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Our Team at St Matthew's School, Marton

Helping Students Grow into Warrior Learners

Our Team: Faculty & Staff

Heather Lindfield,

Senior Class Teacher

Hi I would like to introduce myself.


I am Heather and the proud mum of three precious adult children. I am also a huge animal lover and share my home with two dogs, two rabbits and a gorgeous fluffy cat. 


I live in Whanganui and have been in this part of New Zealand for two years, after moving from Auckland at the end of 2018. 


I originate from Merseyside in the UK and have been in New Zealand for twenty years.


I have sixteen years of teaching under my belt and also a background in student counselling and nursing.  I love to be creative and enjoy teaching writing and art. I am looking forward to working alongside your children and watching them blossom.  





Anne Sanson,

Junior Class Teacher

Hello. My name is Anne Sanson. 

I was born in Waitara, Taranaki and came to the Manawatu in 1990 to train as a teacher.

In 1995 I married Colin Sanson, who worked at that time at PEC here in Marton. In 2012 Colin passed away.

I have two children; Evangeline (known as Evie) who is 19 and a Massey University student. Michael is 16 and is in Year 12 at Feilding High school. 

I live in Fielding with my second husband Lyndon Ingram and his son Christopher who is 17 years old and in Year 13 at Feilding High School.

While I initially trained as a Primary school teacher, I re-trained as an Early Childhood Educator when my children were pre-schoolers. I have worked in two private Early Childhood centres. I have taught at a variety of schools in Feilding and Palmerston North. Most recently I have been New Entrant Teacher and then Year 3 teacher at 

St Joseph’s School in Feilding.

I have been an active member of Feilding Baptist Church for the last 23 years. This year I am teaching Sunday school at Feilding Baptist. 

I am also an active member of the Feilding 

St Vincent de Paul Society. I like gardening, knitting and reading. I especially like creating art works with wool in many different ways.

I am looking forward to working with all the children and families at St Matthews school.


Lynette Down,

School Administrator

My name is Lynette Down. I have worked at St Matthew’s Catholic School for 25 years and I have been sewing the girls school dresses/culottes for 30 years. 

Roles: ORS and ELA Teacher Aide, Librarian (including Lucky Book Club and Duffy Books), Office Administrator, Staff Trustee and Support Staff NZEI rep, Breakfast Club and KidsCan Coordinator.

Professional Learning: Teacher Aide Certificate (Massey University), Special Needs, Supporting Pasifika Bilingualism, Library iCloud and Walk By Faith (Catholic Diocese).

I believe I have a good relationship with all the children and their parents within the school and parish community.

Working at St Matthew’s is such a pleasure, and I hope to be there for many years to come.

Tumua Pala'aia, Principal/DRS


Tālofa lava

Kia ora koutou

I am a first-generation NZ-born Samoan, raised in the heart of South Auckland. 

I am the Pasifika Catholic Principal and Director of Religious Studies of our spiritually fruitful, welcoming and blessed St Matthew’s School, Marton.

We are enriched by our faith in God, the cultures within our school and parish community, the Palmerston North Diocese, South Rangitikei Kahui Ako, MoE and all the wonderful people who are connected to our school.

Make your hopes and dreams a reality.

The Best Is Yet To Come.”

Fa'amanuia le Atua.

Our Board of Trustees

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