Tracey's enormous heart discerns the world through the needs of those around her, and her greatest joy is to help every beautiful person feel valued, cared for, and understood.
As a successful midwife of many years, she bonded with mums and babies and saw their struggles when it came time to look for childcare and go back to work. She is famous for saying "we are modern mums with stone age babies", and always wished there was a way to match the realities of working parents with a kinder and more nurturing solution.
She had visions of orchards and gardens, natural toys and furniture, good old-fashioned values, and home-grown, home-cooked meals.
She dreamed of teachers that were passionate learners, advocates for children, partners with parents, and brought their best selves to work every day.
She wanted city children to be able to run through grass and trees, fall in love with animals, and learn about the natural world around them.
Old MacDonald's is Tracey and husband Johnny's labour of love for all parents and children. She is celebrating our opening with extra-long bubble baths and lots of family snuggle time.
Human Resource and Office Manager
Daynah has been deeply invested in Old Macdonalds since well before it’s conception, when it was just a far fetched dream…She is one of the true foundations of the Old Macdonald’s family.
Daynah, the go to girl, the first point of contact and the creator of the foundations for the relationships built at Old Macdonalds between the staff, parents and the children. Daynah is an advocate for hard work and dedication and a believer in living life to the fullest and never doubting your capabilities - two attributes that are projected on to staff and children invariably.
Daynah is soon to finish a bachelor of Human Resource Management and has attended copious amounts of early childhood education professional development seminars. Upon conversations with Daynah it is clear to see that she is an effortless communicator that promotes motivation and warmth within her interactions with whom ever she meets.
Daynah’s passions lay within travelling and exercise, so if she is absent from work you’ll catch her either overseas or at the gym.
Daynah has helped to weave together a family within the Old Macdonalds community, with children and parents past and present, a family that is strengthened with love and support and is inclusive of all.
Shelley is your eyes and ears on the ground when you are not around. She knows all, sees all, and takes care of all the ins-and-outs that help you out. Say hello and keep her on speed-dial—you'll be sorted before you can say "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
A super-doer and admin all-rounder, Shelley's also super-mum of Stella , Jake and Tamsyn , and super-wife to Joe. She grew up on a farm helping her Dad feed out, so is super-qualified to keep Old MacDonald's running ship-shape.
The things kids say bring a smile to her day, and she loves to watch them learn about real life through both fun and boundaries.
Caring, efficient and down-to-earth, Shelley's inner party-animal is King Julian from Madagascar. She loves to let loose with water sports, snowboarding, mountain biking, and fun in the sun with family and friends.
What's that scrumptious aroma? Just today's lunch, picked fresh from the garden and served up with a big warm smile! Alva is the fairy godmother behind our delicious, nutritious daily meals and the green thumb that tends our abundant vege patch. Her feel-good, upbeat flavour fuels the heart of our centre with wholesome, homegrown meals that give peace of mind to parents and encourage great eating habits for life.
Good humour and experimentation are her secret magic ingredients for getting good food down, and 16 years of homemaking and cooking for her own family of six has given her a wealth of experience to draw on.
Children love experimenting in the kitchen too, and Alva's little helpers often assist her with counting, colours, and kitchen safety.
Away from the kitchen Alva and husband Steven are kept extremely busy with children Harrison, Finn, Summer and Parker, with weekends spent touring the country's finest beaches to support Harrison's New Zealand Beach Volleyball team.
Ready to Enrol? Email us on oldmacsbushandfarmschool.co.nz