School History 

Saint Theresa’s School was opened 1st February 1931 by the Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop James Whyte. The school contained two rooms separated by a folding door, which meant that it could be used as the church on Sundays. Forty-three children began class on 4 February 1931, Sister Mary Petronill teaching Standards 1 to 4 and Sister Mary Rinaldo the infants.

Due to roll growth, extra classrooms were added in 1947 and 1961. In 1995 modern buildings replaced all of the original school. In 1998 another classroom was added to bring the total to 12 rooms. In 2005 the school became part of the review of Invercargill schools and was decapitated from being a year 1-8 school to a year 1-6 school. 
In 2011 a prefabricated room and extension space was added to bring the number of classroom to 13.

Saint Theresa’s has roll of approximately 300 students from New Entrants to Year 6.

Our Staff


Mr Julian Ineson

Office Manager 

Mrs Jessica Bennett

The school office is open from 8:30am until 3:00pm.
Contact via phone - (03) 2176502

Sports Coordinator

Mrs Amy Telfer  


Room 1

Mrs Heidi Johns  

New Entrants

Room 2

Mrs Jane Milne 

New Entrants 
Junior Syndicate Leader

Room 3

Mrs Karen Hartmann 

Year 1
Director of Religious Studies 

Room 4

Ms Megan Shaw

Year 1/2

Room 5

Mrs Rachael Devlin 

Year 2

Room 7

Mrs Anna-Marie Middlemiss 

Year 2/3

Room 8

Mrs Tina Hogan 

Year 3/4 
Deputy Principal 
Middle Syndicate Leader

Room 8

Mrs Gemma Lemon

Year 3/4 

Room 9

Miss Chelsea O'Connell

Year 4 

Room 10

Mrs Michelle Meredith

Year 4

Room 11

Mrs Nicki Radka 

Year 5/6
Deputy Principal 
Senior Syndicate Leader

Room 11

Mrs Donna Ursell

 Year 5/6

Room 12 

Miss Shantelle Marshall

Year 5/6

Room 13  

Mr Thomas McCabe

Year 5/6

School Chaplain 

Father Tony Harrison

Teacher Aides

Mrs Tracey Shirley
Mrs Mary Brown
Mrs Shelley Coutts
Mrs Jane Salesa
Mrs Jan Hooper


Mr Wayne Rayner

Reading Recovery Teacher

Mrs Danielle Smith 


Father Suu Nguyen

Cleaning Staff


Whānau Groups 

Children at St Theresa's are all part of a Whānau Group. One example of Whānau group activities is the Whānau Colours Day that we have at the beginning of the year. 

Each Whānau group is named after a Saint that is important to the character of the school. 

Further Information

Parent Teacher Association


Our purpose is to provide support for the school. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an integral part of the St Theresa’s School community. The PTA contributes towards social and fundraising activities within the school community.
The PTA supports the Principal and Board to ensure the best possible opportunities are available for the students within our school.

• Support for families, parish priest and staff

• Community events

• Support school / class masses and liturgies

• Fundraising for various projects and resources

• Support school extra curriculum activities

• School Disco


Any parent/caregiver of St Theresa’s School can be a member of this Association.

PTA Constitution

Meetings are advertised on the school calendar and within the school newsletter. All parents/caregivers are most welcome to attend.