Kindergarten & Care



Tēnā koutou katoa, families, whānau, caregivers and tamariki.  My name is Jess Draper.  I graduated from Open Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in 2015. However, I took  two years away from teaching to raise my daughter Ellie.


I am originally from Nottingham in England and moved to New Zealand with my parents and brother in 2006. After spending a year in Auckland we moved down to Waipawa  and have been there ever since, now with my partner and our daughter.


I feel very privileged to now be working alongside  the children of Middle kindergarten as they grow and become capable and confident learners and to also be working alongside Shelley with leading our team.





Kia ora whānau, my name is Shelley Wakely-Clow.  I grew up in Central Hawke’s Bay, then ventured off overseas to travel and returned to New Zealand to live in Matamata, Waikato.  This is where my passion for Early Childhood Education started through my own tamariki, when we attended our local playcentre.  Once my last child commenced school I completed my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). 

Tamariki need to feel safe and secure in their environment before they will learn, through establishing trusting and respectful relationships with kaiako (teachers).  They will have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for their education journey through play. 

I enjoy the outdoors, animals, gardening, and look forward to digging in the sandpit, exploring Papatuanuku, reading stories, singing waiata, constructing masterpieces with your tamariki, to name a few experiences.   

It is my privilege to join you and your tamariki on their learning journey in Middle Kindergarten at Scallywaggs and work alongside Jess with leading our team.



Kia ora whānau,  

My name is Rachelle Petch (Myles) and I live in Tikokino with my husband and daughter. We live on a dairy farm that my husband is employed at. I’ve been teaching for over 10 years and have been qualified since 2013 (Bachelor of Teaching ECE) and am fully registered.

I have been teaching in Hastings for the past 10 years but have moved closer to home to spend more time with my beautiful daughter, Gracie, who started school in 2018.

I am passionate about art and often do this as a hobby in my spare time. I share my knowledge with the children and give opportunities for them to explore new experiences.  I look forward to getting to know all the tamariki in Middle Kindergarten and work alongside whānau   in their children’s learning journey.






Kia ora koutou.

My name is Shelly Fredric and people call me Shellz.  I live here in Waipukurau with mu husband Fred and we have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

I gained my ECE qualification in 2009 and from there I have worked in 3 centres in the Hastings area.  Each centre assisted me in strengthening my understanding of the diversity of cultures and ethnicites within the community and how this impacts the learning of our tamariki.

I have a particular interest in carpentry and science and will enjoy sharing this with the tamariki and kaiako in Middle Kindergarten.

I am very excited to be teaching here in Waipukurau and look forward to working alongside you and your tamariki.







Kia ora my name is Kavarn Simpson.

I live in Waipukurau with my son Zak.  I am originally from Hastings where my family live.

I am happy to be part of the Middle Kindergarten team as an unqualified kaiako.   In the future I would be very eager to upskill and undertake my Early Childhood training.  I have been part of Scallywaggs for a number of years both in the OSCAR programme and relieving.

I have a love of art, music and animals and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passions with the Middle Kindergarten tamariki.




Kia ora my name is Caprice Wolfe.

I live in Waipukurau with my mum and younger brother.  I am orginally from Morrinsville, Waikato and moved to Central Hawke's Bay in 2012.

I feel privileged to be part of the Middle Kindergarten team as an unqualified kaiako.  In the near future I would like to undertake study to gain my Early Childhood Degree.

I look forward to working here in Middle Kindergarten and getting to know everyone.