both attended Pirinoa School as well as my step-son. I have taught at most of the schools in the region over the past 20 years and am now doing teacher release and casual relieving. My husband Andrew is a cray fisherman at the coast and we also own the Captain's Table food caravan. I love being busy I quilt, fish, cook, hunt, golf and am also a firefighter.

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