Petone Central School


Laisa Peleseuma

Deputy Principal


General Information

Talofa lava. My name is Laisa Peleseuma, Deputy Principal.

I have been teaching at Petone Central School since 1996 for over 20 years and have taught at every level, from New Entrant up to Year 8.

This year I am teaching in Te Roopu Kauri, a Year 3,4 and 5 class.

I see teaching as involving a reciprocal relationship between teachers and students.

I believe that it is my responsibility as a teacher to provide students with an environment where positive self-esteem is key to successful learning and students experience success. I also believe that students can learn when they are accepted for who and where they are at in their educational journey.

Every child deserves to know they are valued as unique, capable human beings. When they share an atmosphere of respect and belonging, they will take the risks for their academic and personal growth. Embracing diverse ideas and perspectives will help create such an atmosphere.

Jeannie Phillips

Teacher, Team Leader.


General Information

Kia Ora, my name is Jeannie Phillips.

I have been teaching for 14 years, 12 years in New Zealand and 2 years in South Korea. I have been teaching at Petone Central for 12 years and have taught classes from Year 0 to Year 7. I am currently teaching in the English Mainstream Year 1-2 class, and I am part of the Senior Management Team.

I believe every child is special, unique and precious and that all students can and will reach their highest potential when given a safe and caring environment in which to take risks for their academic and personal growth.

My ultimate goal as a teacher is to facilitate and encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for learning, inspiring children to achieve more, question more, and dream more. My role as a teacher is to support students to develop a love of learning and equip them with the skills to collaborate and develop their own learning.

In my spare time you will find me reading, baking, gardening, traveling, hiking and biking.

Katie Makinson