Syndicate Three, Years 5-6, Staff Profiles

Team 5/6 Green

Sarsha Wightman

I moved to Lincoln Primary School at the beginning of this year to take the next step in my teaching career. It is an exciting move for me and a move back home for my family. I spent the past three years in Pleasant Point where I was heavily involved in Rippa Rugby, Kapahaka, Digital Technologies and Collaborative Practices. Prior to this I worked in a range of schools throughout the eastern side of Christchurch. During this time I took on a number of different leadership roles predominantly in Physical Education and Health and Mathematics. I am passionate about the importance of building the whole child and helping them to gain the self confidence to become life-long learners and to achieve HEROES status! I love seeing the children blossom. When I am not in the classroom I am mum to three, Cooper (9), Elodie and Arabelle (5). As a family we love being active and are always quick to try new things. I love my netball having played at a competitive level for a long time now, although my retirement seems near as the children’s activities become more varied!

Leonie Young

I have taught at Lincoln Primary for just 22 years.  This seems like a long time but why would I leave?   The children, the parents and the staff here have always been the best and my role has continually changed.  For the first seven years I was part time as my two boys were young.  I either released teachers or taught Reading Recovery. During this time, I completed my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. Following this I have been teaching full time in Syndicates 3 and 4.   I have had ten years of leadership and am now focusing on working with the children.  I believe building relationships with children is an essential part of teaching. Our HEROES and our Powers, we (the students and staff) have created, underpin all that is important to be a successful citizen.  These are unique and special to LPS.  Sport and being active has been an important part of my life and I encourage this at school. I run our Physical Activity Leaders and am proud of the students who gain in confidence to run activities for other children. Many of these students have ended up as House Leaders.
At home I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog and, because both of my sons are overseas, I like to visit Australia and America.  As mentioned, I like physical activity so I am often off on walks, bike rides or spending time in the garden.

Chelsea Bremner

I am very excited to be a new member of Lincoln Primary School and have loved coming into such a welcoming and passionate collaborative team.  This is my first year of full time teaching, after various relieving roles throughout wider Canterbury last year.   I grew up in Motukarara and attended Lincoln High School, it is quite special to be teaching in the community that I grew up in.  I graduated from Canterbury University with my teaching degree, and spent last year studying Sport and Recreation papers at Lincoln University, where I decided to try rugby and joined their new womens team.  I have also played high level netball, and have done four years of coaching for my local Tai Tapu primary teams.  I play many different sports, and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I have a real passion for teaching sports and literacy.  My favourite part of teaching is getting to know the students and forming strong and respectful relationships.  My aim is to support a positive, nurturing, and innovative learning environment.

Team 5/6 Red

Robyn Tobeck

I have been at Lincoln Primary School for a considerable period of time but I really enjoy the association with the different children and staff that I come into contact with each day.
I enjoy sport and played netball in my youth. I continue to play badminton, golf and my greatest passion tennis.
I am involved with the Lincoln Zone Sports Association and organise a large number of the Zone Tournaments.
Outside of school I enjoy my life on the family farm where I am unrecognisable as the Miss T of the classroom.

Marie Keely

I was born in Dublin and grew up in England.  I completed a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree and worked in marketing before completing a Postgraduate degree in education.  Lincoln University offered my husband (Dave Nicol) a job and we moved to New Zealand and settled in the then small town of Lincoln.  We have three children who regularly use us as a taxi service.  I play various sports including soccer, touch rugby and netball.  Although anyone watching from the sideline would observe that there is certainly more talking happening than running.  I enjoy walking and am highly motivated if there is a cafe at the end of the trek.  
Having taught at Lincoln Primary for many years I still arrive each morning excited to see what the day will bring.  As a teacher I see my role as instilling confidence in every child, along with a passion to learn and attempt new things.  I work closely alongside Tania Donoso (ESOL teacher) to ensure the smooth transition for overseas students.

Rod Newton

I was born and grew up in and around Christchurch.  After studying Ecology at the University of Canterbury, I spent time involved in different education programs in Japan, Taiwan and China before returning to NZ. I have also taught Environmental Education, Outdoor Education and ESOL.  This is my third year at Lincoln Primary.  I believe in providing an environment that allows students to learn from and follow their own interests and passions. 
These days I spend most of my free time enjoying life with my three year old and new baby.  When I find some free time I love travelling, learning about new cultures, photography, sports and anything with an environmental focus.