"Though we are a small school we do big things"  Ward Student

We offer your children an innovative teaching environment with a true family feeling. Due to the commitment of the Board and Trustees and community support, the delivery of a supportive and high quality curriculum experience is maintained across the school. Come in and talk to our professionals to hear about what our students’ experience. When your family joins us at Ward School, they become part of a caring professional community that is committed to their wellbeing, educational needs and future.

Students enjoy taking part in a diverse range of cultural and sporting activities including: Matariki, ski trips, music festival, whole school camp, E noho marae experience, visit speech competitions, touch rugby, hockey, gymnastics, cross country, swimming and athletics. Our students enjoy a friendly and supportive involvement with other local schools while competing strongly in the Marlborough wide sports events and competitions. The Ward School students have access to a wide range of extra curricular sports coaching and arts activities.

Our Year 7 and 8 students travel to town to participate in technology classes based at Bohally Intermediate. They also participate in the Rural Schools Leadership Programme, working with schools from across Marlborough. The Year 8 students enjoy a traditional trip away with the principal. Due to the multi-age group teaching, the senior students are required to step up into meaningful leadership roles on a daily basis.

Teaching Staff

Dave Sullivan

I am an experienced primary teacher with over 19 years of educational leadership experience in New Zealand, UK and Oman. I have taught, designed and reviewed teaching frameworks that creatively deliver the UK, NZ (English Medium and Ngā Whanakitanga) Curriculums and University level courses to beginning teachers. I am a passionate, professional educator who thrives on seeing students learn and grow.

Most of my time in New Zealand has been spent between Marlborough and Nelson. My two girls were born in Nelson, attended Play Centre in Blenheim, and primary schooling in Nelson. Both Girls attended Nelson College for Girls and participated in many sports. Emma travels the world teaching sailing while Sophie attends Dunedin University in her third year. 

We are enjoying progress on a range of initiatives across the school that support our goals and School Charter. 

Tania Jenkins

I teach the Junior Class in The Rock Pool. Early in 2017, I made the move back to Marlborough where I grew up, and am happily living in Picton with my partner Alistair, and commuting to Ward School each school day; the drive is enjoyable and the landscape is spectacular!

I hail most recently from Ashhurst, a village just outside of Palmerston North, where I enjoyed teaching locally in the junior and middle classes at Ashhurst School, and trained as a Reading Recovery teacher. I have also taught in a mix of urban, rural, and variously sized schools in Dannevirke, Pahiatua, and Eketahuna. I have three adult children - Rebekah who works for the Financial Ombudsman in London, Hannah who is a post-graduate student, and Thomas who works in I.T., both in PaImerston North. I also have two delightful grandchildren, Lily and Emerson.

In the Rock Pool, we are developing growth mindsets where risk-taking and challenges are celebrated. We are busy exploring and developing our curiosity, imagination and creativity. We work together to build our knowledge and understanding, and we have fun with literacy and numeracy.

Rock Pool whānau are very welcome to pop in, and spend some time with us. We would love to share our learning with you!

Dave Paterson

Dave teaches in The Reef, our Senior Classroom with Years 4-8. He brings with him a wealth of teaching experience and a high interest in sports, getting the kids outside for games at lunchtimes.

"I teach the Reef class of Year 4-8 pupils. Most of my career has been spent in small rural schools like Ward. Each child has a chance to shine because we are able to cater for their individual needs and strengths. I enjoy getting alongside the pupils, coaching and guiding them to success in and out of the classroom. 'A have a go attitude', is very evident in The Reef. Importantly we support each other along the way and have FUN doing it!"