Kindergarten & Care


Hi my name is Rebecca Thomson and I am the Head Teacher of the Graduation Kindergarten.  I am married to Tony and we have two children Jonty and Mackenzie.  I have a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).  I enjoy working with and alongside our tamariki and their whānau.  Every day is rewarding as I love the natural curiosity, innocence and spontaneity of our children as they take on different developmental challenges.  I believe that the learning environment is made up of strong foundations for our children.  These foundations start from the relationships, respect that we as teachers have for our families and children.  Relationships and respect is an important factor for our children, to feel safe and happy which encourages learning and curiosity.



Kia ora to all whanau and children, my name is Tori Friis and I am a new Teacher here at Graduation Kindergarten.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Education (0-8) at Massey University 2008.  I have come from Palmerston North where I worked in a big childcare complex for 9 years.

My father was in the Army so as a family we moved to many different cities including overseas to Singapore.  I recently made the decision to return to Central Hawke's Bay as most of my immediate family have settled here.

I love working alongside children as they inspire me daily by showing us how they grow and develop into capable learners and our future leaders.

I look forward to getting to know all of the children and their whanau.




Hi, I am Lindsey Harris. I live in Waipawa with my son Jack. I hold a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Prior to retraining I worked as an Osteopath in Hastings and Waipukurau. I believe a child’s individuality, curiosity and creativity should be nurtured.