Malvern Kāhui Ako | Te Hū o Kākāpōtahi | Key People


The Malvern Kāhui Ako Stewardship Group provides governance support to the Lead Principal in helping to deliver our vision and achievement challenges. The Stewardship Group is comprised of a school board trustee from each school as well as principal and early childhood centre representatives. It is chaired by Keith Tallentire.

The Lead Principal works with the Kāhui Ako Leadership Group, which involves all school principals and early childhood centre managers, to guide the work of the Kāhui Ako and ensure the strategic plan is being implemented. The Leadership Group is chaired by Dion Stechman.



Nick is the Lead Principal of the Malvern Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. His role is to work alongside the Malvern Principals’, Early Childhood Centre Managers, Stewardship Group, Across School Lead Teachers and Within School Lead Teachers to ensure the collective needs of our Malvern learners are being enhanced through a coherent learning pathway.

The primary focus of the Malvern Kāhui Ako is to ensure all children experience a smooth and connected learning journey from their Early Childhood Centre into Primary School and then to their local Darfield High School. This learning journey requires targeted collaboration from all educational institutes in the Malvern Kāhui Ako to design and implement a teaching and learning curriculum that reflects our local environment and community expectations.

Nick is based at Sheffield Primary School, where he has been Principal since 2014.



Initiative: Transitions and Teacher Inquiry

Within the Malvern Kāhui Ako Jane’s role as an Across School Lead is to work alongside teachers and leaders to strengthen transition processes for tamariki and whānau. Her work includes supporting kaiako to understand curricula in the different sectors as well as with their implementation of Spirals of Inquiry. Spirals is a form of collaborative inquiry that keeps learner progress at the centre through gaining a deep understanding of learners’ experiences of school and their learning processes and using these insights as the basis for evidence-informed action.

Jane is a dedicated teacher who has taught from Year 0 to 6. She has a passion for designing learning that is accessible to all students by building on their strengths and interests. Forever inquisitive, Jane is always undertaking further learning that will benefit tamariki as well as her colleagues.


Initiative: Literacy

Liz is an experienced teacher with many years teaching at the junior level and currently enjoying teaching at the Year 5 and 6 level.

She has completed three of five papers working towards her Master of Education with an endorsement in Literacy. As well, she has worked as a facilitator in Maths with Teachers from Years 1 - 8 for the Ministry of Education as well as with Teacher Trainees in Physical Education and Health, and Professional Studies at the Christchurch College of Education.

Her aim as Literacy Lead is to work in partnership within Malvern, alongside Kay and Jane to lead the collaborative development and sharing of best teaching and learning practice in the curriculum area of Literacy across and within the schools.


Initiative: Cultural Responsiveness

He honere, he kororia

Mangarongo ki te whenua

Whakaro, pai e

Ki ngā tangata kaota

Tihe Maori Ora

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko ōhinemuri te awa

Ko Te Aroha me Moehau ngā maunga

No Ngati Maru te iwi

Ko Ngahutiotio te marae

Ko Hauraki te whenua

Ko Kay taku ingoa.

Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa

No reira

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

As the Cultural Responsive Lead across our kura’s, Kay is passionate about connecting whānau with their education system. She has had over 20 years experience in education, and has taught in kura’s from the Far North to Canterbury - as well as a teaching/mentoring role with Volunteer Services Abroad in the Solomon Islands.

Kay has a particular interest in working with academically ‘at risk’ children and whānau. She has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Literacy Education, almost completed her Masters in Education, and works tirelessly to improve her te reo fluency. At the core of Kay’s mahi is the desire to lift the ora (wellbeing) of our tamariki through valuing and reflecting Māori tikanga and te reo within our education system.


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