The Staff

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Bruce Young
Principal

I am married and have 3 grown-up daughters.  I work to ensure that all children reach their potential.  I enjoy reading, movies and spending time with family and friends.

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Julie Paul
Deputy Principal

I am a Papatoetoe resident and I believe the school and parish are a vibrant part of this community.  I attended Holy Cross and so did my two daughters.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening, walking and reading. I like spending time with family and friends.

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Diane Silu’uga
Assistant Principal

I thoroughly enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.  Art is always a drawcard for me and listening to music is a nice way to relax.  I love a good book and enjoy suspense movies.

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Ann O’Grady
Director of Religious Studies –  Room 3

I have been at Holy Cross Catholic School for 24 years, teaching across all areas from Years 0 – 8. I am the Director of Religious Studies as well as the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.

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Kate Lang
Senior Teacher Harinui Syndicate

I was born and raised in Dunedin attending Kavanagh College and Otago University.  I love teaching and literacy is a particular passion of mine. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

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Anna Bucheler
Harinui Classroom Teacher

I thoroughly enjoy teaching in the junior school and watching the children grow in their learning.  I enjoy spending time with my family on the weekends.

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Goretti Meredith – Room 1A

I am Samoan born and speak fluent Samoan.  I have been teaching at Holy Cross School for 12 years and currently teach Year 2 students.  I enjoy helping students to become confident learners. I enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with family.

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Kelly Skipper
Senior Teacher Arohanui Syndicate – Room 2

Kia Ora.  I am a Canadian born Maori.  I have a beautiful, clever, opinionated daughter and two furbabies.  I love cupcakes, reality TV, laughing with my friends and family, reading and sleeping.  “Education is all a matter of building bridges.”Ralph Ellison.

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Win Poe – Room 4A

Talofa lava, my name is Win Poe and I have taught for over 17 years in different positions in the Year 3-6 year level. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of teaching in the Junior school – especially the children in Room 4a.  I enjoy reading, walking, cycling and spending time with my family and friends.

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Nola Lucre
Senior Teacher Aroha Syndicate – Room 9

I enjoy teaching especially in junior school.  I am a passionate teacher who works very hard to help children reach their potential.  I  enjoy coaching netball and gymnastics. I also enjoy spending time with my family, friends and especially my grandson.

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Sarda Pancha – Room 10

I have taught for over 40 years and have held many positions, including Principal.  I am enjoying teaching the children in Room 10.  I enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.

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Fiana Tuli
Senior Teacher Te Matauranga Syndicate – Room 11

Malo e lelei hou’eiki moe kainga, I am full Tongan and hail from Mangere. I attended St Therese School, Three Kings and Marcellin College. I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters and a fur baby named Rico. I enjoy playing sports like volleyball, tag and netball. I also have a great love for Tongan dance, gaming and art.

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Kenneth Wilson – Room 12

I was born in South Auckland and I trained as a teacher at the University of Auckland, completing my training in 2017.   I enjoy playing soccer in my spare time and I am a member of the local community.

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James Kaleti – Room 13

I studied at Otago University and moved back up North at the start of 2017.  My interests include music and the outdoors.  I love to explore different parts of Auckland and visit family.

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Pat Helshem
Senior Teacher Tumanako Syndicate – Room 14

I am proud of my Pasifika/European heritage.  I like being creative, enjoy reading and spending time with my family.  I have taught at Holy Cross School for over 20 years and my family have been part of the Parish for over 50 years.

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Maureen Gass – Room 15

The children know me as “friendly, firm, fair and fun.” My passion in teaching is to help all children to reach their potential through positivity and creativity.  I dream of being in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen cooking up a healthy storm one day!

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George Latu – Room 16

I am a first generation New Zealand born Tongan, raised in Mangere. I am excited to begin my teaching journey here at Holy Cross. I enjoy the ups and downs of being a New Zealand Warriors and Auckland Blues supporter.

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Sherwin Stowers – Room 17

I was born and raised in Auckland and educated at De La Salle College.  I spent 10 years playing professional rugby and retired in late 2017.  I am thoroughly enjoying teaching at Holy Cross School.

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Bryan ‘Ofamo’oni
Senior Teacher Manaakitanga Syndicate – Room 18

I have taught for 18 years at Holy Cross School and have been a Senior Teacher for 13 of those years.  I have been a Sports coordinator for 17 years and have coached a wide range of sports at the school.

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Ahriel Silu’uga – Room 19

I was born and raised in South Auckland and am a past student of Holy Cross Catholic School. I have been teaching since 2016 and have taught in both the junior and senior school. I love baking sweet treats, singing along to Six60 and coaching netball. 

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Stephanie Coburn – Room 20

I was educated in South Auckland and studied teaching at the University of Auckland.  I am very passionate about teaching and working with children and growing strong communities.  I really enjoy reading, waka-ama, netball and spending time with loved ones.

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Brosnon Silu’uga
Senior Teacher Atawhai Syndicate – Room 21

I was born in South Auckland and I trained as a teacher at the University of Auckland, completing my training in 2017.  I enjoy playing soccer in my spare time and I am a member of the local community.

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Hayley Gordon – Room 22

I was born in Papatoetoe but raised in Manurewa.  I studied at the University of Auckland and completed my degree in 2017.   I am enjoying teaching at Holy Cross School.  I love travelling and being at the beach.

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Carmelita Kyd
Senior Teacher Rangimarie Syndicate

I was born and raised in Durban, South Africa.  I am passionate about teaching, working with children and helping them reach their potential.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

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Betty Ryan

I was born in Auckland but grew up in Rarotonga and England. I enjoy travelling with my family, escape rooms and geocaching. I love teaching our students new ideas to do with STEM and technology.

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Janice Sharma

Talofa lava! I was born and raised in South Auckland and love serving our community through the gift of education. I enjoy watching crime investigation movies and documentaries, baking, coaching and playing netball and spending time with my family especially my two nephews.

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Shaun Ginders

I was born and educated in Auckland. I love all sports, especially league, rugby, football and cricket. I love travelling in my spare time in NZ and internationally. I enjoy reading a good crime novel. 

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Esther Anitelea – Music Teacher

Talofa lava. I am the Music Specialist teacher and I play the guitar at our school Masses.  I have an avid interest in water sports and I train the swimming team and coach water polo.  I am excited to be back after taking a year off to complete my Masters of Education.

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Susan Bell – Principal’s PA

I have worked in administration for the past 25 years and at Holy Cross School as the Principal’s PA for the past 14 years.  I enjoy an educational environment.  I love reading, crafts and spending time with my friends and family, especially my grandchildren.

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Helen Peri – Executive Officer

I was born and raised in Kaitaia. I moved to Papatoetoe 30 years ago and have worked at Holy Cross School for more than 20 years. My passion is netball and rugby league (Warriors). I coached netball at Holy Cross for many years. I love spending time with my family and especially my grandson.

Teacher Aide

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Micaela Ginders
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Taani Samani
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Janine Posesione
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Anne Kelly
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Diana Zivkovich

Support Staff

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Carlie Kingham
Office Assistant
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Jan de Koning
Part time Teacher
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Trish Deli
Library
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Silao Tufuga
School Caretaker