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Our Staff

Teachers at Wellington Seventh-day Adventist School are intentional. They are experienced, passionate and vibrant. They make good use of instructional time and inspire students to want to learn and to do their best. Our teachers make students feel comfortable and help them experience a sense of belonging.

Our goal is to see the clear outworking of God’s character in our students as they LEARN and GROW in GOD.

Teaching methods are geared towards offering each child a quality education. Teachers participate in regular professional development and the school has participated in a number of government initiatives that support children to achieve in all aspects of their education, in particular, literacy and numeracy.

Our teachers are the main link in communication between home and school. Prompt follow-up of any student difficulty or circumstance to ensure a lasting effective solution is vitally important to our staff. With teachers, parents and students working together in partnership, we are better able to ensure the best possible learning experiences for each child.

Mr Elmer Breedt - Principal / Room 3

Teaching has been a part of my life for many years! In fact, since I started school many years ago, I have only been out of school for two years! Looking back, I can truly say that teaching has been a wonderful career pathway. Meeting your former students is always a highlight, knowing that somewhere in the past we had the privilege of exchanging thoughts and sharing ideas.

During my teaching career, I have taught at five different schools and been a principal at four of these.  My wife Brenda is a Music Teacher and her musical talents have been a wonderful support during this time. We have three adult boys. Andre is an English Language Teacher in Auckland, Leon is a Software Architect and Francois completed his Architecture degree here in Wellington and is also working in Auckland 

Teaching at Wellington Seventh-day Adventist School has been very rewarding. We have a great Staff and they are always willing to go the “second mile”! Our Board of Trustees has been very supportive. My prayer is that our school will go from strength to strength with God’s blessing.


Elmer Breedt



New Entrants to Year 2 (and Reading Recovery) – Mrs Evelyn Ormsby

Hi my name is Evelyn Ormsby. I teach in Room one which is New Entrant to Year 2. I have been teaching the Junior level for eleven years, seven of those years have been in a New Entrant class. I have a passion for teaching this level. Teaching young children is a task that cannot be taken lightly. It is full of challenges and responsibilities. But is also full of excitement,wonder and joy!

My goal for my classroom is to challenge and motivate my students and watch them grow to reach their full potential. Children start their learning at different levels, therefore group work is the key to having a successful class. I also believe in teaching content that is meaningful and interesting. We have fun discovering new things together. Children get to do a lot of ‘hands on’ activities from cooking to science experiments.

It is important to me that I create a safe learning environment for all my students, as well as their parents and anyone else that enters my classroom. This rich and caring environment allows the students to have a greater respect and connection with each other. At Wellington Seventh-day Adventist school I have the privilege to integrate God through the curriculum. He is the centre of their learning. Children get to experience a spiritual content in Reading, Writing, Maths and Inquiry. Our Vision is Connected to God, Connected to Others and Connected Learners.

Years 3 to 5 - Mrs Julie Simanu

Julies Foto 2015 png Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Kia Orana, Mhoroi, Oli Otya, Ola, My name is Julie Simanu. I was born in Christchurch, NZ. My husband Tinei (from Samoa) and I live in Porirua with our youngest 2 children. Our older 4 children have families of their own; 2 in Auckland and 2 here in Wellington. I completed a BSc (Physiology) and then worked in an office, married and had children. Sometime later I returned to Teacher's College to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and began work at WSDA Primary School. I have taught full time for 7 years and relieving for 5 years.

I enjoy reading and walking/tramping and am very glad to be back at a Christian school where I can openly share my love for Jesus. Guiding our through their Primary School years  and seeing their confidence and faith grow is especially rewarding for me. 

Years 6 to 8 (also Maths and Bible for Years 0 - 2) -  Mrs Karla Mitchell


Kia ora

My name is Karla Mitchell, and I live in Ranui, Porirua. I teach the year six to eight students in the senior room with Mr Breedt. I really enjoy working with the senior students and relish the spark and independence they bring to their learning.


I began my teaching career home-schooling my two children and liked it so much I trained formally as a teacher. I enjoy teaching across the curriculum, but my passion is mathematics. From 2013 to 2014 I worked and trained as a Maths Support Teacher. This enables me to better understand how children learn and to apply up-to-date research and teaching practices in my classroom. My other passion is ICT and I am thrilled the school is moving forward in this area and look forward to seeing how this will change classroom practices. I have also taught music, including tutoring a variety of instruments and conducting a school band and chimes group.


I believe what is learned in the classroom should be relevant and useful and I encourage collaborative learning. My focus is on quality and the children know a favourite verse of mine is Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Whatever you do, do it the best that you can. I have found that positive relationships provide motivation for learning. This includes the home-school relationship. Parents are always welcome in my classroom and I value their support and input. 

Teacher Aide: Mrs Sarah Hurrell


Hi my name is Sarah Hurrell. I live in Ranui Heights with my husband Marty and seven year-old son, Liam. My interests are horse-riding, walking and hanging out with friends and family. I graduated from Teachers’ College in 2000 and have done a variety of jobs since then, including relieving, private tutoring and working here with lovely teachers, staff and students. God Bless! 


Teacher Aide: Ms Aiga Maiava



Support Staff

Chaplain: Pastor Jake Ormsby
Office Manager: Mrs Jean Abellana
Reading Recovery: Mrs Evelyn Ormsby





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