Our People


Mr Andrew Pozniak is currently the Principal of St Brigid’s School and teaches our Year 5 and 6 part time (Friday) alongside Mrs Emily Gillan. He came to St Brigid’s in 2020 after leading St Bernard's School in Wellington for a number of years. Andrew has been a Principal for over 10 years and enjoys fostering a close knit staff culture and empowering the staff to develop their teaching and leadership skills.

Outside of school Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, especially his young grandchildren, attending a good pub quiz and playing a few rounds of golf when he gets the chance.

Deputy Principal

Miss Deborah Charleson began teaching at St Brigid's in 2003. She currently teaches in our Year 1 and 2 class and is our Deputy Principal. She has a passion for Literacy, Numeracy, Visual Arts and STEAM and enjoys using many creative ways to engage and enhance her children’s learning.


Outside of school Deborah enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends.


Mrs Rebecca van der Hilst began teaching at St Brigid's School in 2012. She currently teaches in our Year 3 and 4 class part-time (Monday - Thursday), along with Mrs Sue Idour. She is the school leader of STEAM, Digital Technologies and Maths. She is also the kaiako for Kapa Haka. Rebecca is passionate about using digital technologies to engage and foster collaboration with her children. She also enjoys bringing Science and Mathematics alive for the children in our school.


She has been married to Jon for the last 7 years and together they have 2 young daughters. She loves spending time with her family and helping to run her local Playcentre.


Miss Carmel Wassell began teaching at St Brigid’s School in 2011.  She has had a long-standing relationship with St Brigid’s as she attended as a pupil from 1985 - 1991.  From 2011- 2017 Carmel taught in Room 2 with the Year 2s and 3s.  In 2018 she made the shift to the New Entrants class.  

Carmel has been trained in Early Childhood Education as well as Primary Education so thoroughly enjoys using a play-based learning approach in her classroom. Carmel is our Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees, our School SENCO and our one of our amazing DRS Duo.

When not at school Carmel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.


Mrs Emily Gillan began teaching at St Brigid's School in 2018 after previously teaching at a Catholic School in Auckland. She has just returned from maternity leave and currently teaches in the Year 5 and 6 class part-time (Monday - Thursday) along with Mr Andrew Pozniak. She is the school leader of our Positive Behaviour Programme, Choir and one of our amazing DRS duo. Emily enjoys using technology to enhance her teaching programme and her passions lie with positive behaviour management, digital technologies and literacy. 


She has been married to Tom for the past 4 years and they have a young son together. She enjoys family time, reading a good book and cooking up a storm in the kitchen


Mrs Sue Idour teaches part time in Room 2 alongside Mrs Rebecca van der Hilst. She is also one of our regular relief teachers. Sue loves teaching Room 2 on Friday and brings her love of the French language and culture into our school by providing French lessons to our Year 3-6 children.


Sue has 3 adult children. Outside of school, Sue enjoys reading and socialising with friends.


Mrs Natalie Chisholm is our Classroom Release Teacher and one of our regular relief teachers. She is our resident artist and enjoys enriching all our classroom experiences with her love of Visual Art. Natalie brings creativity and imagination to our school and is constantly extending our children’s experiences through new art mediums. Our children all love their days with Mrs C! 


Natalie is married to Brett and they have 2 high school-aged children together. She enjoys painting, listening to heavy metal music and walking her (slightly crazy) dog.

Office Manager

Mrs Moira O’Shea is our Office Manager. She is the friendly face you will see when you enter the school and the voice on the other end of the phone when you give us a ring. Moira has a wealth of experience at St Brigid’s and is the go-to person for any and all questions St Brigid’s related. She has a long history with St Brigid’s as her own 3 children attended the school .


Outside of school Moira enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, reading, walking and catching up with friends and family.

Learning Support

Mrs Robyn Firmin or Robby as she is known by our children is one of our superstar learning support team. She has been at St Brigid’s since her own children attended in the 1980’s. Robyn brings a huge amount of dedication to her work and really relishes seeing all children achieve while creating a supportive environment for them to learn. She currently spends her days helping our Year 3 and 4 children.

Outside of school, Robyn enjoys gardening, reading, painting, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren.

Learning Support

Mrs Sharon McRae is another member of our superstar learning support team. Sharon has been with us since the late 90’s when her own 2 children were part of St Brigid’s. Sharon enjoys supporting our Year 1 and 2 classrooms with all their learning and helping out with our ESOL (English to speakers of other languages) programme. Sharon also organises our sports teams and keeps our sports equipment up to date and looking amazing for the children. 


Outside of school, Sharon enjoys yoga, spending time with family and reading and the occasional kayaking trip.  

Learning Support

Mrs Marie Heyward is part of our superstar learning support team. She has a long connection to St Brigid’s with her own 3 children have attended. Marie enjoys working with our New Entrant and Year 1 children to give them the best start to their time at St Brigid’s. She also helps with our ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme. She is also our resident seamstress and enjoys passing this skill down to the children in our school.


Outside of school, Marie enjoys shopping, spending time with her grandchildren and sewing and crafting.

Mrs Catherine Mirfin is a passionate member of our superstar learning support team. Catherine enjoys working with our Year 5 and 6 children to help them use their learning to extend their thinking. She is also the lady responsible for keeping our library looking amazing and up to date with exciting new books to instill a love of reading in our children.

Learning Support

Board of Trustees

St Brigid’s School is governed by a group of dedicated and passionate parents and community members. Our Board of Trustees is made up of 4 Proprietors Representatives (who represent the Bishop and the Catholic Character of the school), 4 Parent Elected Representatives, a Staff Elected Representative, the Principal and a Board Appointed Secretary. 


The Board meets twice a term to ensure the school is maintaining its high standards of teaching and learning as well as setting the strategic direction of the school. Day to day management of the school is delegated to the Principal, Mr Andrew Pozniak. 

Board of Trustees 


  • Craig Ashton

Parent Representatives

  • Dean Bell

  • Danielle Joseph

  • Chris Valentine

 Proprietor's Representatives​

  • Therese Lam

  • Chris Higgs

  • Kenneth McGurk

  • Colin MacLeod

Staff Elected Member

  • Carmel Wassell


  • Andrew Pozniak

Appointed Secretary

  • Moira O'Shea

Parent-Teacher Association 

The PTA at our school is alive and kicking. Our aim is to add extra touches to our children’s environment that will make their days more interesting and will extend their knowledge and experience.

The PTA supports the school by:

  •  providing a link between students, parents and the school;

  •  raising funds to provide improved facilities and educational opportunities for members of the school community;

  •  encouraging parents to be involved in the education of their children and promoting the school in the community

We stage a variety of fun social and fundraising events, both child and adult-focused, throughout the year. Supporting and helping at these events is a great way to become more involved in the school, meet other parents and keep up to date with what is happening. If you like working together to get things done, the PTA is the perfect group for you.

We meet in the School Staff room every second Tuesday of each month during term time. We love to see new faces so if your family is new to the school or if you just have a bit more time this year, please don’t be shy, we promise a warm welcome.

Friends of the PTA
If you don’t have time to attend meetings or don’t want to be involved in the details of organising events you can join the Friends of the PTA, our friendly team that lend us a hand when required. We are also keen to hear from you if you have any ideas for events.
If you would like to be involved with PTA as a Friend of the PTA please complete the ‘Become a Friend of the PTA form’. Your name would be added to our email list and we would only contact you if you reply that you are able to assist.

PTA Committee
Co-Chair/Treasurer: Linh Ashton and Jane Hawkins
Secretary: Gemma Bishop
Pastoral Care Co-ordinator: Lisa-Jayne Patston
Committee Members: Lynda Evans, Alicia Osland, and Elyse Lindsay
Staff Representative: Andrew Pozniak

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03 454 3477


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