Our People


Mr Andrew Pozniak is currently the Principal of St Brigid’s School and teaches in our Senior Learning Hub, Maungatua, alongside Rebecca van der Hilst and Sue Idour. 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

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Miss Deborah Charleson is our Deputy Principal and teaches in our Year 2 and 3 class. 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 Senior Learning Hub, Maungatua, part-time (Monday - Thursday), along with Andrew Pozniak and Sue Idour. She is the school leader of STEAM, Digital Technologies and Maths. 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 8 years and together they have 2 young daughters. She loves spending time with her family and helping to run her local Playcentre.


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Miss Carmel Wassell began teaching at St Brigid’s School in 2011. She currently teaches in Room 4 Monday- Thursday. 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/Year 1 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 amazing DRS.

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

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Mrs Sue Idour teaches part time in our Senior Learning Hub, Maungatua, alongside Rebecca van der Hilst and Andrew Pozniak. She is also one of our regular relief teachers. Sue loves teaching Maungatua on Friday and brings her love of the French language and culture into our school by providing French lessons to our senior children.


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


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Mrs Natalie Chisholm teaches in Room 4 on Friday, 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.


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Miss Courtney Sherman is our Learning Support Co-ordinator. She provides support in all our classes on a as needed basis. She provides tailored support to individual children and groups of children in all areas of the curriculum. 

Our children love working with Courtney. She enjoys making learning come alive for the children she works with and seeing them make amazing progress.

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.

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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.

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