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.

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.

Jane Paton

Office Manager/Teacher Aide

Having recently moved to Haldon Road with my husband and family, it is great to be part of the Tekapo area and back to a familiar climate,  having lived in Central Otago and the Hakataramea/Kurow area for some time.  With five children, including triplets, my life has been rather busy at times.  

Coming from Geraldine High School as their Executive Officer, I am looking forward to working with the staff, children and familes here. 

I am a keen sportswoman, and have been a member of the St John Ambulance Service for the past 10 years.

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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, PO Box 15, Lake Tekapo


email                  office@tekapo.school.nz





Term 1: Monday 3 February | Friday 27 March

Term 2: Tuesday 14 April | Friday 3 July

Term 3: Monday 20 July | Friday 25 September

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