Nau mai, Haere mai
Welcome to Gate Pā School

Growing Caring Citizens for Our World

Gate Pā School is a special place, committed to the well-being and learning of every child.
Our school's holistic vision is reflected in our mission ‘Growing Caring Citizens for Our World’. This mission together with a 'lived' set of school values makes Gate Pā School a place where all learners feel safe to thrive.
A team of dedicated professionals and high quality facilities, support all our students to develop the values, knowledge, and skills that will enable them to live full and satisfying lives.
We value home-school partnerships and look forward to working with you to provide your child with the best possible educational experience.

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Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.
Warm greetings to you all,

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to Gate Pā School. A school which prides itself on growing caring citizens for our world.

There is something special about Gate Pā School; warmth and acceptance are felt on arrival. This may be because of the high value we place on parent-whanau connections, and the rich history of our area which reinforces the need for compassion and understanding.

Student well-being and learning are central to all our decisions. We believe that when students are happy and feel a sense of belonging they thrive. A culture of high expectations for learning and behaviour exists. This, together with a team of highly skilled staff, support every student to be the very best they can be.

We are immensely proud of the cultural diversity of Gate Pā School and take every opportunity to embrace and celebrate the histories and traditions of all students.

We treasure the unique place of Māori and all students have the opportunity to develop te reo and tikanga. We also offer a Māori immersion option - Te Rumaki o Pukehinahina and work closely with a thriving early childhood immersion option - Te Puna Reo o Pukehinahina.

Gate Pā School is a special place, committed to the well-being and learning of every child. Come and see for yourself.

Call in or phone the office for an appointment, we’d love to meet you.

Nau mai, haere mai.
Rochelle Jensen

Term Dates

Term 1

Tuesday 4th February - Thursday 9th April (10 weeks)


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Important Dates: 

Tuesday 4th February: School Starts

Thursday 6th February: Waitangi Day (School Closed)

Tuesday 10th March: Meet the Teacher

Term 2

Tuesday 15th April - Friday 3rd July (12 weeks)


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Important Dates:

Monday 1st June: Queen’s Birthday (School Closed)


Term 3

Tuesday 21st July - Friday 25th September (10 weeks)


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Important Dates:

Monday 20th July: Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 21st July: School Starts

Thursday 6th August: Student Led Conference & Art Exhibition


Term 4

Monday 12th October - Tuesday 15th December (10 weeks)


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Important Dates:

Monday 12th October: School Starts

Monday 26th October: Labour Day (School Closed)

Tuesday 27th October: Teacher Only Day (School Closed)

Gate Pā School Hours


School Hours





Rochelle Jensen
Position: Principal / Tumuaki
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Assistant Principal / SENCO

Terry Furmage
Position: Assistant Principal / SENCO
Class: -


Junior Syndicate

Charmaine Bartling
Position: Team Leader / Rm 8 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Amanda Donald
Position: Rm 7 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Erica Hattingh-Smith
Position: Rm 6 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Yasmin Waltham
Position: Rm 4 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Suzanne Kendrick
Position: Rm 8 Classroom Teacher (Part-Time)
Class: -
Dee Samuels
Position: Rm 6 Classroom Teacher (Part-Time)
Class: -


Middle Syndicate

Duan Scott
Position: Team Leader / Rm 10 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Raman Kaur
Position: Rm 9 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Robyn Robertson
Position: Rm 11 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Delwyn Last
Position: Release Teacher
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Senior Team

Whaea Ari Reedy
Position: Team Leader / Rm 15 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Katherine Bremner
Position: Rm 14 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Yolanda Bennett
Position: Rm 13 Classroom Teacher
Class: -
Whaea Ann-Marie Morris
Position: Rm 12 Classroom Teacher
Class: -



Whaea Reremoana Rota
Position: Team Leader / Rm 1
Class: -
Whaea Maia Kuka
Position: Rm 2 Classroom Teacher
Class: -



Irianny Beauchamp
Position: Office Manager
Class: -
Debbie Higgs
Position: Accounts Manager / Librarian
Class: -
Andy Phillips
Position: Attendance Officer / IT Support
Class: -


Specialist Teachers and Learning Support Staff

Kerri Friar
Position: Resource Teacher of Literacy (RT Lit)
Class: -
Petra SnellingBerg
Position: Reading Recovery Teacher
Class: -
Dipika Patel
Position: ESOL / International Student Manager
Class: -
Diane Davies
Position: Study Skills Teacher
Class: -
Marina Carroll
Position: Garden To Table Specialist
Class: -


Teacher Aides

Julia Lerke
Position: Teacher Aide / Resource Room / School Van Driver
Class: -
Carmen Munro
Position: Teacher Aide / School Van Driver
Class: -
Kevin O'Hanlon
Position: Teacher Aide
Class: -
Morgan-Faye Reynolds
Position: Teacher Aide / Library
Class: -


Grounds Staff

Shane Blake
Position: -
Class: -


Board of Trustees (BOT)

Gate Pā School’s Board of Trustees are elected for a three year term. The BOT comprises of five parent representatives, the Principal, and a representative of the staff. Meetings are held twice a term. Parents/whanau are welcome to attend any of the meetings. Please contact the school office for a schedule of meeting times.


Board of Trustees

Laurel Briggs
Portfolio: Chairperson
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Rochelle Jensen
Portfolio: Principal
Email: -
Megan Kaye
Portfolio: Parent Representative
Email: -
Wiremu Reihana
Portfolio: Parent Representative
Email: -
Katie Te Keeti
Portfolio: Parent Representative
Email: -
Sarah Hall
Portfolio: Parent Representative
Email: -
Duan Scott
Portfolio: Staff Representative
Email: -


Our Charter, Policies and Annual Report


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All our school policies and procedures are available for you to view online.

Families and whānau are welcome to review and provide feedback on our policies and procedures.


To view policies:

1. Go to
2. Click 'Search for your school'
3. Start typing the school’s name and select it from the dropdown list.
4. Enter your community username and password.
Username: gatepa
Password: gatepa