New Teaching Staff Appointed for 2014
At time of writing we welcome nine teaching staff appointed for 2014.
Mrs Christine McLaren is well-known to our students having been a regular relieving teacher with us this year. Mrs McLaren joins the English department. Previously to shifting to Christchurch, Mrs McLaren was an English and ESOL teacher, and the Literacy Leader at Queen Charlotte College (Picton), a Yr 7-13 school, so she is experienced across all the year-levels that we will be next year. While in Picton, Mrs McLaren was treasurer for Waikawa Marae Incorporated.
Mr Warwick Werder is our new Assistant Head of Department for Maths. Mr Werder’s teaching subjects are Maths and Physics and he is presently teaching at Western Heights HS, Rotorua. Originally from Matamata, Mr Werder is married with pre-school children and has previously lived in Christchurch when he worked for an electronics company and then did his teaching training here. Mr Werder is a keen sportsman with badminton his passion.
Mr Albert Peseta is joining the Social Sciences department and is a versatile man able to teach both History and Geography. This will be his first teaching position. Mr Peseta is Christchurch-born – Mr Edmundson taught him at Aranui HS! – and is already well-known to many of our students through being a member of the band “Restoration.” Mr Peseta is married with a 3 year old son.
Tēnā koutou katoa. Originally from Canada, I moved to Christchurch almost eight years ago to complete my teacher training at the University of Canterbury. I worked as an English Teacher at Lincoln High School and Cashmere High School before returning to the University of Canterbury to complete counselling training through the M.Ed. (Certificate in Counselling) program. I have since worked as a Counsellor at Cashmere High School and Petersgate Counselling Centre. I enjoy working with young people to help them achieve their goals and tackle challenges. I’m very pleased to be joining the Hornby High School whānau and look forward to the exciting work we’ll do together. Oonagh Beharrell, Guidance Counsellor
My name is Natasha Barnes and I was born and educated in Christchurch. After studying and working in Dunedin and Auckland for 7 years, I have returned to Christchurch this year to be closer to my family. In my spare time I enjoy quilting and sewing colourful and creative projects.
I am a primary trained teacher that has also been involved in learning support. I have taught in primary and middle school classes in both Auckland and Christchurch. I also have a Science degree, so I really enjoy seeing my students face’s light up when they are blown away by a new piece of amazing science knowledge. I am very passionate about helping young people to see and reach their true potential.
I am delighted to be a part of the Hornby High team, and I look forward to meeting the Yr 7 & Yr 8 students and their families as they become a part of the Hornby High whānau. Blessings, Natasha Barnes
Kia Ora, Talofa, Bonjour, I am a Christchurch girl born and bred. I grew up in Avonhead and I now reside in Hei Hei with my daughter (in Yr 8 at Villa Maria), our dog and 3 cats. I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and playing tennis.
Before I became a teacher, I had several jobs. I began straight out of school in the RNZAF as an avionics technician. After completing 4 years, I worked for TV3 in Auckland as a studio engineer. When I left TV3, I did a vet nursing course at Unitech which I loved. When I moved back to Christchurch I went back to my beloved aeroplanes and I was employed by Air New Zealand. I began as an avionics engineer then cross-trained as a mechanical engineer, being the first person to do so. I gained my CAA licence and a 737 rating and worked there for 10 yrs.
I love teaching, sharing my knowledge and inspiring students to follow their passions. I am extremely excited to be part of the Year 7&8 team. I love working with this age group and I have previously taught at Christchurch South Intermediate, Kirkwood Intermediate and this year, I am the sole Year 7&8 teacher at New Brighton Catholic School. I am passionate about maths, science, literacy and ICT. I enjoy sport, especially rugby, cricket and tennis. I also love being involved in productions and anything else that is happening! I am thrilled to be able to take an active part in my community and I’m looking forward to getting to know you all.
Originally from Dunedin, my wife Jillian and I moved to Christchurch with our two young children in 1990. Twenty three years later and our son still lives in Christchurch, but our daughter is now married and living in England with her own young family.
I have previously spent eighteen years working as a Chartered Accountant in a variety of positions in the health sector, before deciding five years ago to retrain as a teacher at the University of Canterbury College of Education. Since graduating as a primary teacher I have been teaching Year 7/8 students at Yaldhurst Model School in Christchurch.
As a former scout myself, I have spent 25 years in a range of different leadership roles in Scouts, both in Dunedin and Christchurch, before “retiring” a few years ago to dedicate more time to my study and to my teachingā. During my time in Scouts I spent a lot of time at camps and jamborees, although today I tend to limit this love of camping to travelling around the country in my small campervan with my wife, who is a Year 1/2 teacher at St Peter’s School at Beckenham.
I am very excited about being part of the new Year 7 and Year 8 team at Hornby High, and I’m really looking forward to working with these students to create a new home at the school. After so much destruction and disruption following the earthquakes in Christchurch, it will be very rewarding for us all to be part of building something new and positive for the future of our children.
I was born and raised in South Auckland and completed my Primary Teacher training at Auckland College of Education. My first teaching appointment saw me move down to the beautiful Kapiti Coast, teaching Year 7/8 students. 26 years on and I now live in the Marlborough Sounds with my husband, a web designer, and 15 year old son. I also have 20 year old twin boys, one of whom is in his second year at Victoria University, with a view to secondary teaching, and the other is a commercial fisherman. I also have an 18 month old grandson. I am a passionate cook and love catering for others. I am also involved in music and love reading.
For the past 6 ½ years I have taught Year 7-10 at Queen Charlotte College, a Year 7-13 College in Picton. My initial appointment at QCC was that of Year 7/8 Dean. Prior to this I was employed at Otaki College, Year 7-13, as teacher to Year 7/8 and Dean of Year 9. I have therefore been a part of the Year 7-13 model of education for the past 11 years. I am a strong advocate for this model and believe strongly, that the advantages it has for students are immense. My subject strengths include Mathematics, Financial Literacy, Social Studies, Integrated Studies and Food Technology. I am extremely excited and pleased to be able to be a part of Hornby High’s transition to a Year 7-13 school.
Kia ora tēnā koutou katoa. I was born in Runanga, Greymouth and moved to Christchurch at the age of three. I enjoy fishing, reading and keeping active. My whakapapa is very multicultural and I am fortunate to have a mix of cultures streaming through my blood being Filipino, Spanish, English and Scottish.
I graduated from Teachers’ College and started relieving at Catholic Cathedral College from years 7-13. During this time, I enjoyed the culture of teaching at this level and beyond. I have been teaching at Kirkwood Intermediate School for the last two years and I am thrilled to be a part of your community.
I am extremely passionate about sport having represented New Zealand in football and futsal. I am currently playing for both Canterbury teams. Coaching is one of my passions and I have been involved with numerous teams such as basketball, football and cricket. I am looking forward to building sport at Hornby High School and watching your children grow. I am proud to join the Hornby High School whānau, especially during this new change in education. Ngā mihi nui
Kia ora koutou. I was born in Christchurch and educated in schools throughout the city. In 2010 I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies at the University of Canterbury and then moved on to pursue my ultimate goal of becoming a primary school teacher.
I am a passionate musician and am proud to have represented New Zealand internationally as a member of the NZ Secondary Schools and National Youth Choirs. In these roles I have had the pleasure of touring widely throughout New Zealand and Asia, competing in international festivals and competitions.
I have recently stepped back from choral music and begun expanding into musical theatre and drama. I look forward to sharing my love of music with the school community. Since graduating, I have made teaching at the intermediate level my focus. I enjoy the sense of humour, interesting view points and risk taking attitudes unique to this age group. Having taught this past year in year 7/8 classes at Branston and Chisnallwood Intermediate Schools, I am excited for the opportunity to be part of the emerging junior school team at Hornby High for 2014.
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