Spring Creek Staff
Tumuaki-Principal, Teacher NE-Y1, Piritahi Kāhui Ako Co-Lead
Kia ora koutou, I’m Debbie Stanger, Tumuaki-Principal at Spring Creek School since 2018 and newly appointed Piritahi Kahui Ako Co-Lead from January 2022.
I work to ensure we have a positive and inclusive culture here at Spring Creek School, always keeping children at the heart of all we do. We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of diverse learners, who each bring something special to our Kura. I value and promote positive relationships with students, whānau, staff, and the wider community.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy relaxing at home with my family and catching up with friends.
Deputy Principal, Teacher Y4-6, SENCO, PB4L Lead & Piritahi Community of Learning Within School Lead (WSL)
Kia ora koutou. I’m Cheryl (Mrs A) and I am the kaiako in Nga Whetū (tuakana class) at Spring Creek School. I also hold the positions of Deputy Principal, SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), Within School Lead and PB4L Team Leader. I believe relationships are so important to build the foundations of a positive and inclusive learning environment where all tamariki feel safe to challenge themselves and grow. I value what our amazing students and staff bring to our kura, together creating an exciting environment that engages and supports the needs of our diverse learners.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and my animals, taking walks on the beach with the dogs and listening to music.
Kia ora koutou, I am Andrea and I teach Years 1 – 3 in the wonderful Ti Tipu classroom space. I live in Picton with my husband and two girls and we love spending our weekends on the water or beach, swimming, boating, fishing and relaxing. We moved to Marlborough ten years ago from the Bay of Plenty and haven’t looked back.
As a kaiako, I value building strong connections with the children and their families and I love the caring whanau culture at Spring Creek School. I feel privileged to be teaching in Te Tipu class because the tamariki are at a wonderful age where they are developing important cognitive and social skills for life.
My passions are teaching and learning about sustainability, science and our natural environment and I am looking forward to integrating these into our classroom programme using the children’s ideas and interests to spark their learning.
Ko Maungakōtukutuku te maunga.
Ko Waikanae te awa.
Ko Kāpiti te motu.
Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi.
Ko Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae te wharenui.
Ko Sarah Ravenwood toku ingoa.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa.
Kia ora koutou, I am Sarah and I am the New Entrants Kiako in Awhi. I absolutely love getting to know your tamariki and learning with them. I am originally from the Kāpiti Coast and moved to sunny Marlborough in 2019. Since then I have been teaching locally as well as raising my 19 month old son, Pat. I am super passionate about establishing meaningful relationships with our tamariki as they build the foundation for positive life-long learning. When I am not at school I enjoy making the most of our local environment, especially Rangitoto ki te Tonga (D’Urville Island) which is a special place for my whānau.
Release teacher (W&Th)
Kia ora koutou, I am Inga Marfell and I have the pleasure of teaching across the school on a Wednesday and in Nga Whetu on a Thursday. I live in Blenheim with my husband and young son, William. I have a strong passion for teaching and value the importance of positive relationships, along with supporting all students to reach their full potential. I am looking forward to meeting more of Spring Creek School’s wider community as the year goes on. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and spending quality time with family and friends.
ORS Specialist teacher (T&Th)
Tēnā koutou katoa, Our family moved to Marlborough in 2015. I am proud to be the specialist ORS teacher at Spring Creek School. I have had a passion for teaching since my teens. Since qualifying as a teacher in South Africa in 1995, I have taught in primary, secondary, and special needs contexts, bridging multiple cultures and languages. My ultimate goal is to guide and nurture all children along their lifelong learning path through positive relationships with both students and their whānau. My favourite part of being an ORS teacher is working collaboratively with whānau and school teams to tailor-make learning programmes for the students in my care that are individual, meaningful and relevant with achievable expectations. The student’s ever-changing needs supply me with plenty of challenge in my position and I learn so much from them on a daily basis. To relax, I love spending time with my wife, son and daughter (that are still at home). I also have 2 adult daughters and a busy grandson. My hobbies are mostly around IT, music and aviation. If I get an hour to myself, I love to fly on my flight simulator.
Office Administrator/Learning Assistant /Edible Gardens Coordinator
Cara is the office administrator at Spring Creek School. She works in the office every day. In addition, Cara also supports in class as a Learning Assistant and is the Edible Gardens Coordinator for our school. Cara is also very handy and completes the countless odd jobs that need doing around the school!
Rana joins us again in 2022 to work with specific programmes to support learners at Spring Creek School.
Heather joined Spring Creek School in 2021. She provides support for children who have additional learning needs.
Spring Creek School Board
The School Board provides direction for the school in its governance role. The School Board publishes a short blurb in the school newsletter from time to time to keep the school community informed of the School Board mahi, work.
The School Board meets monthly at school in the conference room, usually on a Wednesday starting at 6.00 pm. Parents & whānau are always welcome to attend. Dates for the meetings are mentioned in the school’s newsletter and are also available on the google SCS Events Calendar. Copies of the School Board Meeting Minutes available in the office foyer.
Our School Board members are:
Helen Lyons – Presiding Member (PM)
Debbie Stanger – Principal
Ank Mulder – Parent representative
Bec Boniface – Parent representative
John Clark – Parent representative
Cheryl Alderlieste – Staff representative
The BOT Secretary is: Cara Joseph – email@example.com
Spring Creek School
52 Ferry Road
p. 03 570 5514
c. 027 4860560