Kindergarten & Care


Kathryn Robinson, Head Teacher ( Dip.Teach ECE )


My partner, Colin and I, have collectively nine children, twenty grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

My interests involve family, gardening and landscaping, exploring the great outdoors, hunting and gathering, motor homing and travelling.  I have always been passionate about children, following a career in Karitane Nursing,Special Education and Early Childhood Teaching.

My teaching approach and practice in the Junior Room at Scallywaggs Kindergarten & Care reflects the Te Whare Tapa Wha Māori model of health and well-being, meeting the needs of children in an holistic context, physically (taha tinana), emotionally ( taha hinengaro), spiritually (wairuatanga) and the family, (taha whānau).

I value and respect parents and families as first teachers and believe in supportive community partnerships for social reform. I believe in encouraging warm relationships and strong attachments to embrace and support each child’s culture and custom, and respectfully see myself as part of their extended family.  You can contact me at

Our children ~Our taonga

Ngā mihi nui


Susan Rowlands


Tēna kotou, tēna koutou, tēna koutou katoa. Tuhia ki te rangi, tuhia ki te whenua, tuhia ki te ngākau o ngā tāngata, ko te mea nui, ko te aroha. Tihei mauri ora!

I love working with children, teaching and learning alongside them and their whānau in the countryside where I have resided since 1976 with my husband, four married children and their wonderful spouses who have blessed us with nine grandchildren. Originally I gained a three year Diploma of Primary Teaching in Western Australia as a mature aged student after working for five years in banking and personnel administration. When migrating to New Zealand it was then illegal to employ overseas trained teachers where New Zealand teachers were available so I volunteered for ten years completing certification and working in Play-centre. Through this I bring an understanding from a migrant's perspective to my work. I also bring an understanding of challenging rural life styles through engaging in every aspect of rural work from tractor and truck driving to raising 400 calves a year. I also bring an empathy and appreciation of all things Maori through teaching with the English Department at Te Aute College for ten years. It was there where I completed my New Zealand Bachelor of Education at Massey; with papers in Special Education, the Treaty and te Kākāno o te Reo. As I have nursed matua with cancer, and supported family with premature babies my nurturing skills I bring to my tamariki. I have completed a Post Graduate Early Childhood Massey Degree and bring my commitment to further education to my philosophy.I started at Scallywaggs in 2009 Senior Kindergarten and then moved to the Junior Kindergarten.

Tēna koutou, katoa.




Ko Te Whakapunake o te Ika a Maui Tikitiki-ā-Taranga tōku Maunga,

Ko Te Wairoa Hōpūpū Hōnengenenge Mātangi Rau tōku Awa,

Ko Takitimu tōku Waka,

Ko Takitimu raua ko Rauhina ōku Marae,

Ko Ngati Kahungunu tōku Iwi,

Nō Te Wairoa ahau,

Ko Fran Gray tōku ingoa.

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Kia ora whānau, Fran is my name and I have just moved to Waipukurau to be closer to my whānau here and in Napier. I come to Scallywaggs as a kaitiaki from managing a Kōhanga Reo in Tauranga. I enjoy my Māori culture and practicing my reo Māori with tamariki, so if you hear me speaking Māori and want to know what I said, please don’t be shy to ask. I play roller derby and also enjoy being outside so I love camping, swimming and snowboarding. I hope to learn about where our Junior centre whānau come from, your culture and interests. I have enjoyed meeting your tamariki and can’t wait to learn more about them and can’t wait to learn more about them and with them.                                 

Mauri ora, Whaea Fran.






Kia ora koutou

Ko Sarah Cudby ahau

Hi there, my name is Sarah Cudby and I have recently returned to Scallywaggs as a teacher in training where I was part of the team 16 years ago when I left to embark upon my own journey of raising a family. My husband, Aidan and I have 5 beautiful tamariki and live in Waipukurau.

One of my tamariki was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3.  He has taught me so much and opened my eyes to the true meaning of teaching and learning alongside tamariki, reciprocally and holistically. Letting go of preconceived ideas to think outside the box and look at things through the lens of the child that may be wonderfully multicoloured, this resonate’s strongly with Scallywaggs core values of being “committed to build and foster a sense of community that is inclusive and welcoming and respectful of the values, beliefs and practices of all cultures and backgrounds”.

I’m currently studying towards gaining the Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and are motivated and inspired to work alongside the teachers (kaiako), tamariki and whanau in a role where I am fortunate to be in a position that nurtures the early care, education, development, behaviour and potential of all children. I strongly believe that the support networks provided by the teachers and caregivers in the Early Childhood Education setting create positive differences and significant contributions in the lives of both children and whanau, this, ultimately is what I aspire to achieve most, to make a difference in the everyday lives of extraordinary children.

I look forward to continuing this journey with you all

Nga mihi nui





Ko Te Whakapunake o te Ika a Maui Tikitiki-ā-Taranga tōku Maunga,

Ko Te Wairoa Hōpūpū Hōnengenenge Mātangi Rau tōku Awa,

Ko Takitimu tōku Waka,

Ko Takitimu raua ko Rauhina ōku Marae,

Ko Ngati Kahungunu tōku Iwi,

Nō Te Wairoa ahau,

Ko Hannah Peka Ngahau tōku ingoa.

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Tēnā koutou katoa, my name is Hanz and I’m working part time here in the Junior room. I have years of experience working with tamariki of differing abilities from various backgrounds and cultures. I have always enjoyed working with tamariki and I look forward to getting to know yours. I have mokopuna myself who I love spending time with and enjoy getting out and about in the community.

Kia ora, Whaea Hanz.