Mrs. Helena Royden
Head of School and Teacher
Bachelor of Science
Graduate Diploma in Teaching
Montessori Leadership & Training
The founder of Golden Grove School, Helena brings over 20 years of experience in the education sector to her very active, hands-on teaching and Head of School role. She draws on her time both here in New Zealand and from her childhood in Canada, to create a rich environment for students.
A passionate believer in a holistic approach to children’s education, she integrates peace and individualised progress into every aspect of the school.
In her own words, Helena’s vision for Golden Grove School:
Our goal is to ensure that each child feels that they are unique and to help them reach their full potential; we believe that every person is extraordinary. Helping children reach their potential is the first step to our world reaching its potential, a potential we believe is extraordinary.
Mrs. Janett Singh
Honours Degree in Culture & Media
Graduate Diploma in Teaching
Janett is the teacher at Golden Grove School who leads the learning of children in years 1 to 4. Her approach is individualised learning for every student. She is able to work to each child’s strengths and interests, to teach across all areas of the curriculum.
Janett has trained both here in New Zealand and at home in her native country Germany. Her passion for teaching is clear in her approach to the learners and her dedication to excellence.
Janett has a strong love of music, dance and creative movement and regularly spends time passing these loves onto the children.
Mr Dave Mason
Bachelor of Commerce
Graduate Diploma Secondary School Teaching
Diploma Outdoor Recreation Leadership
Dave provides an extended curriculum to the whole school in physical education, outdoor activities, mathematics, technology and a range of applied activities.
Dave is a highly experienced outdoor education specialist. He has taught at the high school level for 15 years prior to beginning at Golden Grove School. Before that, Dave worked as an adventure guide, personal trainer, accountant, and recreation centre manager, among other things.
He loves sports, the great outdoors, woodwork projects, plays the ukulele and meditates regularly.
Ms. Nirvyaja Holley
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching
Nirvyaja is the school administrator. She has been with Golden Grove School since November 2015.
She is responsible for student enrolment and information as well as scheduling and organising the school events calendar.
With a holistic perspective on health and self-care, Nirvyaja enjoys meditating regularly, spending time with her family and fostering deep connections with others.
She comes from a teaching background and has a passion for creating a supportive and peaceful environment for staff, children and parents alike.
Ms. Shvastanee Ballantyne
Shvastanee is an experienced financial manager. She has been with Golden Grove school for many years now. In the past, she managed her own business for over 10 years and worked at BNZ bank. She now manages all financial matters related to the school.
Her hobbies include cooking and traveling; however she is an avid follower of national and international sporting events.