Our Team

MEET OUR TEAM

Our children are supported by a large professional and dedicated teaching team who hold a range of specialised skills, from early childhood through to the primary sector.

Our teachers engage with small groups, ensuring their self-directed play is supported and becomes an open learning experience. The focus is on creating opportunities to develop and explore shared learnings.

Here you can meet our team and find out more about the special skills and passion for learning that they bring to The Farmyard.

“For the small child the most important thing in education is the teacher’s own being”

– Rudolph Steiner.

FIONA DAWSON

Owner | Teacher

It is my privilege to be able to share my learning journey with our community that began as a dream and was realised four years ago with the opening of The Farmyard for Early Learners . . .

SANTANA HIRINI

Rongo Tātua Room Coordinator

I am passionate in teaching, protecting and maintaining: aroha, manners, tikanga, te reo Māori, respect, animals and our land mother Papatūānuku and the ways in which you would like . . .

AMY CLAIRE

Rongo Panihi Room Coordinator

My name is Amy Clare, and I am the Room Co-ordinator in Rongo Panihi. I am a qualified teacher, having graduated from Otago University in 2012. I also hold a Diploma of . . .

JULIE-ANN MAX

Rongo Pihi Room Coordinator

Kia Ora. My name is Jools and I was born and raised in Wellington. I am now enjoying my tenth year living in Gisborne with my partner Phillip and our three wonderful tamariki . . .

OUR SCHOOL

The Farmyard offers a rural discovery-based sustainable early learning environment, which is inspired by Waldorf/Steiner education.
Our educational goals aim to provide a well-balanced programme of learning and development through participatory hands-on experiences which encourage resilience, and guide investigation to motivate a love of lifelong learning.

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