Here at Manurewa West Primary School, the Junior teachers are a team of caring, enthusiastic, highly skilled professionals passionate about student learning.  Our goal is for all students to reach their full potential ensuring success for each individual.

As a team, we put effort into creating fun and engaging environments that make students love coming to school.  We have a strong focus on creating warm, friendly relationships with our students so they feel supported, happy and safe at all times.  Our goal is to build a strong base in Literacy and Numeracy to ensure students leave the Junior school with strong foundations for future learning.  We have high expectations for all students and this is reflected through our challenging, child-centered programmes.

From left: Leskin Lambert, Julia Brachi (Team Leader), Tina Voordouw, Emma Riley, Stacey Madden, Torre Thompson, Bernadette Logo


Introducing our team:


Julia Brachi – Associate Principal of the Junior School and Classroom teacher – Room 8, Year 0/1

Hi everyone, my name is Julia Brachi.  I am an Associate Principal and leader of the Junior School team. I teach a wonderful group of New Entrant and Year 1 children in Room 8. I feel very fortunate to nurture and teach children in their first year of school. I look forward to meeting you all and working with your wonderful tamariki.


Leskin Lambert – Rm 11, Year 2

Kia Ora – my name is Leskin Lambert and I am surrounded by the “best of the West” in Room 11 (Year 2’s). I was born in South Africa but am proudly a New Zealand citizen. This is my 26th year as a teacher and I have my Honours in Education. I am thrilled to belong to such a caring and compassionate school community. Each day at Manurewa West has been filled with much joy and self-fulfillment. I look forward to many happy years growing as a teacher and getting to know the families of the wonderful children I teach. My family is important to me and this school certainly has given me a sense of belonging.


Emma Riley – Rm 13, Year 2

Hi, my name is Emma Riley and I’m the a year 2 teacher in Room 13. I have recently graduated from the University of Waikato with an Arts Degree and Diploma in Teaching. I am looking forward to meeting my students and catering to their needs in all major curriculum subjects. I have a passion for teaching the Arts and I look forward to seeing the creative side of your students.  I look forward to meeting you, and your children!

Tina Voordouw – Rm 5, Year 1/2

Greetings! I am Tina Voordouw working with a lively group of Year 1 & 2’s in Room 5. Our little ones are acquiring wonderful Reading, Writing and Maths skills and it is exciting to be part of their progress. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my awesome daughters: Abi who is a Librarian, and Lainee – another Teacher. I also love the bush and the beach which means time out at Maraetai or in the Hunua Ranges.


Stacey Madden – Room 6, Year 0/1

Kia Ora, ko Stacey Madden ahau. I am the proud year 0/1 teacher in room 6. I am thrilled to be a part the growth and development of these bright-eyed beautiful tamariki who have been placed in my care. I have a degree in psychology and anthropology, and a post graduate diploma in primary teaching. For the last 2 years I have been teaching in an early childhood setting which has broadened my experience of teaching. One of my areas of strength is my creativity; I enjoy making new resources and exploring different ways to get students engaged and excited about learning. I look forward to meeting and working with you this year!


Torre Thompson – Room 7, Year 0/1

Kia Ora. My name is Torre Thompson. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in which I have been working for the past 6 years. Broadening my horizons in education I have been fortunate enough to join the awesome Manurewa West Primary School team and am working in Room 7 with a new entrant/year 1 class. I have grown up in Manurewa and also attended Manurewa West Primary School as a student. I look forward to meeting the families of all my students. Feel free to come see me if you have any questions about your child’s learning.


Bernadette Logo – Room 12, Year 2

Talofa Lava, I am Bernadette Logo. I am currently in my 10th year of teaching. I have taught upper primary, intermediate and year 9 and 10 students. I have always preferred to teach in low decile schools because I know i can make a difference in their lives socially and academically. I believe that when whanau/aiga work together, we can get positive results. My philosophy of education is simple…”believe that you can do anything and don’t ever let others tell you otherwise”.