Head of Marsden Primary

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Joanna (Jo) Burns to the position of Head of Primary, commencing Term 3, 2022.

Outstanding Educator

Jo is an outstanding educator with over 20 years of experience in primary school education in a variety of contexts; both state and private education both in New Zealand and internationally. Jo and her family are currently relocating from China, where Jo has most recently been teaching at Hangzhou International School, prior to which she was a Team Leader and Lead Teacher of Inquiry Learning, Student Agency, at Havelock North Primary School.

Lifelong Learner

A lifelong learner, Jo is currently studying for a Master's in Educational Leadership and Administration at Massey University and is completing a certificate in Advanced Leadership with a focus on women in leadership. She has trained extensively in conceptual-based learning, inquiry instruction and differentiation.

I am looking forward to the future at Marsden, and how we will continue to empower our students to reach their full potential in an ever-changing world.

Passionate about Sport

Passionate about sport, Jo has played and coached netball and is involved in high-performance sport with New Zealand Artistic Swimming. Jo is an international Artistic Swimming judge, having judged at Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and World Championships.