Sheryl Meijer (Davis)

1964 to 1967

Sheryl gained School Certificate (1966), University Entrance/Higher School Certificate (1967) and completed a Chamber of Commerce Exam in Bookkeeping (1967).

She was a keen sportswoman and represented the school in many different codes.  She swam in the school team and was a discus thrower at Thames Valley and Waikato Secondary School events.  Sheryl was also a netballer and in the A softball team.  She also had interests in the school photography club and was always on hand as backstage crew in the school productions, as well as being a handy library monitor.

Sheryl gained a Trained Teacher’s Certificate in 1971.  She has taught in Early Childhood, Special School, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions for over thirty years, and continues to do so. Her teaching career started in Takapau; moved to Christchurch; then to Auckland/Northland.

In 1988 Sheryl became a qualified coach for New Zealand Athletics and Special Olympics swimming.  The following year Sheryl completed an Exercise Science Certificate. Sheryl was involved with Auckland Children’s Athletics for fourteen years, serving on the Owairaka Club Committee, Zone Committee and central Auckland body, assisting in meeting management and taking teams to Australia. She has also assisted Auckland Special Olympics teams at National Championships.

In 1991 Sheryl completed an Early Childhood Education Certificate, in 1995 graduated with a Bachelor of Education and by 2000 she had completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration.  She has worked at Massey University Campus at Albany as an Administration Officer when the University was being built, and has enjoyed completing several house renovations.  Crochet is a relaxation for Sheryl, and she cleverly makes her own designs.

Sheryl can now enjoy teaching as a relief teacher; she helps with her husband’s business interests and has taken up furniture making!

Travelling over 50,000 km around and through outback Australia has been a fulfilling experience as have trips to Canada, Alaska, USA, Hawaii, through Asia (Thailand, Bintan, Singapore, Malaysia), throughout Europe from France to Russia, Sweden to Italy.  Now Sheryl and her husband regularly travel through New Zealand and other overseas countries.

The photograph is Sheryl and her husband on a cycle down the Halekala volcano in Maui, Hawaii in July 2013.