Our COL Team

Tēnā koutou katoa

E mihi ana ki a Maungatere e tū mai nei

Ko Rakahuri e rere atu rā

Tēnā kōrua

Ki te manawhenua arā a Ngāi Tūāhuriri

Kei te mihi, kei te mihi.


Ko Roger Hornblow ahau

He tumuaki au ki te kura o Manga Kāwari

Nō Amberley ahau

Nō reirā

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

I am Roger Hornblow, Lead Principal of our Community of Learning / Kahui Ako. It’s an exciting time to take on this challenge to consolidate our vision and achievement goals to make a difference to the achievement, engagement and especially happiness of the pupils in or Katote Schools. We have had our Achievement Challenges and focus areas confirmed only a matter of months ago and have now appointed 4 great Across School teachers. Its exciting times and we are working hard getting the plan together for 2019, working with Core Education and Leadership Lab. We are planning for a joint Teacher Only Day on May 31st. I have accepted the role for 1 year finishing Term 1, 2020. 

Nga mihi


Tēnā koutou katoa

Kei te mihi ki te maunga Aoraki

Kei te mihi ki te awa Ōtākaro

Kei te mihi hoki, ki te manawhenua arā o Ngai Tūāhuriri

Ko Andrea Dargan ahau

Nō Ōtautahi ahau

Nō reirā

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa


I am the DP at St Patrick’s School where I have been working for the past 11 years. I teach in a Year 5-6 class and am also the SENCO at my school. This year I am an Across School Teacher - Wellbeing for Te Kahui Ako Katote.


I was born and raised in Christchurch but have lived and worked in various countries around the world including Canada and the UK. I love to travel and try to get overseas on holiday at least once a year. I also enjoy reading, gardening and dining out. I have recently started volunteering at the SPCA every second Saturday.


One of my Wellbeing goals over the last 12 months was to give back to the community. I am always so impressed with the work volunteers do in our society and so combined with my love for animals, I decided to sign up at the SPCA.


I became interested in Wellbeing/Wellness issues when I first listened to Dr Lucy Hone in 2016. I also enjoy reading Carol Dweck’s books on Growth Mindset and the various Ted Talks on these topics which I can sometimes share with my students and their whanau. A new website I have recently discovered is Generation Next. It’s an Australian website that offers lots of great tips, advice and podcasts on a number of current Wellbeing issues.


E rere kau ana ngā tai o mihi

E tū whakaiti tēnei uri o te hiku

I raro i te korowai manaaki o Maungatere

Mā te wai o Ruataniwhā au e ora nei

E te manawhenua a Ngāi Tūāhuriri

E kore e mutu ngā mihi


He kaiako au nō te kura tuarua o Kaiapoi

Nō Pukepoto ahau

Ko Whaea Danna tōku ingoa


My name is Whaea Danna. I am Head of the Māori Department at Kaiapoi High School. I was on leave last year completing my Masters of Education specialising in Bilingual and Immersion Teaching. This year I am one of the Across School Teachers with the portfolio of “Engaging through an inclusive culture”. I have worked in the education sector for over 20 years in Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and Adult education. I look forward to collaborating within the Kāhui and extend a warm invite to colleagues, whānau, students and the hāpori to contact me for support, guidance or clarification.



E tipu ana te mānuka

Ko te hau tuku raro mai o runga o Te Iringa

E kai ki taku kiri he rongo mahara

I whāngaia ngā paiaka e ngā wai o te Ōpāwaho

E kōrero ana ngā pepeke i te pūrakau o tā mātou tīpuna.

Ka tū au i te pito o te whenua o Horomaka.


Ko Rachael Williams tōku ingoa.  

He kaiako ahau ki te kura o Tuahiwi.  


Kia ora koutou.  My name is Rachael and I have been working in the beautiful kura of Tuahiwi as a kaiako, since 2010. My role in Te Kāhui Ako Kātote is “Enhancing Practice and Responses”.  I bring to this role, 23 years experience in education, including; classroom teaching, ORRS teacher, Reading Recovery, Special Needs education and Senior Leadership. I am excited to be a part of Te Kāhui Ako Kātote and I look forward to meeting and working with you all.



Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Maukatere te māunga

Ko Waimakariri te awa

No Ōtautahi ahau


Ko Ashley Butler  tōku ingoa

He kaiako ahau ki te kura o Ruataniwhā


Nō reirā

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa


My name is Ashley Butler and I have been working at Kaiapoi North School for 3 years. This year I am one of the Across School Teachers with the portfolio of  “Inspiring the Curriculum”. To this role, I bring 8 years of experience in classroom teaching and leadership. I have led the ALL (Accelerating Literacy Learning) programme in my previous school and recently led maths throughout my current school. I am excited about this opportunity to meet and inspire the teachers of Te Kāhui Ako Kātote.


Ko Aoraki te maunga

Ko Ōtākaro te awa

Nō Ōtautahi ahau

Ko Ollie tōku hoa rangatira

Ko Ruth tōku ingoa


My name is Ruth Keir and I am the Assistant HOD of English at Kaiapoi High School.

This year I am one of the Across School Teachers with the portfolio of  

'Literacy and Numeracy'. 

To this role, I bring eight years of experience in classroom teaching and leadership. I have taught previously at Hilmorton High School and Burnside High School. I am excited about this opportunity to meet and work collaboratively with the teachers of Te Kāhui Ako Kātote.


COL Management Group

All COL Principals, RTLB Manager and 2 delegates from ECE are members of the Management Group. This group is responsible for the management of COL and to develop goals and strategies.


Lead Principal

The Lead Principal is responsible for the implementation of COL plan and is responsible to management group

The role of the Community of Learning leader is to:

  • provide leadership in building productive collaboration in the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako

  • facilitate the ongoing development and implementation of the Community of Learning achievement plan

  • support the professional growth of Community of Learning principals and teachers

  • provide leadership in the use of professional expertise across schools to meet the Community of Learning achievement challenges.

As well as modelling highly effective practice in their own school, the Community of Learning leader facilitates collaborative, professional activities across their Community of Learning. They take a lead role in planning, coordinating and facilitating the work of the Community of Learning as a whole, as well as the across schools and within school teacher roles.


COL Supporting Principals

The 2 Supporting Principals help the Lead Principal as ‘guide by the sides’ and to assist where possible.


Cross and within school leaders

These figures may change when Tuahiwis membership is confirmed 

We are eligible for 3across school teachers and 18 within school roles. 

Cross-school role. 

Leading vision and across school implementation and PLD


Within school role 

Leading within school implementation and PLD



Inquiry time

Each school has built in Inquiry time as part of their staffing -   this is an FTTE based calculation of 50 hours for every 10 FTTE, with a minimum of 50 hours per school (resourced as staffing).  Currently the draft combined inquiry time for the CoL equates to 1.01 FTTE

What is our COL / Kahui Ako Leadership structure?

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