Our teachers and staff

Lisa  Stratford

 Room 1 Teacher

Paul Forster

Room 2 Teacher

For the past 20 years I have been teaching primary school children and I love sharing my interests with my students and inspiring them to greatness! Over the past decade I have developed a number of initiatives to extend the students in my class and I am especially proud of developing a programme called Glossary that the children are really excited about.

Apart from teaching, I am passionate about running and cycling.  I have been running competitively for the past 4 decades and am extremely proud to have represented New Zealand at a number of world championship events.  

My other passions include singing and songwriting.  I simply love watching learning come alive with music!  

Nick Small

Room 4 Teacher

I have taught in primary schools for 20 years, mainly in Catholic schools in Wellington. The majority of my teaching experience has been at the year 5 to 8 level. I have also taught years 3 and 4.


I am passionate about teaching children and helping them to achieve their potential in all areas of their learning and school life. One of my aims is to use lots of different learning strategies and resources in my classroom programme to ensure every child I teach has success. It is also great to teach in a supportive Catholic community where we work together with children and parents to develop our Mercy values.

In my spare time I enjoy listening to music and follow the fortunes of Arsenal FC, the Wellington Phoenix (who I write a weekly blog about) and the mighty Canterbury Crusaders. I was born in Ashburton and still consider it my 'Spiritual' home. I also enjoy spending family time with my wife and wonderful daughter.


Office Manager

I have been lucky enough to be a part of this school community for the past 14 years, firstly as a parent and currently as the Office Manager.

My role is a busy and varied one, but I get the most enjoyment out of helping and getting to know all the children (and their families) as they begin their school journey with us, and then all the way through until they finish it as mature, knowledgeable and confident teenagers ready for college.

Lisa Small


I I have worked in schools for 23 years, 10 of those teaching in England where I was born, 12 teaching in New Zealand and now I begin my journey as principal. I have very high expectations of academic achievement but more importantly that children are supportive of their friends and try their best. I consider it important that our Mercy Values are central to all we do. I pride myself on the positive relationships I build with our parents as we work together to build confident, kind children on their ‘pathway to the world’. 

I am married to Nick who is also a teacher and I have a gorgeous daughter whose inquiring mind keeps me on my toes.



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Wellington 6021,
New Zealand


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