Our Kindergartens

Renwick Teachers

Sarah Greenslade – Head Teacher (Diploma of Teaching ECE)

I have been teaching in the early childhood sector for many years and am passionate about teaching and working with tamariki and their families/whānau. My practice is guided and influenced by my philosophy and the values that my family aspire to and treasure, they are the foundations that I instil into my practice and build from, values such as respect, honesty, and trust.

I believe it is fundamental to establish warm reciprocal relationships with the tamariki and families/whānau to create positive outcomes for children, only then can our children and families develop and feel a sense of belonging.

I value the importance of a well organised environment that reflects and values children’s learning, where children feel a sense of calm, and where they are encouraged to explore and discover.

Kate McVie – Teacher (Diploma of Teaching ECE)

I have been a Kindergarten teacher for many years now. I chose to teach this age group as it is such an important time in children’s learning and development.

I believe strong relationships with parents, whānau and the community play an important part at this time, so I welcome their feedback and involvement. My strengths and interests involve music, Te Reo Māori and literacy. I value respect and set firm but fair boundaries, it is important to have a routine but most importantly, it is essential that we have fun.

Jo Leahy - Teacher (Dip T. (ECE))

I am passionate about providing a quality learning environment for tamariki and their whānau. I take time to get to know each tamariki valuing meaningful dialogue and interactions. I endeavour to provide a range of learning experiences and teaching resources that stimulate curiosity and provocation for tamariki. I encourage tamariki to articulate their own working theories, to take safe risks in their learning and to learn through a variety of ways such as in trial and error, observing and within tuakana-teina relationships.

Central to my philosophy is relational trust- whānaungatanga with tamariki, whānau, teaching colleagues, the Marlborough Kindergarten Association and the wider community. I embrace working within a bi-cultural curriculum incorporating kaupapa Māori concepts such as manaakitanga, wairuatanga and Kaitiakitanga.

I aim to foster children's confidence and self esteem and capabilities to demonstrate empathy and understanding of others differences and diversities. I encourage and value early literacy and numeracy skills through children's interests and play. I uphold the aspirational statement within Te Whāriki for all tamariki, “to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.

Jane Milne - Teacher (B.Ed Early Years) 

I believe that relationships are the heart of teaching and learning. I strive to establish and maintain strong reciprocal relationships with children and their whānau, recognising individual strengths and interests and supporting children to gain a strong sense of self worth and belonging.

Alice Lammas - Teacher (DipTch(ECE), BTchLn (ECE))

Kia ora! My name is Alice, and I’m passionate about quality early childhood education. I aim to support and empower your tamariki to acknowledge and grow their own strengths, knowledge, curiosity and interests - through developing genuine relationships with whanau based on respect, care and of course, FUN!

My teaching practice is guided by a love of learning, as well as the principles and strands of our early childhood curriculum - Te Whariki, and a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi | Treaty of Waitangi. I look forward to seeing you at the amazing Renwick Kindergarten!

Raewyn Geddis - Administrator

I thoroughly enjoy my role as Administrator/Teacher Aide at Renwick Kindergarten and value being part of an effective and supportive team assisting the Teachers and Tamariki where needed.

In my spare time I enjoy Aqua Jogging, Fishing, Squash, good food and good friends.