Lyn Hough - Acting  Principal

Kia ora koutou katoa. 

I am excited to be taking up the role of Acting Principal at Holy Cross. My roots are in the South Island- Oamaru where I was born and more recently Nelson where we raised our now grown up  children, Sam and Lia. I am a Mormor (Grandmother) to Ellie and am very privileged to have Ellie and her family close at hand in Wellington so I get to enjoy watching her grow. 

Teaching has provided me with an incredibly fulfilling occupation for over 30 years. I have taught in a range of schools both here in New Zealand and also more recently in the UK where we returned from in October 2019. Having been a teaching Principal in a small Christian School near Motueka, I have a depth of skills and experience across many facets of school life. The empathy and desire I have to help all tamariki become the people God created them to be is a core motivation that I share with the team at Holy Cross. I am very blessed to be able to join a passionate team of people and am looking forward to building connections and relationships with the wider Holy Cross Community. 

To relax, switch off and re-energise I love discovering and re-visiting many of the beautiful pockets of bush Wellington has. I also love to bury myself in a good book, play board games, as well as enjoy coffee with family and friends. 

Classroom Teachers

Tala Moemai -  Assistant Principal / Acting Principal, Room 1 - Year 7/8 Teacher  

Talofa lava and Kia ora, My name is Tala Moemai and I am delighted to be part of the teaching staff at Holy Cross. As a previous student of the school, it is nice to come home and make a difference in the community I grew up in. I enjoy a range of activities like performing arts, sports, reading and learning new things. I am an advocate of keeping the mind and body active. As a kaiako (teacher) I feel it is important for tauira (students) to engage in a diverse range of experiences and I hope to offer this to our tamariki (children). I look forward to engaging with families and students whilst leaving my mark at this awesome school. 

Ethel Renata -  Room 2 - Year 6/7 Teacher

Ko Ethel Renata tōku ingoa. 

I am Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi descent.I love my whānau and cats Nala and Elsa. I am passionate about education and lifelong learning. Currently, I am in my fourth year of PhD study through Victoria University.

My other passions are spending time at the gym, supporting my children in their sports of netball and handball, and I am an avid Hurricanes fan.

Māori culture and te reo are also extremely important to me. Knowing my own culture helps me to appreciate and value other cultures.


Ben Gittos  Room 3  Year 4 Teacher

Eleanor Stefanidis -  Teacher Room 6 Year 3/4

I am born and bred in Wellington -  love Italy and speak a little bit of Italian. My passion is the sea, the marine environment and sailing. I have been a release teacher at Holy Cross for years (since Virginia was a first year teacher!) and have taught in most areas of the school. I love the community and the fact that I get to teach the kids as they progress through the school. I have known Celeste since I was a trainee teacher working in her classroom.

Sonya Talbot - Teacher Room 6 Year 3/4

Simone Meech Room 7 - Year 2/3 Teacher

Kia ora, I’m Simone. I come from Germany but have lived in New Zealand for 20 years.
My husband is from Wellington and my three kids were born here.
In my classroom I like to provide a hands-on environment, with real life experiences, that allow students to be curious, experiment and explore.
I am passionate about art, science and languages.
Outside of school I run a small German Language School, I love skiing, tramping and play piano.

Nik Solia  DRS Room 8 Year 5/6 Teacher

Tena koutou, Talofa lava!

Ko Nikolai Solia toku ingoa.

I am a year 5&6 school teacher here at Te Rotokura. I have been teaching for over 15 years and continue to love what I do. Although I enjoy teaching mathematics and literacy, I have a passion in health and physical education, science exploratory, and the Arts. I am blessed to be the Director of Religious Studies for the school where I aim to continue to build on our strong catholic/ christian faith at Te Rotokura modelling the Holy Cross WAY. When I’m not wearing my teaching hat, I like to get involved in physical activities and socialise with family and friends.  


Lucy Wooles -  Acting Deputy Principal  Room 11  NE / Year 1 Teacher  

My name is Lucy ("Miss Lucy Wooles" to some) and I teach in Room 11. I really enjoy working with juniors; they are all so full of energy and eager to learn new skills and information. Our classroom is an exciting place to be!  I look forward to sharing our learning with students, staff and whanau.

Virginia Blewman -  Room 12  Year 1 / 2 Teacher

Hello there. Our family has a long association with Holy Cross School. There has been a Blewman family member (including myself) here at the school, every year since 1959. My three sons were here from 1990 until 2004. I have been employed at Holy Cross since 1995, starting as the school librarian, then as a teacher aide, school secretary and finally a teacher! I love the children at Holy Cross and enjoy getting to know them, and especially like break times when I get a chance to talk with the older children.

Release Teachers

Brenda O'Hare - Reading Recovery / ESOL - Room 11 Maths

Hello, I am proud to have had a long association with Holy Cross School as my three sons (who are now adults), completed their primary schooling here. I work in the classroom and also as a Reading Recovery teacher. I find it very rewarding to work alongside a child in their learning journey and see it come to fruition, especially when they are learning to read. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, seeing great movies, travelling, walking and exercising at the gym.

Patsy Wooles - Release Teacher for Room 12

Kia ora and Talofa lava. I am very pleased to be doing a job share with Virginia Blewman on Fridays. I have had a long association with Holy Cross and I love the spirit of the school and openness of the kids. It is great to have three generations of the Wooles at this school - myself, Ms Lucy Wooles and Billie-Rose.

Support Staff

 Aleksandra Alagh Kitchen Co-ordinator for Garden to Table 

Tēnā koutou,

I have been running the Garden to Table programme since 2020 at Holy Cross Miramar School. It has been a privilege being part of this fun, generous, caring, positive community. I enjoy the welcoming, inclusive work environment and most of all I love creating yummy food with our tamariki.

I have three children and I am co-owner of Artrageouskids Ltd. I am passionate about the arts, reading, music, photography, gardening and learning new things. 

Maria Anstiss - Specialist Teacher

I work at Holy Cross as a specialist outreach teacher. I work with teachers, families and teacher aides to support the inclusion of children needing learning support. I enjoy the warm and welcoming culture at Holy Cross and have made some good friends here. I am studying through Massey at the moment and really enjoying it. When I'm not working or studying I love to run in the bush and hills with friends. I run at night with a headlight during winter too. I have two daughters with one who is still at home.

Olivia Boyd Garden To Table Co-ordinator

Tēnā koutou, I have been running the kitchen as part of the Garden to Table programme since mid 2017 and have recently transferred to the role as Garden Coordinator. I also support the GTT programme at other Wellington schools. The community at Holy Cross is generous and positive and I really enjoy being a part of it. My husband and I have three active daughters and together we enjoy sport, walking with our dogs, biking and gardening.

Pam Cambridge  Specialist Teacher SENCO

Kia ora koutou, My name is Pam and I am so grateful to be part of the wonderful Holy Cross community. I love getting to know all the children and support them on their learning journeys. Myself, my husband James and our two beautiful children are Miramar locals, we enjoy getting out and about in our local environment especially the beach. I’m originally from Nelson, where I began my career as a secondary school Geography Teacher. I am passionate about education and working together to support children to be the best they can be. I look forward to meeting you. 

Kate Caseley - Teacher and Learning Assistant

Kia ora koutou. I joined the wonderful staffing team last year but my whanau have been apart of the Holy Cross School community since our eldest son started school here in 2013. We now have two, soon to be three tamariki attending Holy Cross. In my spare time I love exploring different bush walks with my whanau and kuri(dog). I feel extremely lucky to be working in a school that is so passionate about learning and always encouraging our tamariki to be the best version of themselves. 

Suzanne Dawe - Finance Officer

Hello, I work in the school office on Wednesday and Friday taking care of the school finances I love what I do and always come to school with a skip in my step. I love the rich cultural diversity of the school community and the variety in my role here in the office.

My interactions with the wonderful families, students and staff make my job a very rewarding one. 

Karin Graham - Teacher and Learning Assistant

Kia ora I am Karin Graham and some of you may recognise me from around Miramar. I have been associated with Holy Cross since 2003 as an active parent and hung around a lot longer and they finally employed me. I am a born and bred Wellingtonian. I have three beautiful children and wonderful husband John (who also happens to be the plumber here) who have instilled in me the importance and the passion for education. I love working with the children here and the staff are fantastic.

Vicky Holben - Teacher and Learning Assistant

Kia ora. I am Vicky Holben and I enjoy being a part of the Holy Cross community. I am passionate about supporting children with special needs. I am really excited when I can make connections with children through singing and playing the ukulele. 

Kathleen O'Connor - Teacher and Learning Assistant

I have been at Holy Cross for several years in the role of English Language Assistant. I feel extremely lucky to be part of school that is so passionate about children's learning.  I can remember the warmth and respect of the school when I came for my interview.  I am proud to be part of the Holy Cross school team. 

Deb Paget - School Office Support

Malisha Patel - Teacher and Learning Assistant

Hello, my name is Malisha and I have recently joined the amazing team at Holy Cross.  My family and I immigrated from the UK 23 years ago and we became part of the Holy Cross community when my siblings went to school here.  I love learning more about the students that I work with and discovering how to help them along their individual learning journeys. Outside of school, I love reading, travelling, and spending time with my family and friends.  I look forward to getting to know you all.

Ameera Yokhanna - Bilingual Tutor

مرحبا، انا اسمي اميرة يوخنا، انا اشورية من العراق. اقيم في نيوزيلندا منذ ستة سنوات و اعمل في مدرسة هولي كروس منذ اربع سنوات كمساعد معلم. يسرني ان اكون كادر من كوادر هذه المدرسة او بالاحرى جزء من هذه العائلة الكبيرة التي فتحت لي بابها و ضمتني بين ذراعيها و اشعرتني باني فرد منها.

  احب مدينة ولنكتون كما احب مدينتي نوهدرا. ساحل سيتون هو ملاذي عندما يتوق بي الحنين الى اهلي، تلك الافق الواسع الذي تأخذني الى عالم اخر اجد فيه ذكرياتي الجميلة و التي تمنحني الهدوء و الراحة النفسية رغم عنفوان  البحر حين يثور.

Hi - My name is Ameera Yokhanna. I am Assyrian from Iraq, I have been in New Zealand for six years and I have worked at Holy Cross School for the last four years as a Teacher Aide. I am glad to be a member of this school, in fact part of this big family, which opened its door and held me between its arms, making me feel as a part of school staff. 

I like Wellington as with my city Nohadra. Seatoun Beach is my sanctuary when I am always eager to be with my family, with the wide horizon that takes me to another world where I find beautiful memories which give me the peace and comfort even when the sea is rough.

Leanne Chote - Office Manager