Our Kindergartens

Seymour Teachers

Char Morrison - Head Teacher (B.Ed Early Years)

Kia ora koutou,

I believe that every child is gifted and has the potential to be achievers of the future. Each child has something to contribute to the learning programme whether it's building structural towers with blocks, the ability to form letters or physical artistic talents. These are the qualities that affirm them as individuals. It is up to ngā kaiako (teachers) to extend on these qualities, to inspire, to motivate our tamariki (children) to become life-long learners, problem solvers, developing inquiring minds.

Each child is a Taonga (treasure) that should be nurtured, cared for and cherished as one of our own.

 Sharon de Castro - Teacher (Diploma of Teaching ECE, B Ed)

I believe excellent teaching and learning requires teachers who have up to date knowledge  of theory & research. I am committed to providing a high quality education for children that is designed to meet their Individual learning requirements. This incorporates using a holistic approach to teaching and learning that fosters the bi-cultural and cultural nature of Te Whāriki and the Treaty of Waitangi.

In my teaching practice I: Gain parent aspirations for children's learning; Children’s voice on their learning; Use my specific knowledge of literacy  education daily in all aspects of the curriculum; and use Te Reo and tikanga daily within the kindergarten programme.  

 Rochelle Clamp - Teacher (BTchg(ECE))

I feel very privileged to be part of the wonderful Seymour Team working alongside like-minded teachers to bring about the best learning outcomes for our children and families. My teaching practice is guided by my commitment to building secure, responsive relationships which I believe lays the foundations for developing a sense of belonging and well-being. I enjoy working collaboratively with families to ensure continuity between the home and Kindergarten setting, providing learning experiences that supports the family’s aspirations and cultural practices.

I am passionate about literacy and language development and enjoy using the outdoors as a learning environment, encouraging children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder about the world and nature and engaging them in real life activities.

I am married with twin boys and as a family we enjoy sports, music, spending time in the outdoors fishing, swimming and exploring the Wither Hills and the surrounding areas.

Debbie Waring-Jones - Teacher (BTchLn(ECE))

I am really enjoying being a part of the Seymour kindergarten community, building reciprocal, responsive and purposeful relationships with all of the children and their families alongside the existing wonderful teaching team.

My passions and strengths are literacy, mathematics and physical activities along with healthy eating which are all strong focuses of Seymour kindergarten teaching practice.

I have two school age children of my own who both attended kindergarten here in Blenheim and in our spare time we like to take advantage of all of the fantastic outdoor activities that Marlborough has to offer.

Cherie Shoemark (Dip T. (ECE))

I assist the younger children to transition into kindergarten through developing reciprocal relationships with them and their whānau, creating a sense of belonging and security.

I have two sons and two step daughters, I come from a farming background and enjoy being outside in the garden.

Tracey Dalton – Administrator

My role at Seymour Kindergarten is administration, helping with the children and supporting the teachers.  I work on a Wednesday and Friday morning.

Kelleigh Simpson - Teacher Aide

I thoroughly enjoy my position as Teacher Aide here at Seymour Kindergarten. My main roles are preparing healthy kai at morning tea time for the children and supporting the teachers where needed.
I love spending time with the children and watching them learn and develop new skills.
I work Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during session times.