August 21, 2023

21 August 2023

Janette Melrose


Janette was born and bred in Wainuiomata, attending local schools including Parkway College from 1974-1978, achieving University Bursary. Following secondary school she received her Diploma of Physical Education at Otago University in 1981, followed by her Bachelor Education at Newcastle University in 1984.


She started her teaching career at Wainuiomata College in 1985, teaching Physical Education, before spending a year at Wairarapa College from 1990-1991.  In 1992 she returned to Wainuiomata College, where she remained as Physical Education teacher, before taking on a Deaning role and Head of Department Science.


In 2001 when Parkway College and Wainuiomata College merged, Janette was appointed School Development and Extension Coordinator and Year 9 Dean at Wainuiomata High School.  In 2002, Janette spent 6 months as a supply teacher in Basingstoke, England, before returning to New Zealand, and to Wainuiomata High School, as Deputy Principal in 2003.


Janette completed her Master of Education at Wellington University in 2007, and in 2019 she was appointed Principal of Wainuiomata High School.


For many years Janette competed at national level in athletics, cross country and road running.  As a former top ranked athlete she brought the same determination and commitment to her teaching career.  She continued to run or walk daily to maintain fitness, and swim and cycle when she could, and participated in Iron Women Half-Marathons and Triathlons.


Janette was a firm, fair, well-organised, energetic classroom teacher and senior management team member.  She personally strove for excellence and expected students and staff to do the same.  Being positive, focused and honest was very important to her – she had an eye for detail and was capable of seeing the big picture.  Janette believed that if you expect the best you generally get the best.


After nearly 40years in education, Janette’s contribution to teaching and learning in Wainuiomata is without equal.  Her commitment to our students, staff, whanau and community over the years has been exceptional and we have been truly blessed to call her our Tumuaki, teacher, colleague and friend.