Riverdale School

Principal - Debra Peck

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Debra Peck has been an innovative teacher, manager and principal in her journey through education. She has been the leader of Riverdale School for 17 years and for four years has been part of the New Zealand Principals Federation, which is elected by her peers. An active member of the Manawatu Principals Association, Debra’s passion is in the area of people where she leads her staff to become effective teachers and leaders.

Debra has led the charge with modern learning and has developed Riverdale School into a Innovative Learning Environment where you will find teachers and students with 21st Century skills and attitudes. Everyday, in every way, Debra is helping each child to reach their potential - this is what makes Riverdale School such a great place to be.

Ariki Piringatahi

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Ariki Piringatahi at Riverdale School consists of Debra Peck our principal and the two Deputy Principals; Jared Bron oversees the Year 4-6 area and Selina McCallum oversees the Year 1-3. Each of the team has shared leadership and responsibilities in most areas of the school.

Kahui Piringatahi

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The Kahui Piringatahi; Sarah Best, Janine McIntyre, Jo Lunn and Christina Hobbs. The leadership team at Riverdale School are 'in class teachers' responsible for classroom routines, child well being and team organisation. It is part of our vision to help create an environment in which every staff member has the ability to grow as a leader and lead in their areas of strength/passions.


Teaching Teams

Piako Tahi

    Cecilia Chavez          Hannah Carter 
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Piako Rua Rata

 Christina Hobbs         Hannah Pedersen 

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 Piako Rua Rimu

     Sarah Best      Samanatha Stratford

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 Pae Ake

    Kerry Bradshaw        Sarah Ruawai              Travis Pike

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     Jo Lunn                Tash Whitta                Joshua Lion

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Pounamu Atawhai

Janine Mcintyre            Nic Carter          Mel Mabey (Year 4)             Josie Carson

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 Teacher Aides

  Lynne Mudge         Kelly Chrystal             Pieta Higginson      Karina McHardy     Maryanne Smith  
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Release Teachers
 Maddie Speirs          Megan Murphy      Lynette Kenyon
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 Papa Jack Paki


  Tracey Phillips          Kerry Brown

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Rachael Hehir
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Maryanne Smith



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