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Shona Oliver
Position: Principal
Phone: (06) 359 3337

Kia ora Koutou. I have the privilege of being the Principal of our busy and complex school in the heart of Palmerston North. I have been a principal of three other schools before my appointment at Central Normal School, Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea.. I have a special historical connection with our school as both my parents attended Central Normal and I was Deputy Principal here in the late1980s.

Educational Leadership is an absolute passion of mine. Leading and supporting learning is a core role for me. I am so proud of our tamariki and the effort and enthusiasm they put into their learning.

In the wider educational setting, I am involved in helping to develop our new and future principals and school leaders. In my spare time I love reading, spending time with family and friends, and travelling… especially to Australia and Chicago to visit our five gorgeous granddaughters and their wonderful parents.

I am very proud of our school and invite you to visit and spend some time with us.

Jan Thomas
Position: Deputy Principal
Phone: 06 359 3337

Kia Ora I am Jan Thomas, the Deputy Principal of our fantastic Central Normal School. I joined the team at Central at the beginning of 2010 and love my role in the school.I have an absolute passion for quality education and that is what drew me to Central Normal School. Although I do not now have a classroom of my own, I really enjoy improving student outcomes by providing leadership and professional development to teachers. I feel very fortunate to work with the amazing teachers at our school. 

I have two grown up children, one of whom lives in Melbourne, while the other lives near Foxton.My personal interests Include motorbike riding (strictly pillion passenger), fishing and reading.

Greg Allan
Position: Assistant Principal
Phone: (06) 359 3337
I have a passion for being amongst all our tamariki and creating quality learning environments along with learning alongside them. I am constantly reflecting on what our students need in their education. I love being outside learning in our local environment and absolutely have a passion for sports.With aspirations to still make the All Blacks I continue to play rugby and wait in anticipation for Steven Hansen’s call. In my spare time I love being out on the water with my family, going fishing or participating in water sports, along with camping or going on outdoor adventures or anything to do with sport.

Kerry Howard
Position: Assistant Principal
Phone: (06) 359 3337

Hi, my name is Kerry Howard and I am one of the 2 Assistant Principals at CNS, as well as SENCO, ORS Manager and ORS teacher. I have the responsibility for organising special education at our fantastic school. This is an exciting job as I get to work in different classrooms across the school, with some of our students who have high needs and very high needs in special education and also be a member of our school’s senior management team. I lead a wonderful and very hard working team currently consisting of five special education teachers and more than 20 Teacher Aides. I have been working at CNS for many many years and I love being part of this exciting and very diverse school.


Emma MacDonald

Position: Secretary Board of Trustees & Office Manager
Phone: 06 359 3337

Angela Burton-Brown

Position: Office Manager

Phone: 06359 3337


Blair Petersen
Position: Chair - Board of Trustees
Phone: 06 359 3337
Karen PhillipsKaren Phillips
Position: P.T.A Chairperson
Phone: 06 359 3337

Hi. I'm Karen Phillips. I am the chairperson of our wonderful PTA. During the year we raise funds to support teaching and learning across the school. For example we have helped fund Digital Cameras, Playground equipment, Sports uniforms, Educational DVDs and School trips to a range of destinations.

We are a wonderful small group of supportive parents and teachers who meet monthly. Keep an eye out for our meeting times in the school newsletter and on the website. We would love you to join us.

To learn more about our teachers please visit our Teaching Teams section:


Team Wharite

New entrants – Yr 2


Team Matanginui

Year 4, 5 & 6


Team Maharahara

Year 2, 3 & 4


Team Te Arawaru

Bilingual NE - Year 6


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