Our Staff

Principal - Lisa Hill

Tena koe,

I love being the teaching principal at Ratapiko School.

I have a great team and the children are all amazing individuals.

We have a beautiful setting and a fantastic supportive community.

We are proud of our rural feel and work hard to have a bright inclusive family culture in our classrooms.

Our school utilises social coaching, as being happy and confident in our place makes us ready and able to learn and succeed.

Tui Room Teacher - Emily-Rose Longstaff

Kia Ora,

I have just joined the teaching team at Ratapiko School in Term 1, 2022.

I am a Taranaki girl and have come to Ratapiko after completing my teacher training.

I love dance and look forward to all the new opportunities to come. I love being creative and including arts, crafts, music and drama in learning and teaching. These curriculum areas are a passion of mine as it is important for ākonga to practice imagination and experiment as they invent new ways to create.

Office Administrator - Jan Callender


I have worked at Ratapiko School for a while now and love the community and the children.

I work Monday - Thursday and have many roles, from the office to teacher aid and sometimes even the gardener.

Principal Release - Georgie Pullins

Kia ora,

I am the Principal Release teacher at Ratapiko. I am working with Kiwi Room (Thursday and Friday) most weeks unless there's a change of plan.

I love teaching and moved into this wonderful community over a year ago now.

We are on a learning journey developing our student agency and use of the new Digital Curriculum.

Teacher Aide - Kylee Hamill

Tena Koe,

I am a teacher aide supporting learners in the Robin Room. I joined Ratapiko School at the beginning of 2022 and have been teacher aiding for about 18 months.

I love working with tamariki, creating and sharing in their learning. I have a passion for crafts, baking and love puppies and kittens!

Release Teacher - Barbara Gibbons


I am the release teacher for Robin Room on a Wednesday.

I am an experienced teacher working across a number of schools, I live locally in Kaimata and love my day here at Ratapiko School.