Symon Beattie,


Symon Beattie

2016 was the beginning of my journey at Hira School.

As an educator, I am a passionate about empowering students with the knowledge and skills to become adaptable and resilient lifelong learners. I value the differentiated learning promoted in the Hira School Curriculum and the strong culture of collaboration that exists in the school.

My wife, Mel, and I live in Stoke and have two preschool aged daughters, Isla and Madelyn. We love to spend our weekends at the beach or out on the water.

Please feel free to pop into my office anytime for a chat.
Pam Stack,

Deputy Principal

Pam Stack - Teacher - Rimu Room 3

I teach the children in the middle school and been the Deputy Principal at Hira School since my arrival in 2002.

I love working in small rural schools. The sense of belonging and community presence that exists at Hira makes it a pleasure to be part of.

My roots are in the small seaside village of Hector on the West Coast. I gravitate back there whenever possible for relaxation and recharging.

Meanwhile in my home in Nelson, I enjoy anything musical, reading, keeping fit and spending time with whanau and friends.
Jane Pearson,

Jane Pearson - Teacher - Totara Room 4

I joined the team at Hira School in 1995 as the principal release teacher. I teach in the Senior Room 4, sharing the role with Anna Chitty, but over the years I have taught at every level.

Our school is a wonderful place to be, and every day I feel privileged to play a part in the lives of the children who come to Hira.

I treasure being a teacher and the way it connects me to the future. I love words, numbers, ideas, thinking, and being curious about the world we live in. Children bring new energy and fresh perspectives, and my job is to develop their skills to help them explore the world and express themselves.

My husband, Martin, and I have two children who are now ‘fully-fledged’. Our family has a strong interest in science, especially the natural world.
Sally Jamieson,

Sally Jamieson - Teacher - Kowhai Room 1

My name is Sally and I am the New Entrant Teacher in Kowhai Room 1.

In 2017 for Terms 2 and 3, I will be away on leave. Kirsten McGhie and Clare Haig will be teaching our Room 1 children during this time.

I have loved working at Hira School since 2000, wearing lots of different hats including reading recovery, release teacher and ORRS teacher.

I also enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, reading, travelling and working on our piece of paradise on Takaka Hill.
Leanne Rogers,

Leanne Rogers - Teacher - Rata Room 2

I’m Leanne and 2017 is my first year teaching at Hira School. I am teaching a Year 1 and 2 class this year in Rata Room 2.

My husband I returned to Nelson after six years teaching in Auckland, and I am thrilled to be back in Nelson and teaching at Hira School.

I absolutely love teaching! My favourite subjects are reading, writing and science. I have a science background and particularly enthusiastic about the natural sciences and conservation.

In my spare time I love to get outdoors. I enjoy mountain biking, swimming, walking and camping. I also love to read a book, relax and spend time with my family and friends.
Anna Chitty,

Anna Chitty - Teacher - Totara Room 4

Kia ora, my name is Anna Chitty and I am very excited to have started at Hira School in 2017. I share the role of teaching Senior Room 4 students with Jane.

Originally from Germany, I have been living in New Zealand for 10 years.

I am very passionate about learning – in particular learning languages, mathematics, visual art and drama.

My husband and I have three children. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my friends and family. I also enjoy kayaking, travelling and watching my husband play cricket.
Kirsten McGhie,

Kirsten McGhie - Relief Teacher

Kia Ora, I’m Kirsten McGhie and I love Hira School’s holistic approach to education and that every child is celebrated for their own unique strengths.

I have taught Hira School children in all rooms to cover relief situations, play a key role in the school’s reading support programme and coach children who participate in the Australian Mathematics Competitions.

My husband and I have three girls, all whom attend Hira School. We love being a part of this supportive community and spend a lot of time enjoying the amazing outdoors lifestyle Nelson offers, especially mountain biking and tramping. As well as keeping active, I enjoy spending time with friends, cooking and exploring new places. I don’t mind the odd wet weekend either if it means the chance to curl up with a good book.
Clare Haig,

Clare Haig - Relief Teacher

I’m Clare Haig.  I have been teaching part-time at Hira School for over 17 years as a relief teacher across all our classes.

My interests include arts of various descriptions, reading and gardening, especially roses, but also growing veggies organically. I love birds and tramping and getting out into the wonderful wild hinterland of Nelson.

I love introducing children to the things I am passionate about and enjoy their lively responses and discussions.
Sam Woodward,

Sam Woodward - Teacher Aide Rimu Room 3 and Transitions Support Manager

I’m Sam and I have worked at Hira School in various roles for the last 14+ years.

My current role is primarily as a Teacher Aide in Rimu Room 3 but also includes Transitions Support Manager, Librarian and assisting with day-to-day ICT requirements around the school.

As Transitions Support Manager, I oversee Hira School’s successful transition-to-school programme founded in 2004, working closely with local pre-schools and their respective families.
Liz Macklan,

Liz Macklan - Receptionist / Admin / Principal's PA

I manage the Office Administration/Reception area each day, having joined the team at Hira School in May 2016.

I have two children enrolled at Hira School.
Sabine Strauch,

Sabine Strauch - Teacher Aide - Totara Room 4

I have been a long-term member of the Hira School team as a part-time Teacher Aide, in Totara Room 4.

David Brydon,

David Brydon - Teacher Aide and Sports Coordinator - Kowhai Room 1

Kia ora!  I joined the Hira School Staffing Team in February 2017, to provide teacher aide support in the new entrants class, Kowhai : Room 1, and to take on a new role of Sports Coordinator for the school. I am also involved with our on-site after-school programme.

I currently have one child at Hira School and another one to follow within the next few years.