Our People

At Wesley Primary School we work hard to find the best teachers for your children. We believe adults should be learning just as much as the students. Our amazing supports staff and teachers are below:

Our Staff

Lou Reddy:
Tumuaki/ Principal

Shelley Saunders:
Associate Principal

Sarah Coldham:
Office Manager

Lola Tawhai:

Lopisoni Pope:

Kea Team

Samantha Bound (Prendergast):
Ako Leader / Class Teacher

Joseph To'oala:
Class Teacher

Ocea Grigg:
Class Teacher

Hoiho Team

Trudi Carter:
Class Teacher

Cathrine Loney:
Ako Leader/ Class Teacher

Takahe Team

Heidi Rose:
Ako Leader/ Class Teacher

Sangeeta Alluri:
Class Teacher

Lilly Kuhn:
Class Teacher

Suchi Venkat:
Garden to Table/ Class Teacher

Release Teachers & Learning Support

Ana Tonga:
Garden to Table

Michelle Milsom-Rattray:

Louise Sorenson:

Grant Taylor:

Janice Anderson:
Reading Recovery

Learning Assistants

Apii Barratt

Shehama Cader

Maara Tapoki

Moira Carleton

Jeyarohini Balagrirtharan

Maxine McCort

Mel Scouller

Ana Loholoho

Mulki Mohammed

Madie Spear

Our Community

We believe that school is a place for relevant, engaging learning for students, whānau and teachers alike. We can strengthen student success by sharing the same vision of Be Respectful, Be Responsible and working in true partnership. Please connect with us by reading newsletters, notices, the website, our school facebook, attending parent meetings and communicating with us verbally.

ARK Project

The ARK project is an Act of Roskill Kindness based at Wēteri (Wesley) School that provides food assistance. It is a collective group of Roskill Champions working together to reach out to our vulnerable families in the Wēteri, Puketāpapa area.


Mana Health Clinic

We are lucky to have a Mana Health Clinic at Wesley Primary. Milly Castelow is our Public Health Nurse.

Milly provides a free of charge clinic for children of Wesley Primary, and for members of their family including babies, teenagers, parents and grandparents. The Mana Health Clinic is a base for the Before Five Checks. No appointments are necessary and free interpreters are available. You are welcome to make contact with Milly to talk through any health issues affecting you or your family. Parents are also encouraged and welcome to attend the clinic’s Advisory Group meetings, which are held once a term to share ideas for the clinic.

Milly can be contacted on 09 629 6550. Alternatively phone the school office on 09 620 9261. We are also part of the Rheumatic Fever Throat swabbing progamme, which is very important to our children’s health.

SWIS- Social Worker in Schools

Dharmendra Lal is our Social Worker. If you need to contact him please feel free to contact the school office.

Dental Clinic

A mobile clinic will visit our school once a year. For urgent dental queries please call the Dental Clinic at Wesley Intermediate School on 09 620 2564.

Wesley Kindergarten

We have been proud to support the establishment of Wesley Kindergarten on our school site facing O’Donnell Avenue. The kindergarten operates independently from the school and provides an excellent early childhood education for our children. Early Childhood Education is critical for student success. Children who attend kindergarten and early childhood programmes are well prepared with their early foundations of learning. Parents of young children are welcome to go to the kindergarten to ask about enrolment. Also, parents of kindergarten children are most welcome to visit our school.

Address: 26A O'Donnell Avenue, Mount Roskill

Phone: 09 620 0702

Website: https://www.aka.org.nz/our-locations/wesley-kindergarten/


In 2002 our school entered a partnership with the Pacific Foundation to establish a HIPPY programme. Doreen Wakefield is the Full Time Coordinator and the Wesley HIPPY Centre is based in Room 1. HIPPY provides regular home-based tutoring for parents of children in the age range of 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 years. The parents then role-play sessions with their children to support their cognitive growth and skills development. Doreen is always available to meet with interested parents. When the HIPPY children approach their 5th Birthday we are pleased to arrange school and class visits for them.


Duffy Books

We are involved in Duffy Books in Homes. Children whom have been ‘caught being good’ will receive the special prize of a book. We are very excited to be involved in this fantastic programme!

Our Board of Trustees

“The board is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders and is accountable for the school’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school, and ensures that it complies with legal and policy requirements".

The current Board of Trustees members are:

Sione Tupou, Corinne Piu, Tuli Vaivai-Ainea, Salote Taufa, Moira Carleton (Staff Trustee), Lou Reddy (Principal)

Sione Tupou

Presiding Member

Corinne Piu

Tuli Vaivai-Ainea

Salote Taufa

Moira Carleton

Staff Rep

Lou Reddy


Comments from our board members about what they love about Te Kura Tuatahi o Wēteri:

"Wesley Primary School is a place where all are encouraged to have a voice supported with respect and inclusiveness and embracing the Weteri community with aroha." - Moira

Wesley Supporters and Sponsors

Here at Wesley Primary School, we value the input and help received from the local community. From time to time we are fortunate to be visited by different community groups, businesses and members, who generously give their time and expertise to ongoing projects within the school. This page celebrates their input and publicly thanks them.

Minter Ellison Rudd Watt

Minter Ellison staff come and help support our students every week. They bring afternoon tea for the students and connect with them on a one to one level. The students love their interactions with Minter Ellison. Thanks Minter Ellison for the amazing support of our school!

Icebreaker NZ

Scott and the team at Icebreaker shepherds group have been involved in revitalising our school and supporting our Matariki festival celebrations as well. They have sponsored us a number of times and even brought 100 staff to help with a cleaning bee.

Who did you help today?

The team at WHODIDYOUHELPTODAY? have been involved in supporting events at our school and donating food parcels. Thank you for all you amazing support.


From time to time there are opportunities to join our team here at Wesley Primary School and these will be advertised in the Education Gazette. Please contact Lou if you are interested in working at our school - l.reddy@wesleyprimary.school.nz