Morrinsville Intermediate School - Kia U Ki Te Pai - Whatever You Do, Let It Be Your Best

24 Elizabeth Avenue, Morrinsville    Phone: 07 889 6629    Email: office@mi.school.nz

Support Staff

Michelle Cook
Role

Principal's Secretary / BOT Secretary

Email

m.cook@mi.school.nz

General Information

I have been employed at Morrinsville Intermediate School for the past 13 years as Principal’s Secretary and I enjoy working alongside the staff and students. The main roles of my job include carrying out administrative duties as required by the Principal, staff payroll, school finance and BOT secretary.

I am married and have three adult sons. In my spare time I enjoy spending time at the beach with family and friends.

Julie Tesselaar
Role

School Secretary

Email

office@mi.school.nz

General Information

I have been employed at Morrinsville Intermediate School for the past 17 years as School Secretary.
It is a pleasure to get to know the students through the year and greet parents, caregivers and visitors to our school. My role includes front of office for all visitors to the school, directing incoming phone calls, recording student attendance and attending to students who require assistance in the First Aid room.
I am married and have three adult sons. During the weekends we spend our time supporting our boys in their sport of motorbike cross country racing, enjoying the beach, fishing or at home on the farm.

Michelle Meale
Role

Learning Assistant and Canteen Manager

Email

m.meale@mi.school.nz

General Information

I have been employed at Morrinsville Intermediate School for the past nine years as Learning Assistant and Canteen Manager. I really enjoy both these roles which include helping support students’ learning needs and providing nutritional and balanced snacks and lunches for students and staff.

I have three adult sons, I love spending time at the beach, fishing, swimming and supporting my sons in their sports and interests.

Andrea Totton
Role

Librarian / Learning Assistant

Email

a.totton@mi.school.nz

Lisa Maclennan
Role

Literacy Centre Co-Ordinator

Email

l.maclennan@mi.school.nz

Krystal Hamilton
Role

Learning Assistant

Email

k.hamilton@mi.school.nz

General Information

My name is Krystal Hamilton, my husband Heath and I moved to Morrinsville from Auckland three years ago and we love it.
We have two school aged children and I enjoy getting out on the boat for a fish and taking my son to his gymnastics competitions.
This is my eighth year as a learning assistant, I look forward to a fun and rewarding year ahead.

Rachel Hughes
Role

Learning Assistant

Email

r.hughes@mi.school.nz

Carolyn Nicholson
Role

Learning Assistant

Email

c.nicholson@mi.school.nz

Kylie Turner
Role

Learning Assistant - Music

Email

k.turner@mi.school.nz

Ranapia Keepa-Tamehana
Role

Kapa Haka Tutor

General Information

Tēnā koutou, otirā, tēnā tātou. Ngā mihi nui o te wā.

Kia ora, my name is Ranapia Keepa Tamehana and I come from the centre of the universe "Whakatāne". I have been involved in Kapa Haka for 20 years, from standing as a Kaihaka or a performer to tutoring Kapa Haka at Regional, and National level. Last year (2020) myself and my partner Tya Robinson were fortunate enough to be asked to be the Kapa Haka Tutors at Morrinsville Intermediate School. And here we are! We welcome all students to Kapa Haka for 2022. We have big plans for the Morrinsville Intermediate School Kapa Haka in 2022.

Nāu mai, rārau mai tamariki mā

Karleen Sutton
Role

Youth Mentor

General Information

Kia Ora my name is Karleen Sutton and I have been given the privilege to undergo my practicum placement at Morrinsville Intermediate in Term 4, 2021. I am currently studying at Wintec, Health & wellbeing specialising in mental health & addiction. I have also obtained my Holistic Life Coach & Mind/Body Practitioner diploma earlier this year through an Australian company called MindBodyFood Institute. I have two children aged six and twelve years old and have lived in Morrinsville for the last 13 years, originally from Taupo.

I have had this deep passion for helping youth for quite some time and have decided now is the time to act upon it. So, you may be asking yourself what exactly is Karleen going to be offering at Morrinsville Intermediate? Great question, I will be available to all students that may find themselves coming up against challenges that they are unsure how to navigate through, this can be anything from stress management, bullying, goal setting, how to deal with negative emotions and turn them into a new/positive way of looking at life and just being someone they can talk to about ANYTHING.
I genuinely believe you need to walk in someone else’s shoes to really understand what they have been through or are currently experiencing, therefore I can hand on heart say I have faced more challenges than one person should, and I am proud to have come out the other side with “real life” knowledge.
My overall goal for my time at Morrinsville Intermediate is to be able to be a support person for students who may just need a little bit extra aroha and guidance with different challenges that could potentially pop up for them.
Access to Karleen’s services will begin on Tuesday 26th October. For students to access one-to-one sessions with either mentor, parental permission will be required. Forms are available through the office or outside the DP office.

Mark Curry
Role

Caretaker & Property Manager

Email

m.curry@mi.school.nz