Our school has about 200 children and around 30 staff. Our staff really know each of our students. Teaching and learning, pastoral care, supporting and encouraging our students in a rich and varied curriculum play an important role in growing our children, here at Hadlow.
Many people at Hadlow are responsible for leadership and keeping our school and students on the right track.
We have a board of trustees responsible for the strategic direction of the school.
Every three years we elect a new board, with five positions available to parents. Our principal, a staff member and one or two representatives from the Trinity Schools Trust Board also sit on the board. Our Current Board of Trustees is Peter Gardiner (Chairman), Justine Johnson, Louise Gibson, Scott McKenzie, Catherine Reid, Charles Kendall (staff representative), Andrew Osmond (Principal), Lana Stockman (TSTB Representative).
Our senior management team looks after the school’s day-to-day management and administration. The team includes our principal and four hub leaders (hub leaders are like lead teachers).
We have an open door policy at Hadlow, which means you are welcome to email or talk to teachers or our principal at any time. Open communication is important to us.
The best way to communicate with your child’s teacher is by email or by dropping in to see them after school. They’re always happy to help.
“I am excited and feel incredibly fortunate being Principal of Hadlow Preparatory School, being able to work alongside and lead our wonderful team, students and families. It is a privilege seeing our students and staff grow, thrive and the passion they show for learning. Hadlow School is a special character school that has a proud history with traditions but also embraces future focused education in preparation for today’s world. Our students show a growth mindset, they are creative, curious and kind. They love learning and school.”
We have really great teachers at Hadlow and parents are welcome to contact their child’s teachers by email or drop in and see them after school.
“Our family arrived in the Wairarapa from Waikato in March, 2016. When visiting schools, I was impressed by the passion and innovative thinking at Hadlow School. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work at Hadlow and be part of this exciting environment where the focus is on equipping our students with the skills they need for their futures and not our pasts.”
“Ask me what my passion is and I’ll say inspiring and challenging children and teachers to be the best that they can be. Self-management, self-motivation, goal setting, personal responsibility and instilling a love of learning – these things are at the forefront of my teaching.”
“It’s been really exciting to be part of the changes at Hadlow. We’ve remodelled our buildings, as well as our approach to teaching. That’s because the world is changing. And we need to positively prepare our students for the future by delivering the very best programmes possible. I believe we’re achieving just that.”
“I love teaching at Hadlow and being Hub 2 Leader. It is a pleasure to work with such an amazing team of collaborative learners. I have taught in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom, working in various settings, including state, private and special character schools. When it comes to teaching, I believe that students engage and thrive in an environment where they are encouraged and supported to be reflective about their learning, able to set goals and self-manage at various differentiated levels.”
“Hadlow has become a significant part of my life – years ago I started as a teacher’s aide and now I’m a learning support teacher for Years 5 and 6. I encourage our students to give school their best go, because I know everyone can reach their full potential with the right support.”
“I arrived in New Zealand from sunny South Africa a decade ago, when the Wairarapa became our home. I love children and learning. As teachers we are entrusted with one of the nation’s most important jobs; we are nurturing the minds and hearts of the future. Through tears and joy, I am blessed with the gift of filling my days learning with children.”
“To me, teaching is about inspiring kids to love learning. Lots of things go into achieving that goal. Offering high-quality learning experiences is one. Teaching in a way that reflects the needs of our students is another. Allowing kids to contribute and take responsibility for their own learning and development is one more. It’s big stuff. But, then, that’s why education is so important.”
“Hadlow has been a significant part of my life for nearly 20 years. I thoroughly enjoy teaching students in Years 5 and 6 – I can tell you the world is in good hands if they’re the leaders of the future. These kids make me proud every day.”
“At Hadlow, I’m privileged to work alongside some passionate and wonderful teachers and be part of the ‘future-focused learning’ journey. My family and I have a long association with Trinity schools. I am a St Matthew’s old girl and my two children started with Hadlow preschool, staying within the Trinity system through to senior college.”
“I love teaching in Hadlow’s student-directed, future-focused environment. I love it because it’s learning directed by both students and teachers. And it’s great to be part of a team working for the best interests of their community.”
“I started at Hadlow as a pupil back in 1989, returning as a teacher in 2004. That’s how much I love this school. My big passions are sport, IT and art. You’ll see me on the sports field as a player, coach and club president. I’ll pretty much give any sport a go if my students are keen to learn about it.”
“I have a passion for creating a nurturing and positive learning environment for young children through fun, inclusive, creative and progressive teaching. I believe collaborative, honest and reciprocal relationships with tamariki, whānau and co-workers are essential because of the fundamental role they all play in facilitating successful learning. I have high expectations of each of the children I teach and strive to challenge them as it enables them to realize and believe in their own abilities.”
“I have had the honour of working with brilliant, inquisitive young minds for over 20 years now. I love the challenge that is always presented when children ask innocent, open ended questions. This opens up limitless possibilities allowing fun investigation as we journey together to find answers. Exploring and explaining God’s amazing creation blessings is a wonderful challenge that I am exposed to each day.”
“My passion’s always been the arts and I’m relishing my current position. As a child I was forever creating and getting interested in new things to do with the arts – and now I can share my knowledge and passion with students.”
“I have a keen interest and experience in working with neurodiversity and staying up to date with the latest evidence based teaching approaches. My position at Hadlow as Learning Support Teacher is a rare opportunity to make a difference for students who learn differently. I am passionate about making education accessible for all by adjusting the way I teach to cater for different learning needs. I believe children need to feel safe and respected when taking risks with their learning, this is something I take to heart, going the extra mile to make lasting connections with my students and their families.”
“I love being caretaker of Hadlow, looking after and maintaining Hadlow’s stunning buildings and grounds and being involved with staff, students and families. Previously to this role, I had my own business called “Jim of all Trades’. I have a real passion for dogs and I’m currently the president of ‘Central Search Dogs’ where we train with dogs in technique and search and rescue.”
“I sell both new and second-hand uniforms from the uniform shop. It’s a great service for our students and families. We’re conveniently located onsite at Hadlow and for new students we offer personal appointment times outside of our normal shop hours. I have currently have two sons at Hadlow and love being a part of the Hadlow community.”
“Sport is a big part of the school calendar at Hadlow, which I love. I believe it’s important for children to get outside, play sport and to embrace the physical challenge. To me, it’s about having fun and enjoying the opportunity to compete in teams with their peers.”
We may be a small rural school – but we’re part of a big community stretching as far north as Eketahuna, as far south as Pirinoa and out to the coastal area of Tinui and over the hill to Wellington.
Playing a role within this diverse community is important to our school and we encourage our students to take part where they can. Sometimes that means raising funds for our local SPCA or, as was the case more recently, almost $900.00 for the people of Nepal. testing
We have a parent-led volunteer fundraising group called the Friends of Hadlow.
It’s their job to raise funds for those extra things that make Hadlow a fun, social place for our students and their families.
Every year they run Hadlow community events like the school picnic for new parents, as well as occasional working bees, quiz nights, art auctions and the school athletics’ sports cafe.
We encourage anyone to join the Friends – either as a member of the organising committee or as an occasional helper.
For more information on the Friends, contact Andrew Osmond or read Hadlow’s regular school newsletter, The Bulletin
Past pupils and alumni of Hadlow are welcome to drop in at any time – our doors are always open and it’s great to reflect on how things were for you and how they’ve changed over time.
You’re also welcome to take part in fundraising events and take part in our occasional social events tailored to past pupils and alumni.
For more information contact Hadlow School. They can update you on any upcoming initiatives and get togethers.
Hadlow Preparatory School68 High Street, Masterton
06 370 0008 email@example.com
Hadlow is one of the Trinity family of schools comprising Hadlow Preschool, Hadlow Preparatory School, Rathkeale College and St Matthew's Collegiate School.