Our Deans play an important role within our school, ensuring support and care of our students.
Putauaki Hapū Leader – Year 7&8 Girls Dean
Kia ora my name is Stacey Morrison. I am a local girl born and raised here in Kawerau. I have two children of my own. My son Zantay and daughter Xaelyn both attend local educational providers. I am currently a Year 7 Homeroom teacher in the junior area of the school and a Year 7 Dean. I look forward to the opportunities of working alongside students while working in this role. My focus will be building positive relationships with the students, their whanau and the wider community.
Year 7&8 Boys Dean
Kia ora, my name is Francois Herbst. I am originally from South-Africa and have enjoyed working at Tarawera High School since the beginning of 2017. My role this year includes Year 7 & 8 Dean for boys and Teacher in charge of Outdoor Education. I look forward to the opportunities of working alongside year 7 & 8 students while working in this role.
Year 9 Dean
Kō Tararua te maunga
Kō Otaki te awa
Kō Te Atiawa
Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga
Kō Daniel Wallwork
Nō Te Whanganui a Tara ahau.
Kia ora, my name is Dan Wallwork and I am the Year 9 Dean. I have taught in a range of schools and subject areas, specialising in social sciences. I am passionate about education, and making connections between our whānau and community, and what we do in the classroom. I also coach rugby, and really enjoy supporting young people to succeed in areas outside of academics.
Year 10 Dean
My name is Barbara Morgan, originally from Whenuapai, but I have been a resident of Kawerau for most of the past 40 years. My husband Rob and I, moved here as a young couple, raised our family here and have been actively involved in our wider community. As a piano teacher, I have spent many years working with a wide range of people, sharing my love of music. It was through this, while employed by the Rautahi Employment Program, that I became instrumental in founding Kawerau’s Christmas in the Park. I went on to facilitate several youth programs until secondary teaching for Kawerau College. Over the past 20 years I have taught Music and Performing Arts in secondary school at both Kawerau and Bunbury – Western Australia. On returning to Tarawera High School, I have taken on the roles of Fashion Design teacher, piano accompanist for the school choir and I look after the distribution of laptops to students and their whānau, in conjunction with Te Aka Toitū Trust.
The many connections that I have in Kawerau and the vast experience through teaching both here and overseas, allows me to connect with our students on a personal level. Alongside our own nine mokos, there are many tamariki at our school who are whānau/ whānui to Rob and I. This makes it a privilege to provide pastoral care for all of the Year Ten cohort.
Tarawera Hapū Leader – Year 11-13 Dean
Hi my name is Matt Metcalf, I am originally from England but have enjoyed working in Kawerau for the past 12 years. My roles this year include Year 11 Dean, Teacher of English and Principals Nominee.
Kia ora, my name is Tahu and I am responsible for students taking Volcanics this year through the virtual learning network. By taking Volcanics, students have the opportunity to study subjects throughout New Zealand, subjects that may not be offered at Tarawera High School currently. It is my job to mentor and provide support to students taking these courses to enable them to succeed. I am also a Science teacher at Tarawera.
Junior Academic Advisor
Kia ora, my name is Leah Henderson-Speechley. I am the Junior Academic Advisor and a Year 7-8 teacher at Tarawera High School. I am originally from Auckland, been living in Kawerau since 2017 and have been working at Tarawera High since 2019. My role this year includes overseeing the data, programmes and academic progress of your child in the Junior Department. If you have any concerns around the academic progress of your child in year 7-9, please request for an appointment with me. I look forward to working with you and your child this year to help them achieve their academic goals.
Senior Academic Advisor
Hi, my name is Antony Pritchard and I am one of the senior deans at Tarawera High School. I am a foundation staff member at Tarawera and continue to enjoy working the amazing students of Kawerau. I teach junior drama and physical education and am part of the senior performing arts academy team. I am also the forwards coach for the 1st XV and am an avid rugby supporter. I look forward to continuing to help students reach their academic and personal goals in their senior years at Tarawera High School.