Michelle is Renwick School's Tumuaki / Principal

 Kia ora, 

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the Tumuaki of Renwick School.  I am very excited to be working alongside such a passionate and dedicated team of staff who have the best interest of all students at heart.
I look forward to supporting the staff of Renwick School to continue to grow as activators of learning, designing experiences that build on learner’s strengths and needs, create new knowledge using real-life authentic problem solving as well as helping students to identify their talents, purpose and passion.
I look forward to getting to know the community of Renwick and ways we can connect.

Nga mihi nui to pai katoa

Michelle Spencer

Michelle Spencer
Tumuaki / Principal 
Contact the Office
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 3:30pm


Leadership Team

Principal - Michelle Spencer
Acting Deputy Principal (Terms One and Two 2022) - Chelle MacGibbon
Assistant Principal - Rosemary Guile

We have an experienced, dedicated and talented staff who through modern, appropriate teaching strategies provide interesting and innovative learning experiences for our students. Our teaching staff is organised into five whānau groups, each managed by a team leader.

Tuatahi Whānau - New Entrants​

Room 1: Rose Guile (Team Leader)
Room 3: Jen Potts / Libby Le Compte

Whanake Whānau - Year 1/2

Room 4: Lisa McFarlane
Room 5: Anne Theobald / Libby Le Compte
Room 7: Kathryn Martin (Team Leader)

Māia Whānau - Year 3/4​

Room 11: Sophie Watson
Room 12: Deb Craig (Team Leader) 
Room 15: Deanna Schroder
Room 16: Meridith Crawford

Pakahukahu Whānau - Year 5/6

Room 17: Lisa Sandrey
Room 18: Svenja Niederkrome
Room 19: Chelsea Bradley
Room 20: Toni Langlois
Room 21: Rowena Ferguson (Team Leader)

Kaitiaki Whānau - Year 7/8​

Room 22: Deb Jones
Room 23: Nick Rowton
Room 24: Tore Waechter
Room 25: Cris Youngman (Team Leader)

Te Pā Wānanga

Whaea Virgil Houpapa
Whaea Kata Ranapia
Whaea Jeanette Lammas

Whaea Savannah Kemp
Whaea Arihiana Edmonds 

Whaea Syntyche Sutton


We are also well supported by a dedicated team of support staff.

Executive Officer - Lynnette Webster
Administration Assistant - Laura Grinter
Principal's PA - Heather Johnson
Library Administration & Sports Coordinator - Caroline Bowron
Teacher in Charge of Library - Anne Theobald

Arts Teacher - Janelle Rea
Edible Gardens Facilitator - Angela Hore

Pete Welsh
Rob Stirling

Reading Recovery
Jen Potts
Anne Theobald

Te Whare Manaaki Student Support Hub
Vicki Day (SENCO)
Melanie Styche (SENCO / ORS Coordinator)
Ainsley Bell (SENCO / ESOL Coordinator)
Cheryl Adcock (SLA)

Student Learning Assistants

Helen James
Pauline Fudge
Racheal Kenyon
Rowena Huddleston
Nicole Powell
Corriena Price
Torika Pickett
Angela Hore

Teacher Aides
Kristin Ruwhiu
Angela Gillespie
Sonya Simmons
Tannea Heywood
Savannah Kemp (Te Pā Wānanga)
Arihiana Edmonds (Te Pā Wānanga)

Syntyche Sutton (Te Pā Wānanga)


OUR MISSION: To provide excellence in education with sensitivity to the community's aspirations
OUR VISION: He mana tō te ako kei a koe te tikanga: Learning is strength - be the best you can be
OUR VALUES: Our values are the important qualities we try to live by and show in the ways we ourselves go about our work and in our relationships with others in our school and beyond. 

Our values are:
Positive Relationships / Whakawhanaungatanga
Respect / Manaakitanga
Resilience / Taikaha
Integrity / Pono

Our Vision Statement

Our values system is based around our vision statement:

'He mana tō te ako kei a koe te tikanga: Learning is strength - be the best you can be'

Each class establishes what this means for them and those around them at school, at home and in the community and this then forms the basis for their room's learning and behaviour expectations and indeed that of the school.

The Give It A Go Rock

Our vision statement is reinforced in many ways throughout the school in the form of class awards, values awards and our Supreme Award - The Give it a Go Kid Rock which is presented fortnightly to a "Give it a Go" student who lives the values behind our vision statement. The Give it a Go Kid Rock (pictured on a plinth in the photo above), which originated from the local Wairau river, depicts the unique Renwick environment and represents the many twists and turns in the pathways of learning and life.


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