Moturoa School

Te Kura o Moturoa - Established 1923

‘Honour Before Honours’


Hamish Hislop – Principal

I am Hamish Hislop, the Principal at Moturoa School. I began working here at the start of 2019. I am proud to be from Taranaki and enjoy teaching our wonderful tamariki. Before moving to Moturoa I was the Associate Principal at Tikorangi School. I feel that Moturoa has a similar feeling to a rural school like Tikorangi. The calm learning environment and wonderful facilities make our school welcoming to all our visitors. We know our learners, work hard to make a difference to their lives and strive to improve our environment.


IMG_2479Carolyn Weston – Deputy Principal

I am Carolyn Weston, the Deputy Principal at Moturoa School. I love working here with the amazing hardworking staff and our beautiful, creative and caring children. Moturoa School is special because of its size, its fabulous outdoor environment and its proximity to the sea. We are very lucky to be able to walk to the beach, up to Ngamotu Domain and to other local attractions whenever we want. I love teaching the children who come to Moturoa School. They are wonderful learners and embody the spirit of the Virtues Programme that guides us all in our interactions with one another and the wider community. In my spare time I like to read, sew, and go for a run through New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park or along the Coastal walkway. I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. My husband and I have two adult children. Now that they are off our payroll, we are looking forward to exploring more of the world in our holidays! I have been teaching for 30 years and can honestly say that I have never enjoyed my job as much as I do now.


IMG_2481Rachel Ammundsen – Teacher

My name is Rachel. I co-teach with Zoë in Koromiko – Pinatoro. We teach a Montessori whānau class with children age 6-12. Our class is an incredible community of learners. We have lots of fun together. Moturoa School is very special. We are a virtues school and committed to excellence. The Virtues Project is the basis of who and how we are as a community. I feel very lucky to have this amazing job.

Zoe Robinson – Teacher

My name is Zoë Robinson and I am very fortunate to co-teach with Rachel in the Montessori classrooms. I have a bachelor of Education and I trained in Wellington 10 years ago. I have spent most of my teaching career working in Taranaki and have taught New Entrants through to Year 8. I love working at Moturoa School with such a supportive and friendly team of knowledgeable teachers and fantastic children. I am incredibly proud of our focus on virtues and environmental education at our school.


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Diane Jagersma – Teacher

My name is Diane Jagersma, DJ for short. I have 3 children. My son is in Amsterdam working. My daughter is in London teaching and my youngest is at Sacred Heart Year 9. I am teaching in the middle area of Moturoa School. I have been teaching for around 30 years. I believe it is my job to challenge your children to be the best they can be. I encourage my children to manage their school life independently. It is important to me that both you and your child feels welcome in my class as this helps support everyone. I work hard planning programmes that will help your children reach their potential.  I love working here as the whole environment is supportive and caring and the ethos of the school mirrors how I live my life and teach your children to live.

Sarah Hill – Teacher

My name is Sarah Hill and I have the privilege to be the teacher in Kowhai classroom at Moturoa Primary School. Kowhai is a composite Year 0-2 class. I have a Bachelor of Social Work and spent 10 years working in various capacities in this field. Firstly as a paediatric and maternity social worker, then an investigative social worker in London and finally at Relationship Services as a counsellor and doing contract family court work. I retrained in 2014 and completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Teaching. I was thrilled to accept a permanent position as Moturoa School in the second half of 2015. I believe teachers have to be a good fit for a school. Moturoa has a beautiful sense of community and I love that it is an environmental and virtues school. These are things I feel passionate about. I feel fortunate to be part of a small staff who also feel like an extended family. I love the honesty and openness and our commitment to do the very best for the wonderful children we teach.


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Karlene Jones – Office Administrator

My name is Karlene Jones and I love working at Moturoa School. Everyday it is something different and getting to see these beautiful children everyday makes me so happy.  Whether its a plaster your child needs, a cuddle because they are a bit sad or to listen to their story that they are proud of it really warms my heart.  The team here are amazing and are so encouraging.  This school is definitely the best kept secret of New Plymouth.