Robyne has had an extensive career in primary education in the Otago-Southland region, with
over 35 years experience in the sector. Before retiring in 2008, she held the position of Principal at Port Chalmers School for 15 years; she was a visiting lecturer in English, Technology and Art Education at the Dunedin College of Education and taught at George Street Normal School as a senior teacher, model classes.
Robyne has held senior roles in both Literacy and Principals Associations, and has been awarded a number of scholarships to further her work in these areas.
Robyne also has a particular interest in e-learning and acted as the director for the ICTPD cluster, Te Tai O Rapuwai.
- Literacy education
- New Zealand curriculum
- Library and E-learning
- Art Education
- Principal leadership and mentoring
- Otago Primary Principals Executive (retired)
- NZEI Principals’ Council (retired)
- Leadership roles in NZ Reading Association (local and national)
- Convenor 2009 National NZ Reading Association conference
- National Executive of Heritage Roses NZ Society
- New Zealand Reading Association Conferences
- Learning@Schools Rotorua 2008
- OPPA Travelling Scholarship
- NZRA Study and Travel Award
- Otago University Visiting Fellow
- Ministry of Education study award
- 2009 Masters Thesis: Quality Writing
I am passionate about providing the best teaching and learning environment possible for our students; the best role modelling and mentoring possible for our teachers and school leaders, and the provision of high quality professional development for the education sector.
I am very supportive of the 2010 NZ Curriculum and the direction it has set for the future. I have worked as a sector leader in the NZC implementation period for Otago schools (2007-2010) and as an adviser to schools in NZC. My special passion is literacy education; my thesis was on student writing.