Our People

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Senior Leadership Team

I am proud to lead the innovative, dynamic and supportive learning community which is Ellesmere College, and to serve the wider community of Leeston, Southbridge, Doyleston and Dunsandel. I am a fervent supporter of relationship and values-based education, and passionate about students being empowered to succeed.

Ronan Bass

Principal/Tumuaki

I am honored to be part of the Ellesmere learning community. My role at the College includes pastoral care for staff and students. I work closely with students and their families and whānau to support them both personally and academically.

Bert Knops

Deputy Principal/Tumuaki Tuarua

Ronan Bass BSc(Ed.) (Hons) PGDip EdLM

Principal/Tumuaki

Ronan Bass BSc(Ed.) (Hons) PGDip EdLM

Principal/Tumuaki

Prior to taking up the position of Principal at Ellesmere College/Te Kāreti o Waihora in May 2018, Ronan’s most recent position was as the Deputy Principal of Hillcrest High School in Hamilton, a school of over 1900 students. Preceding this, Ronan was the Deputy Principal and Director of Professional Inquiry at Green Bay High School in Auckland. While in this role he was instrumental in driving whole-school pedagogical change and implementing a system of academic counselling and data analysis while working in conjunction with the University of Auckland’s Starpath Project. The Starpath Project was based on initiatives developed at Massey High School in West Auckland, where Ronan worked for a decade and a half as a teacher, Head of Student Leadership, Dean and Professional Development Facilitator with the University of Waikato’s internationally-recognised Te Kotahitanga programme. In 2010, Ronan was awarded a 32-week TeachNZ Study Award and carried out postgraduate research in the area of middle leadership development to improve Māori student achievement, a topic which Ronan is highly passionate about. His experience of having worked at low to high decile schools in Ireland, United Kingdom, Switzerland and New Zealand has allowed Ronan the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging repertoire of skills in order to be able to interact with diverse and varied groups of students. Over the years he has coached and managed football, managed multiple underage and 1st XV rugby teams and supported inumerable student-led initiatives.

Ronan relocated from Ireland to New Zealand in 1999 and spent the majority of that year working at the America’s Cup. He has developed, led and driven various school wide initiatives with a pastoral, student leadership, professional development, data analysis and pedagogical-change focus. He is very passionate about engaging with students, staff, whānau and the community, and has high expectations for staff and students. Ronan has a strong passion for social justice and firmly believes that learning, and in particular experiential learning, is for life not just for school, and that all students should be able to achieve personal success while at school. He was amongst the first group of teachers in New Zealand to be trained in Restorative Practices in the early 2000s, has developed models of Teaching and Leadership as Inquiry which have been adopted by multiple schools and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Hons) from the University of Limerick, Ireland and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership & Management from Unitec, Auckland

Bert Knops Dip PE, Dip Tchg

Deputy Principal/Tumuaki Tuarua

Bert Knops Dip PE, Dip Tchg

Deputy Principal/Tumuaki Tuarua

Bert trained as a Physical Education teacher. After being an Assistant Teacher for 10 years he then spent 17 years as the Head of Department, Physical Education. As the Head of Department, he initiated and led curriculum change. Bert was also an integral member of the team who developed the inaugural ‘Academies’ programme. This programme became a national success and is now implemented in many schools across New Zealand. The programme offers an alternative to mainstream classes for educationally disengaged, at-risk youth. It uses the student’s strengths and passions as a pathway for re-engaging and refocusing in education, while also developing personal resilience and character.  

Prior to accepting Assistant and Deputy Principal positions, Bert spent 20 years as a Pastoral Dean across all year levels. During this time, he further developed his passion for assisting students in a pastoral environment. Bert enjoys working with students and whanau to build respectful relationships. He seeks to develop connections that encourage students to make positive decisions regarding their behaviour, wellbeing and future. 

Bert has a passion for sport and in particular basketball. As a player and coach, he has experienced and enjoyed success locally, nationally and internationally. He represented New Zealand for a number of years as a player and was also a New Zealand Coach at the senior men’s and under 20 men’s levels. 

Bert played for the Canterbury Rams most successful basketball team, winning four national championships. Following his successful playing career, he then became the Head Coach of the Canterbury Rams and of the Canterbury Under 23 Men’s team. These teams were successful in winning a number of national championships. 

Over time, Bert’s significant service and contribution to basketball and youth has resulted in several awards. For example, from Sport Canterbury an award for, ‘Thirty Years of Service to Secondary School Sport.’ Another, is the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Basketball’ from the Canterbury Sports Awards. From the community, Bert was nominated for the ‘New Zealander of the Year’ award and received the Canterbury Region ‘Local Hero Award.’ 

Bert has worked in teams throughout his educational and sporting career. He prides himself on being able to develop and establish high levels of teamwork and leadership. He is a skilled mediator and problem solver who has led and participated in a range of professional development programmes that have focused on developing pastoral, wellbeing and leadership skills in students and staff. He brings these skills and strengths to his role of Deputy Principal at Ellesmere College.

I am proud to be part of the Ellesmere College team.  My role involves overseeing learning and curriculum for the junior school.

“He waka eke noa” –  if we work together our young people will succeed in their journey.

Tanya Prout

Assistant Principal/Tumuaki Āwhina

It is a privilege to be part of the leadership team at Ellesmere College. I have built my career in teaching around the foundations of positive professional relationships, constant evolution of my teaching practices and dedication to see the students achieve all that they can from their time at school.

Antony French

Assistant Principal/Tumuaki Āwhina

Tanya Prout B.A, P.Grad Dip.SocSci, Dip Teaching (Secondary)

Assistant Principal/Tumuaki Āwhina

Tanya Prout B.A, P.Grad Dip.SocSci, Dip Teaching (Secondary)

Assistant Principal/Tumuaki Āwhina

Tanya joined the Senior Leadership Team at Ellesmere College/Te Kāreti o Waihora in January 2019. Prior to this Tanya has held various positions in education, in both teaching and advisory roles. 

Tanya has recently shifted to the South Island, having spent the majority of her own schooling and teaching career in rural high schools in the North Island including Paeroa College, Otorohanga College and Te Awamutu College. Tanya also spent two years living and teaching in the United Kingdom.  These experiences gave Tanya a strong understanding of the nature of rural schools and the way of life that is associated with them.

Prior to Ellesmere College/Te Kāreti o Waihora, Tanya has been part of several middle leadership teams as year level dean of a cohort of 300 students and Head of Department at Te Awamutu College, and most recently as a Team Leader and dean at Paeroa College.  It was in this role that Tanya had the opportunity to explore how teachers can work collaboratively to create an authentic learning environment that is responsive to the needs of individual learners. Drawing on her prior experience and involvement with the University of Waikato’s internationally-recognised Te Kotahitanga programme Tanya was able to develop a successful integrated, team taught Year 9 and 10 learning programme at Paeroa College. 

Tanya also had the opportunity to work for the Ministry of Education for several years as a Special Education Adviser. This role involved supporting schools to develop programmes of learning for students with specialist behavioural needs and students who are part of the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS).

Tanya graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Geography and History, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Sciences. She gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching from Massey University College of Education.

Antony French B.Sc, B.For.Sc, GradDipTchLn (Secondary)

Assistant Principal/Tumuaki Āwhina

Antony French B.Sc, B.For.Sc, GradDipTchLn (Secondary)

Assistant Principal/Tumuaki Āwhina

After completing his education at the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, Antony spent a number of years working in the private sector before undertaking a teaching diploma. In 2001 Antony was appointed to Ellesmere College to teach Science and pick up the reins of the Agriculture and Horticulture program. In the initial years he was a Year 10 form teacher and quickly rose to the position of Year 10 Dean. His teaching philosophy, based around building strong, positive and professional relationships with students and parents, made the Year 10 team strong for a number of years. With his increasing experience developing and delivering innovative curriculum programs including the implementation of the highly successful Rural Trade Academy, Antony then held the position of Assistant Head of Science for a number of years and then progressed to Head of Science. Concurrently with this, his strengths in pastoral care led to a Kaitiaki role. While it is an unusual path for a teacher to rise through the ranks while remaining at a single school, Antony believes that his commitment to EC means that he has a connection to the community that is invaluable. He has ensured that his teaching practice as well as his leadership roles never become stale and he is constantly reflecting, re-evaluating, developing and improving all aspects of his career.

Antony has been the staff representative on the Board of Trustees, the PPTA branch secretary and subsequently the PPTA branch chairperson,  relief teacher coordinator and led the organising committee for the senior formal as well as a myriad of other roles. Antony coached the 1st XV rugby team for 10 years, has run touch rugby teams, organised or participated in over 50 school camps at year 7,10 and 13 and has coached the EC Clay Target Shooting team for the past 5 years. Having the privilege of coaching a number of students to regional, South Island and National Champion levels is something that he is proud to have achieved. Whilst working in the Senior Leadership Team, Antony has had the opportunity to strengthen his leadership skills and is most proud to be part of a dedicated and professional team who have implemented progressive change designed to gain the best possible outcomes for all of our learners. 

When asked recently by a student what he liked most about teaching he replied, “While I understand that I may not be able to change the world, I know that I have been a part of the lives of many young people who will” 

Craig Anderson B.Sc, P.Grad.Dip.Sci, GradDipTchLn (Secondary)

Student Achievement Manager/Kaiwhakahaere - Wātaka

Craig Anderson B.Sc, P.Grad.Dip.Sci, GradDipTchLn (Secondary)

Student Achievement Manager/Kaiwhakahaere - Wātaka

Craig began teaching at Ellesmere College/Te Kāreti o Waihora in 2003. Over his time at the school he has held a variety of pastoral and academic roles. He was a Form teacher and then Dean/Whanau Kaitiaki for 16 years. In this role he undertook the pastoral care of students ranging in age from Year 8 to 13. He is experienced in interacting with students who have a wide variety of behavioural and learning needs. He was part of the team that developed and implemented the vertical form system at Ellesmere College and has been a strong supporter of the Whanau competition and its continued improvement.

He joined the PB4L team in 2016 and attended their conferences in 2016 and 2017. The central ideas of PB4L (common values, clear expectations, de-escalation, and restorative practice) have resonated with him and he bases his approach to behaviour management around them. At all times he prioritises the needs and wellbeing of the student while seeking to maintain positive relationships between students and teachers. He considers fairness to be an important aspect of any outcome that is obtained after a disagreement.

Currently Craig is the Head of the Science Learning Area, Principal’s Nominee, and in charge of Timetable, Assessment, Reporting and Kamar.

Craig is a past pupil of Ellesmere College and is proud to have returned as a staff member. Between leaving and returning he gained a B.Sc and Post Graduate Diploma majoring in Geology from the University of Canterbury. He travelled overseas visiting Europe and North Africa, taught (accidentally) as a relief teacher in Dublin and on his return gained his teaching degree from the Christchurch College of Education.

Rebecca Rupp Dip Hospitality Mgmt, Dip Trvl,Tourism,BusTech, Bachelor of TchLn (Primary)

Assistant Principal/Tumuaki Āwhina

Rebecca Rupp Dip Hospitality Mgmt, Dip Trvl,Tourism,BusTech, Bachelor of TchLn (Primary)

Assistant Principal/Tumuaki Āwhina

Rebecca is in her sixth year of teaching at Ellesmere College/Te Kāreti o Waihora and also attended as a student herself in the 1990’s. In between leaving school and embarking on her teaching journey later in life, Rebecca completed a Diploma in Hospitality Management and took her qualification and skills overseas to London where she managed a bar and restaurant in Richmond for a year, while taking the opportunities to travel around Europe seeing different parts of the world.

Upon returning to New Zealand Rebecca moved back to the Ellesmere area and managed a local wine bar/cafe for several years before deciding to change career paths ever so slightly. She returned to study at NZSTT and completed a Diploma in Travel, Tourism and Business Technology. This path took her to the Air New Zealand Airpoints call centre and then into corporate travel working for a subsidiary travel agent for the University of Canterbury.  

Rebecca then took a leave of absence to become a parent and worked part-time in administration for a local taxidermist. Once her children started the local primary school she became heavily involved in the PTA and this ignited her love of working with children and was prompted to delve into the teaching profession. The 3 year Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) degree beckoned and so Rebecca again returned to tertiary education, this time as a distance learner and completed this in 2016.

Since being at Ellesmere College/Te Kāreti o Waihora Rebecca has used these lifelong learning journeys and skills to be able to move rapidly into middle management where she became the Year 7 Dean in her first year of being fully qualified. In 2020 Rebecca co-led the Year 7 and 8 department and is now the Year 7 Team Leader and Kaitiaki as well as being appointed as the Adjunct Assistant Principal in 2022 to oversee Covid-19 and our ERO review. She is also the staff representative on the Board of Trustees. Rebecca is excited to be a part of the pedagogical change that has been occurring over the past few years and every year looks forward to welcoming new students to Ellesmere College/Te Kāreti o Waihora.

Other Staff

Rebecca Rupp

Year 7 Kaitiaki

Rebecca Rupp

Year 7 Kaitiaki

Anna Jenkins

Year 8 Kaitiaki

Anna Jenkins

Year 8 Kaitiaki

Chris O'Connell

Year 9 Kaitiaki

Chris O'Connell

Year 9 Kaitiaki

Shayla Foster

Year 10 Kaitiaki

Shayla Foster

Year 10 Kaitiaki

D'Arcie Ley

Year 11 Kaitiaki

D'Arcie Ley

Year 11 Kaitiaki

Sam Lemon

Year 12/13 Kaitiaki

Sam Lemon

Year 12/13 Kaitiaki

Rebecca Rupp

Year 9 Team Leader

Rebecca Rupp

Year 9 Team Leader

Anna Jenkins

Year 8 Team Leader

Anna Jenkins

Year 8 Team Leader

Desirae Beechey

Year 9 Team Leader

Desirae Beechey

Year 9 Team Leader

Wendy Cramer

Year 10 Team Leader

Wendy Cramer

Year 10 Team Leader

Steven Packer

HELA (Social Science)

Steven Packer

HELA (Social Science)

Robert Bale

HELA (Technology)

Robert Bale

HELA (Technology)

Caroline Aindow

HELA (Arts)

Caroline Aindow

HELA (Arts)

Branaye Wylie

HELA (English & Languages)

Branaye Wylie

HELA (English & Languages)

Dianne Knops

HELA (Learning Support)

Dianne Knops

HELA (Learning Support)

Karla Morton

HELA (Mathematics)

Karla Morton

HELA (Mathematics)

Tom Arps

HELA (Physical Education & Health)

Tom Arps

HELA (Physical Education & Health)

Craig Anderson

HELA (Science)

Craig Anderson

HELA (Science)

Steven Packer

HELA (Social Science)

Steven Packer

HELA (Social Science)

Robert Bale

HELA (Technology)

Robert Bale

HELA (Technology)

NameAreaEmail
Caroline AindowArtsaindowc@ellesmere.school.nz
Craig AndersonSLT/Scienceandersonc@ellesmere.school.nz
Sarah AndersonEnglishandersons@ellesmere.school.nz
Kelly AndersonGatewayandersonk@ellesmere.school.nz
Tom ArpsPhysical Education & Healtharpst@ellesmere.school.nz
Robert BaleTechnology/Year 8 Akobaler@ellesmere.school.nz
Ronan BassSLTbassr@ellesmere.school.nz
Desirae BeecheyYear 9 Akobeecheyd@ellesmere.school.nz
Krystal BolandLanguagesbolandk@ellesmere.school.nz
Zodie BonnettInternational Students/Fundraisingbonnettz@ellesmere.school.nz
Amber ChapmanDramachapmana@ellesmere.school.nz
Janise ClarkeFinancesclarkej@ellesmere.school.nz
Anita CollettSciencecolletta@ellesmere.school.nz
Tessa CollinsTechnologycollinst@ellesmere.school.nz
Joseph ConwayArtsconwayj@ellesmere.school.nz
Liz CorbettPropertycorbettl@ellesmere.school.nz
Wendy CramerYear 10 Akocramerw@ellesmere.school.nz
Anna DalzellCounsellingdalzella@ellesmere.school.nz
Rochelle EalamLibraryealamr@ellesmere.school.nz
Katlin FeastPhysical Education & Healthfeastk@ellesmere.school.nz
Katrina FergusonAdministration/Marketingfergusonk@ellesmere.school.nz
Shayla FosterPhysical Education & Healthfosters@ellesmere.school.nz
Antony FrenchSLT/Sciencefrencha@ellesmere.school.nz
Tania GreenwoodLearning Supportgreenwoodt@ellesmere.school.nz
Ben GulleryYouth Workyouthworker2@ellesmere.school.nz
Nicky GulleryYouth Workyouthworker@ellesmere.school.nz
Margaret Jack Mathematicsjackm@ellesmere.school.nz
Anna JenkinsYear 8 Akojenkinsa@ellesmere.school.nz
Quenette JonkersYear 7 Ako/Social Sciencejonkersq@ellesmere.school.nz
Bert KnopsSLTknopsg@ellesmere.school.nz
Dianne KnopsLearning Support/Transitionsknopsd@ellesmere.school.nz
Murray LemonPropertymurrayl@ellesmere.school.nz
Sam LemonSciencelemons@ellesmere.school.nz
D'Arcie LeyYear 10 Ako/Scienceleyd@ellesmere.school.nz
Jasmaine MartinYear 7 Akomartinj@ellesmere.school.nz
Sandy McCannLanguagesmccanns@ellesmere.school.nz
Karen MillerLearning Supportmillerk@ellesmere.school.nz
Karla MortonMathematicsmortonk@ellesmere.school.nz
Dean MowerYear 9 Akomowerd@ellesmere.school.nz
Chris O'ConnellYear 9 Ako/Physical Education & Healthoconnellc@ellesmere.school.nz
Peter OdgersTechnologyodgersp@ellesmere.school.nz
Steven PackerSocial Sciencepackers@ellesmere.school.nz
Deborah PoorterAdministration/Sportpoorterd@ellesmere.school.nz
Fabiana PrestonYear 7 Akoprestonf@ellesmere.school.nz
Josh PriceYear 9 Ako/Social Sciencepricej@ellesmere.school.nz
Tanya ProutSLTproutt@ellesmere.school.nz
Saskia ReidelYear 7 Akoreidels@ellesmere.school.nz
Julie RomanaLearning Supportromanaj@ellesmere.school.nz
Rebecca RuppSLT/Year 7 Akoruppr@ellesmere.school.nz
Gareth SeymourPropertyproperty@ellesmere.school.nz
Michele SilvaTechnologysilvam@ellesmere.school.nz
Janet SirisomphoneLanguagessirisomphonej@ellesmere.school.nz
Lee SpiveyLearning Supportspiveyl@ellesmere.school.nz
Holly StevensonYear 10 Ako/Englishstevensonh@ellesmere.school.nz
Jaden StokesYear 8 Akostokesj@ellesmere.school.nz
Donna ThianAdministrationthiand@ellesmere.school.nz
George TuckerArtstuckerg@ellesmere.school.nz
Priscilla WardYear 8 Akowardp@ellesmere.school.nz
Jess WatsonYear 9 Ako/Sciencewatsonj@ellesmere.school.nz
Danielle WhiteheadYear 10 Ako/Mathematicswhiteheadd@ellesmere.school.nz
Branaye WylieYear 9 Ako/Englishwylieb@ellesmere.school.nz
Liz YoungCounsellingyoungl@ellesmere.school.nz