Principal & Staff

Principal's Welcome

Kia ora koutou, and welcome to our website. Our staff feel privileged to continue a long tradition of child-centred, happy schooling here, and we enjoy working with students and the wider community to help this school succeed even further.

Our aim is to put student needs first and follow solid, scientific research in child development and education. We want Lake Brunner School to be at the cutting edge of what is proven to be the best way of doing things for our young people.

The fish in the school logo reminds me of the Fish Philosophy, started in a Seattle fish-market and now popular around the world. Its four guiding principles, #1, Choose Your Attitude, #2, Be There, #3, Make Their Day and #4, Play, sum up my vision for everyone at Lake Brunner School.

We want to empower children to feel confident and curious about their learning, taking advantage of every opportunity, and to know how to deal with challenge in work and with people in everyday interactions. We want to have caring, others-focussed attitudes and we want to have fun as we go through schooling together. Because the more we enjoy learning, the more we will learn! And learning is so much more than just Reading, Writing and Maths - it's our business to help children shine in all areas of life, not just to prepare them for the future, but for now!

I welcome visits from parents and others in the community. We are here with the same purpose - the best for our tamariki. Looking forward to the journey together!

Nāku, nā,

Shirley Şerban,

Principal's Blog:

“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi - Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.”


Teaching staff ​ ​

  • Pip Martin: Moana (Year 0-3)

  • Abby Johnstone: Kōtuku (Year 4-5)

  • Nicola Ritchie: Te Kinga (Year 6-8)

  • Olivia Geerin: Teacher release

  • Shirley Şerban: Principal and teacher release

Support Staff

  • Annette Walker - Office Administrator

  • Pauline Shaffrey - Teacher Aide

  • Geniee Hunt - Teacher Aide

  • Russell Hansen - Caretaker

  • Gaye Munnerley - Cleaner

  • Anna Lyford - Learning Support Coordinator