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 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)
(14 Poutakitaki - Year 8)
(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)
(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
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.