Longford Intermediate Staff 2018
Principal - Yvonne Catherwood
This is my first year as principal of Longford Intermediate and I am thrilled to be working with such a dedicated and skilled staff. I have come from being the principal at Otama School and before that I was the principal of Tahakopa School in the Catlins. I have been teaching for nearly 30 years and in the past 14 years I have had the pleasure of teaching year 7 and 8 students as I find this age group very rewarding. The majority of my teaching career has been spent in South Otago and I still live in Balclutha and travel to Gore each day. Outside of school I am involved in the South Otago Theatrical Society and I love watching movies. My two girls are now grown up and off doing their own thing, allowing my husband Michael and I to enjoy a more quiet life at home.
Deputy Principal - Kate Sinclair
My name is Mrs. Kate Sinclair and I have been the Deputy Principal at Longford Intermediate since 2013. My specialist subjects and subjects I enjoy teaching are Literacy and Health & Physical Education. This year I have taken on the role of SENCO and I am working to establish this role effectively in our school. When I am not at school I enjoy being with my family. I have two children, Marshall and Gracie, and my husband Hain is a roofer. We enjoy going to Dolamore Park, the BMX track, the swimming pool and to the family crib in Waikaia. I also enjoy playing and watching a variety of sports and if time allows experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and doing yoga.
Assistant Principal - Candace Adams
(20 Takahe - Year 7&8)
I have been working at Longford Intermediate School for three years. I am passionate about working with this age group and enjoy the variety each day brings! This year I am teaching the GATE class which is exciting for me because I love a new challenge. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends and family and go for bush walks.
(12 Piwakawaka - Year 8)
After a five year break from teaching, I decided to go relieving last year. I enjoyed being back in the classroom so much that I sold my business and was fortunate to win a fulltime permanent teaching position here at Longford. Prior to this I taught in other Eastern Southland schools including Gore, Mataura and Te Tipua and I spent six years teaching in Te Anau. This year I teach a Year 8 class in 12 Piwakawaka. I am hugely passionate about my profession and thoroughly enjoy teaching this year level. I spend my time outside of the classroom following my son in his sports, gardening, upcycling furniture and staying at our crib in Riverton. Reading the latest Home and Garden magazine and hanging with our friends are family are also favourite past times.
(14 Putakitaki - Year 8)
This my first year at Longford Intermediate and I am loving teaching and being involved with Intermediate children as they transition into their teenage years. I have returned to full time teaching having spent the past five working in a part-time and relieving positions. Previously, I taught for several years at St Mary’s. I am really enthusiastic about the future of education as our children prepare for an unknown future. This year I have completed a postgraduate certificate studying and preparing for this. I am passionate about encouraging diversity in learning to allow each student to reach their own individual potential. I have three teenage children, Matthew, Hannah and Luke and my husband Stephen is a farmer. Outside of school, I keep busy watching my childrens sport, helping on the farm, walking and tramping, boating, gardening and reading.
(17 Ruru - Year 7)
I started teaching at Longford Intermediate School in 1982. I enjoy teaching languages (especially Te Reo Maori), reading, maths, writing and social sciences. I have specialised in teaching physical education and coaching a variety of sports in particular netball, basketball, and cricket. In my free time I love to read. I am an avid supporter of sporting and cultural events, especially if they involve my own family. I am involved with the Gore Kennel Club having breed and shown German Shepherd Dogs, in the past. I am also heavily involved with the Mataura Marae.
(11 Kereru - Year 7)
I am an experienced teacher. This is my first year teaching at Longford Intermediate and I am thoroughly enjoying teaching here. I believe it is important to develop good relationships with children and their families, and to work together to advance children's learning. I enjoy finding out what children's interests are so I can implement learning around this. I try to create a positive culture in my classroom where children are able to take risks and try new things. Environmental education is my passion and I believe it is important to teach children how to be sustainable, through a variety of contexts in our ever changing world. Outside of school I enjoy watching my own children play their sports. I enjoy walking my dog, attending a variety of live music gigs and relaxing with my family and friends
(18 Huia - Year 8)
I began teaching at Longford Intermediate in 2015. I teach a year 8 class in 18 Huia. My specialist areas are drama, music and the performing arts; this includes J Rock, BandQuest and Production. I believe creativity is a quality that needs to be encouraged and nurtured in children, providing them with opportunities to express themselves.
When I’m not at school I my spare time gets filled up by Gore Musical Theatre, I have been in a number of shows since moving to Gore and am involved in organising these. I love spending time with family and friends going to the movies or out for coffee.
(19 Toroa - Year 7)
Kia Ora, it feels great to be joining the teaching staff here at Longford Intermediate School, 2018. I am looking forward to working with the Year 7 students in Room 19. This year as a school, we have a focus with Longford Intermediate being an Enviroschool (Bronze Award) and see how we can move forward with this in a collaborative way with our students. It will be interesting to see where this may take us on our path toward further learning about sustainability. Ka kite ano. Miss Scully
(10 Mohua - Year 8)
I started working at Longford as a reliever in 2017, and loved it that much that when the opportunity arose for me to continue on I jumped at the opportunity. Before beginning my teaching carer I worked as an outdoor instructor and spent most of my time on school camps, so its fair to say my specialist subjects include PE and Education outside the Classroom. This year I am also working on including more digital technology in the classroom, which is another area I am passionate about. Outside of school I love spending time with my family, and enjoying exploring our fantastic country, with my husband our motorbike.
Hard Technology Teacher
I am the Hard Materials Technology teacher at Longford, having taken up the position at the beginning of term 3. I enjoy teaching the students how to problem solve and use the design process to prepare a project for construction. Following this we use various tools and machinery to create a finished product. My earlier background was as a builder prior to teaching for 11 years at Northern Southland College in Lumsden. This was followed by stints at Mountainview High school in Timaru and Verdon College in Invercargill. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, fishing, hunting, playing guitar (badly) and trying to stay fit by walking, sometimes running (rarely).
Soft Technology Teacher
I am the Soft Technology Teacher, and this will be my fourth year teaching at Longford Intermediate. I teach the Sewing and Cooking sessions for all Longford classes and I enjoy having contact with all of the students at the school over the year. I love the mix of teaching both cooking and sewing, and providing different experiences for our students. I enjoy having some involvement in music and production within the school. Outside of school I enjoy weekends in Queenstown, I love reading and walking. During the spring and summer months I enjoy gardening. I also love spending time catching up with my family.