Introducing the Middle School Team,


Komal Singh  Deputy Principal & Pod Leader

Kia Ora

I am Komal Singh. I migrated from South Africa fifteen years ago. My roles include that of being a Deputy Principal, Special Education Needs Co-ordinator/Pastoral Care and Leader of the Middle School. My qualifications include a BA Social Science Degree, Certificate Programme in Management, Graduate Diploma in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Literacy Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. I strive to create a caring learning community where learners, teachers and members of the Senior Leadership team feel welcome, valued and respected.

Michalla Thomson Pod Leader & Classroom Teacher MP4

Kia ora, my name is Michalla Thomson. I am the co-leader of Middle School this year and I am excited for this new role. I am from Christchurch originally. I have taught year 3-4 for the last 4 years and I am looking forward to getting to know all the students across the team. Outside of work I enjoy a good book and getting outdoors.

Antonette Botha Classroom Teacher MP1

Hi there! I am so excited to be part of Manurewa West’s Middle School team. I really enjoy spending time with the wonderful students of MP 1 every day. Our daily focus is on the main curriculum areas of reading, mathematics, and writing, as well as on the lesser-known (but equally important!) areas of having fun and making learning interesting. My purpose is to nurture and challenge my students every day to be the best possible version of themselves. I believe in having a comfortable and familiar daily classroom routine to make all students feel safe and cared for. On weekends I enjoy spending time with my husband, Allan, and daughter, Lily. I love reading and exploring beautiful New Zealand.

Lorraine Turu Classroom Teacher MP2

My name is Lorraine Turu and I am the Teacher in MP2, teaching years 3 and 4 as well as being a part of the amazing bi-cultural team. I’ve just graduated from University of Auckland and looking forward to see what the future brings. Teaching is my passion and I am absolutely enjoying it. I’m enjoying getting to know our tamariki and encouraging them to meet their learning goals as well as striving for the best. Feel free to come in and ask any questions.

Sheena Lang Classroom Teacher MP3

Hello my name is Sheena Lang, I just moved here from United Arab Emirates, although I am originally from South Africa, and I have had the privilege of teaching a wide range of students starting from year 1 through to year 6. I am delighted to be teaching here in New Zealand, and even happier to be at Manurewa West Primary! I love to coach and play netball at school and have really enjoyed exploring the local waterfalls.

Rachel Sayers Classroom Teacher MP5

Hi My name is Rachel Sayers and I am a year 3 and 4 teacher in the MP5 this year. This is my second year teaching at Manurewa West and I think it is such a wonderful school to teach at. I’m excited and thankful to be in the beautiful new building and I am looking forward to getting to know all my students this year. On weekends I love listening to music and going for walks by the beach.

Natasha Connal Classroom Teacher MP6

My name is Tasha Connal. I was born in Auckland and have lived here all my life. I have five adult children, 2 boys and 3 girls. Something that was a very important time in my life was spending time supporting my children during their school years. It was because of this that I decided to train as a teacher.

My oldest son lives with his family in Taupo so I spend many holidays there enjoying a more relaxed pace and swimming in the lake. I love reading books and always have a stack by the side of my bed ready for me to tuck into. My absolute favourite food is watermelon. When I buy one for the household I also buy one for meJ

I look forward to working with our children this year and meeting all our whanau.