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Lake Tekapo School, Aorangi Crescent, Lake Tekapo, 7945, New Zealand     03 680 6816    office@tekapo.school.nz




Principal             Simon Waymouth


Office                 +64 3 680 6816

Address              Aorangi Crescent, Lake Tekapo


email                  office@tekapo.school.nz





Term 1: Monday 3 February | Thursday 9 April

Term 2: Tuesday 28 April | Friday 3 July

Term 3: Monday 20 July | Friday 25 September

Term 4: Monday 12 October | Final day to be confirmed

2021 and beyond can be found here.

Our Team

Simon Waymouth


As a Teaching Principal the focus should always be about the “kids”.  Part of the balancing act in a small school is ensuring that what you say you’re doing is what you are actually doing and needs to be in sync. The Small School setting allows for this,  and it is a platform to trial and implement different learning approaches that fall in line with current theory. Learning ultimately however requires “getting amongst it” and putting actions to words,  which in turn encourages kids to be actively involved in their learning. The old adage that you are only as good as the people next to you sits well for me and the philosophy of sport and teamwork are at the centre of what we do. Whether this is students, parents or staff, it is the principles and values that underpin the real beliefs that promote teamwork, goal setting, honesty, fairplay, competitiveness, perseverance and ultimately fun.  During my time as a Teacher and Principal one of the most important ingredients to a child’s learning is the importance the school and wider community plays …………….. not only a successful school but also in developing lifelong learners.

Melissa McLellan


My husband, myself and my 2 boys live in Twizel. I enjoy spending time with my family, photography, sewing, skiing, Art, and Travel.   I have been teaching 17 years. I have taught at schools all over Otago and Canterbury, mostly in small rural schools. This is my 5th year teaching in the Godley class at Lake Tekapo School. I became a teacher because I hold a true belief in being a life long learner. I am passionate about teaching and learning and I love to learn alongside the students with authentic learning opportunities.   I love seeing the students experience learning, seeing them succeed and the excitement when they first start school.

Maria Roche


With a sound background involved in English as a Second Language (ESOL) and a High School teaching background I bring a passion for both pastoral care and actively supporting the individual needs of a learner.  I have a strong belief that there are more similarities than differences. I am enjoying my time teaching here at Lake Tekapo School, and look forward to what the future brings here at school.

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