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Contact-new.svg Brenda Lilley
Teaching in the Islands!
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I am Brenda Morrison. I work 3 days a week as a teacher at the best little school ever, Warrington School - just out of Dunedin in Otago, NZ. I live in Dunedin and travel out the 20minutes to Warrington and it is worth every minute.  I can still have my breathe taken away as I come over the hill and see the Pacific Ocean and my workplace, Warrington - an incredible view. Going to work is a pleasure as we have the greatest kids, collarborative staff and supportive community.

Professional Background

I began teaching in 1989 in Dunedin. After 4 years fulltime teaching at the Year 4 level I had a year off when I had my first child, and then returned to full time teaching. After my second child I began teaching Maths and Science part time to Year 8 children in a South Canterbury area school. After my third child I began relief teaching from New Entrants up to the Year 8 level at schools around Dunedin for varying lengths of time. I then began part-time teaching at NEV Normal School. I also began teaching ESOL to children enrolled at this school. I then took my teaching and ESOL skills to teach at Niue High School, Niue (a South Pacific Island) Niue at the Year 8 level for one year. On returning my teaching position at Warrington School started ( Year 3 - Year 8 )and I hope to remain here for a while yet!


My qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education and Pscyhology from Canterbury Universtity -graduated in 1980.
  • Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from Dunedin College of Education - graduated in 1988
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - 2003

My Interests

My children are my main interest, and I spend a lot of time being involved with their sports and activities. I enjoy my garden, especially in fine weather. I love reading, and will find any excuse to down tools and relax with a book. I enjoy being creative with wool. I enjoy walking and biking - and hope to get out cycle touring again soon.


Areas I find the most professionally interesting are as follows. These are the skills and strategies I find especially important for the students to achieve:

  1. Reading
    • becoming competent at comprehending text - being able to inference and gain information from differing levels within the text
    • being able to find the information you require from text (from books or computers)
  2. Writing
    • using descriptive words, phrases and techniques to create word pictures, feelings and moods
    • to be able to put down information in a way that others will enjoy reading
  3. Speaking
    • to become confident in standing and speaking in front of others
    • to be confident at discussing and being able to give an opinion
    • to be a respectful listener
  1. Numeracy
    • being actively involved in the Numeracy Project
    • finding maths activities enjoyable
    • to become skilled and fast at basic facts and being able to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems without having to use pen and paper
  2. being able to using problem solving strategies and skills in everyday tasks
  • To observe the world around them with awe and wonder and want to share their findings, questions, and experiements with their classmates and teachers.
  • To ask questions and look for answers


I have three children, a dog, a cat and a house to enjoy and look after.


My Projects

My Sandbox

My Projects To find out more about Warrington School go to Warrington School
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