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ANDREW COWIE
Deputy Principal
ANDREW COWIE
Deputy Principal

acowie@upperharbour.school.nz
Hi everyone, my name is Andrew Cowie and I am one of UHPS’s Deputy Principals. I have fifteen years of teaching experience in primary, middle, secondary, and adult education. I’ve also worked in a variety of learning environments including, CORE Education, the National Library of New Zealand - Services to Schools, the New Zealand Peace Foundation and currently as board member for Netsafe. In a variety of leadership roles, I have collaborated with school leaders to develop programmes around e-Learning, modern learning practice, restorative justice, digital literacy and digital citizenship. I also regularly work with parents and members of the broader community on managing behaviour and technology in the home. I am also a parent to two teenage sons.

SUE SMITH
Principal
SUE SMITH
Principal

ssmith@upperharbour.school.nz

Kia ora koutou katoa, hello everyone.

As principal of Upper Harbour Primary, it is my privilege to work alongside all the other staff featured on these pages. It is also my pleasure to partner with families, whanau and the wider community as we strive to provide the very best that a New Zealand education has to offer. I love the diversity of our school and the way all come together to enjoy the richness of the New Zealand Curriculum and the opportunities to develop the skills to be future-focused learners, problem solvers and entrepreneurs.

I’m married to a lovely guy named Roy, who is an excellent scone maker, and for the last 29 years we have lived up on the Hibiscus Coast. We recently celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary and the arrival of a wee granddaughter, Charlotte, on the same day.

Other than family, my spare time passion is photography. I belong to a couple of photography clubs and enjoy the challenge of learning new skills and presenting images for critique. Roy and I are avid DIYers and we also do some woodturning - my main products are writing pens.

I’m always keen to get to know new people so, if we haven’t already met, please feel free to pop in and say hello.

 

JULIA MAY
Deputy Principal
JULIA MAY
Deputy Principal

jmay@upperharbour.school.nz Hi Everyone, my name is Julia May and I am the newest of the two Deputy Principals at Upper Harbour Primary School. After spending 9 years at my previous school, I’m looking forward to getting to know and working with all the children and their families at Upper Harbour.  My previous roles have included team leader, English curriculum leader, Staff trustee on the BOT and a term as Acting Deputy Principal. I was also involved in the community with the many varied events and sports teams. Prior to teaching, I worked in the corporate world and also spent several years volunteering with Plunket and kindergarten. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, all forms of the performing arts, travelling, reading and exercising.  I also have two teenage children, Josh and Gemma who keep me very busy.  

SANDRA WAGG
PA
SANDRA WAGG
PA

office@upperharbour.school.nz
Hi What an exciting journey I have been on for the last 10 years being part of a great UHPS team and community of friends and families. I have loved being part of this extended family of students and parents that have come through the office over the years and have loved watching the students grow up and take on new challenges as they move on. My interests outside of my working week are enjoying time playing hockey in the winter (social), spending time at our bach on Waiheke (when I can get there) and spending fun time with my family and friends and our german shepherd dog who is a great mate to have around. I have lived in Greenhithe for 19 years with my husband and two children who are now 23 and 21 and am not ready to move on yet!

VICKY GLEDHILL-HARRIS
Office Administrator
VICKY GLEDHILL-HARRIS
Office Administrator

office@upperharbour.school.nz

Hi my name is Vicky and I work as an administrator in our school office. I have been working here for the last 9 years, initially just a few hours a week, my roll has grown with the school and you will now find me in the office all week.

Last year I became a proud New Zealander, I was born and grew up in England where I met and married a kiwi. We settled in NZ after travelling the world. Sean and I have two children Adam and Leah who are both at college, they attended Upper Harbour and both have very fond memories of the school.

I enjoy travelling, time with my family and being creative in arts and crafts. I really like bringing my creativity to work and using it to improve our website, newsletters and posters.

Working here is a real pleasure and seeing the children learning and growing is a lovely bonus to my job.

STEPHANIE BROWNING
Office Administrator
STEPHANIE BROWNING
Office Administrator

MARK BENBOW
Property Manager
MARK BENBOW
Property Manager

mbenbow@upperharbour.school.nz

Hi

I have been working at Upper Harbour primary for the past eight years and I must say it's been one of the best jobs I've had, the staff are a great bunch of people to work with.

Originally from the UK, Greenhithe has been my home for the last thirteen years, with my wife Sarah and my two sons. My hobbies include gardening, movies, and travel.

PAULA WEBSTER
Librarian
PAULA WEBSTER
Librarian

office@upperharbour.school.nz
I have been working part time at UHPS for approximately 7 years with my first 6 years working as the sports coordinator assistant and school librarian. This position changed this year allowing me to concentrate solely on the school library and teacher resources which I thoroughly enjoy. I was born and raised in Christchurch where I met my scottish husband Andrew and we moved to Auckland 9 years ago. We have two children, Emma (16) and Adam (13) and our white fluffy cat Rocky! Both of my children were pupils at UHPS with my eldest now at ASHS and the youngest at AJHS. Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, keeping fit and travelling overseas on family holidays. As the school librarian I like to create a warm colourful inviting space which provides a range of learning opportunities for our UHPS Students with over 8,000 amazing titles and resources to choose from. Please feel free to come and visit our wonderful library.

EMMA THOMPSON
Teacher Room 3, Team Leader Rooms 1-4
EMMA THOMPSON
Teacher Room 3, Team Leader Rooms 1-4

ethompson@upperharbour.school.nz
My name is Mrs Thompson (Mrs T for short) and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a little bit about myself. I live in Stanmore Bay with my husband Dave and our son Calin who is a student at UHPS. I am an experienced teacher who loves teaching in the senior area of the school previously having taught Year 5 - 8 students at Gulf Harbour School before joining the staff here at UHPS in 2015. I love teaching at this level as I am constantly surprised and challenged. I enjoy working alongside students to explore, discover and learn. I am passionate about teaching, as I believe that it is important to help each child realise their potential. I'm so excited to be working in Room 3 again, with the whole team and of course with my wonderful class of year 5/6 students. I look forward to working in partnership with you throughout the coming year and I am confident that together we can provide the support and encouragement needed to help your child excel.

SALLY BAIK
Teacher Room 4
SALLY BAIK
Teacher Room 4

sbaik@upperharbour.school.nz
Hi, there! My name is Miss Baik and I am thrilled to be teaching in Room 4 this year with the most fantastic group of students. Born in Korea and raised in New Zealand from a young age, I identify myself as a “Kowi” just like many of our Upper Harbour children! After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Teaching, I used to teach overseas before coming back to New Zealand to gain a higher degree in Graduate Diploma. I’m a believer in working hard, teamwork, not giving up, and having a positive mindset! Apart from my great interests in mathematics and technology, I love to travel, shop, eat, and spend time with my friends and family. Feel free to pop into our learning environment in Room 4. We would love to share our learning with you.

NATASHA PETERSON
Teacher Room 5
NATASHA PETERSON
Teacher Room 5

npeterson@upperharbour.school.nz
My name is Mrs Peterson (Mrs P for short).  This is my second year at Upper Harbour Primary School and am excited to be working here alongside amazing staff and students.  I enjoy the beach, paddle boarding, bellydancing and going for bush/beach walks.  My 5 year daughter keeps me busy and entertained and is my little treasure.  I have a dog and two cats and my husband is also a teacher at Kings School.

RUTH MILLETT
Teacher Room 6, Team Leader Rooms 5-7, 21 & 23
RUTH MILLETT
Teacher Room 6, Team Leader Rooms 5-7, 21 & 23

rmillett@upperharbour.school.nz
Nihao, Upper Harbour community. My name is Ruth Millett and I'm really excited to be working with another fabulous group of Year 5 and 6 learners in Room 6. I have been teaching for 22 years and have loved seeing learners develop and grow over that time. My particular passions are for Reading, Thinking, Art and Music and I enjoy sharing my expertise with the learners at Upper Harbour. At home I love reading, playing the piano and spending time with my family. I live with my husband Peter who is a children’s book writer who writes really funny stories, and my two children, Geoffrey and Georgia. Please feel free to visit Room 6 and check out our learning space!

JANE SUNG
Teacher Room 7
JANE SUNG
Teacher Room 7

jsung@upperharbour.school.nz
Kia Ora and an-nyeong-ha-say-yo. My name is Miss Sung and I feel blessed to be in Room 7 this year with a lovely bunch of students. I am in my third year of teaching and I am excited to have begun my teaching journey at Upper Harbour Primary School. I was born in Korea but raised in Auckland, and studied medicine in Melbourne for 4 years before starting my teaching degree. I am able to speak Korean fluently and some basic Chinese and Japanese. I am currently living in Albany with my family and a black toy-poodle called Coco. I love to read, draw, and write in my spare time and I also enjoy playing tennis regularly. I look forward to spending the year with the community and making a great progress with your children. Please feel free to come in and say hello - I would love to get to know you.

KIRI PURDIE
Teacher Room 9
KIRI PURDIE
Teacher Room 9

kpurdie@upperharbour.school.nz
Kia Ora, Bonjour! My name is Kiri Purdie. I am pleased to be the teacher of Room 9 at UHPS. I am a creative, experienced teacher that has been teaching for over 20 years. I have particular strengths in Performing Arts and I am a qualified dance teacher. I enjoy all aspects of the curriculum, but I especially enjoy creative writing, reading and social science. I sing in a band, play piano and enjoy kayaking with my family. I am a Jump Jam Aerobics coach and Dance Team Trainer. On quiet evenings I enjoy reading a good novel or listening to jazz music. I am looking forward to working with an exciting, sporty team the “Wild Minds”!

LAURIE CADAG
Teacher Room 10, Team Leader Rooms 9-12
LAURIE CADAG
Teacher Room 10, Team Leader Rooms 9-12

lcadag@upperharbour.school.nz
Hi everyone, I joined Upper Harbour Primary School as a 5th year teacher ​in 2009. It has been the most amazing journey and I feel blessed to be surrounded by the most positive and supportive community. My husband Tom and I have two beautiful girls, Alicia in Year 3 at UHPS and Alaina who is 2 years old. We live locally in the Bays and have always enjoyed spending time down at the park. Originally from Taiwan, North Shore has been my home for the last 25 years and I love the shore! I look forward to an exciting year of learning in Room 10!  

SHARALYN DU PLESSIS
Teacher Room 11
SHARALYN DU PLESSIS
Teacher Room 11

sduplessis@upperharbour.school.nz

Kia Ora!  I am very excited to be the New Entrants Teacher in Rm 11 and a newbie to the school as well as to New Zealand. I am very fortunate to be in such a warm, positive and friendly environment.  I am originally from South Africa and have been teaching for almost 20 years. I live on the North Shore with my husband and 13-year-old son. We are a very outdoor family and have loved every minute exploring this beautiful country.

I am very passionate about teaching and absolutely love the New Entrants age.  They have so much to offer and they challenge everything you think and continuously seek to learn.  My classroom is a very inviting, open space so feel free to pop in and say hello.

DIANE MCLAY
Teacher Room 12
DIANE MCLAY
Teacher Room 12

dmclay@upperharbour.school.nz
Originally from Southland, I have always loved children and I'm passionate about teaching and learning. I've taught for many years and during one part of my career I trained and specialised in teaching hearing impaired children of all ages. I love reading, movies, outings with family and friends and being involved in my church.  I enjoy walking, kayaking and recently I have returned to cycling and snow skiing.

EMMA VAN HOFFEN
Teacher Room 14
EMMA VAN HOFFEN
Teacher Room 14

evanhoffen@upperharbour.school.nz
My name is Emma van Hoffen. This is my third year at UHPS, having graduated from The University of Auckland. I believe wholeheartedly that the best learning occurs through positive relationships and a happy classroom environment. I envision school as a place where students can come to feel safe and accepted, as well as a place where they can achieve highly. I value empathy and kindness and try to model this behaviour to my class. I love seeing my students grow in knowledge and in character. Pop into Room 14 sometime and have a look at our awesome learning!

CASEY HEYNS
Teacher Room 15, Team Leader Rooms 13-16
CASEY HEYNS
Teacher Room 15, Team Leader Rooms 13-16

cheyns@upperharbour.school.nz
Hi, my name is Casey Heyns and I feel very privileged to be part of the Upper Harbour family. I have 20 years experience in teaching. I enjoy all areas of the curriculum, but have a passion for mathematics, visual arts and the ‘Habits of Mind’. We plan to have lots of fun in Room 15 as we engage our minds, take risks, develop our growth mindset, make mistakes, think, learn and explore together… it’s going to be a busy year! Originally from South Africa, I moved to New Zealand in 2002. I live in Torbay with my husband, Shane and our two girls, Charlotte and Elizabeth,  In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the beach and socialising with friends and extended family. I encourage an open door policy - we love people visiting our class to see what we’ve been up to - and I look forward to regular contact with all families of the school.

TRACEY BULLEN
Teacher Room 18, Team Leader Rooms 17-20
TRACEY BULLEN
Teacher Room 18, Team Leader Rooms 17-20

tbullen@upperharbour.school.nz
Hi there everyone, Kia ora koutou katoa What is it about me you want to know? Apart from loving my job, which I have been doing for 15 years there is much more to me than teaching! I enjoy singing, dancing and socialising with friends. I like nothing better than to get away from the hustle and bustle and head out of Auckland with a good book and a pair of walking shoes. My passions in the classroom include, performing arts, Inquiry, SOLO thinking, reading and writing.  I am a team leader and love working with not only all your children, but with a committed staff who also enjoy their job. So pop in, say hi and introduce yourself.

JANE WALLWORK
Teacher Room 17, Board Member
JANE WALLWORK
Teacher Room 17, Board Member

jwallwork@upperharbour.school.nz
Originally from the UK, I moved to Auckland in 2007 with my husband and two children. In 2008, I began working at Upper Harbour Primary as a teacher aide. Inspired by the teaching and learning I saw every day, I enrolled at university and studied for my degree part-time then left Upper Harbour to complete a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. Since then I have taught at Westmere School and Albany Primary and now I am really happy to be 'home' again at Upper Harbour. In 2019 I will be in Room 17, teaching and learning with a wonderful group of students.

JAMES CLARK
Teacher Room 23
JAMES CLARK
Teacher Room 23

jclark@upperharbour.school.nz
Tena Koutou UHPS community. I'm Mr Clark and I am thrilled to have such an amazing group of learners in Room 23 for 2019. This is my seventh year teaching at Upper Harbour Primary School and over that time I have been involved in most aspects of the school including the Board of Trustees, Sports Coaching, Cultural groups and more! Our family lives in our school neighbourhood. I try to cycle or swim every day and have played in a band for over twenty years.   I am really looking forward to helping Room 20 work together to grow and succeed throughout 2018.

JOY BARBARICH
Release Teacher
JOY BARBARICH
Release Teacher

MEENA MILSOM
Release Teacher
MEENA MILSOM
Release Teacher

MICHELLE WARD
Release Teacher
MICHELLE WARD
Release Teacher

TRACY SMITH
ESOL Coordinator
TRACY SMITH
ESOL Coordinator

tsmith@upperharbour.school.nz
Hi, my name is Tracy Smith, and this is my second year being part of the Fast track/ESOL team at Upper Harbour. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing students at this school, and we enjoy learning together as part of a team. I am part way through studying a Diploma of TESSOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and am enjoying learning ways in which we can support the language learning of our students.

LISA LI
ESOL Support Assistant
LISA LI
ESOL Support Assistant

SELINA CHENG
ESOL Support Assistant
SELINA CHENG
ESOL Support Assistant

Hi, my name is Selina and I work as a Mandarin language support assistant for ESOL. I started working at UHPS in the beginning of 2017 and I am enjoying every part of it. There is nothing more exciting than seeing children learning English as their second language and improving throughout the terms. My interests include travelling and experiencing different cultures around the world. I look forward to continuing working alongside this great team and students.

SUSAN YONG
ESOL Support Assistant
SUSAN YONG
ESOL Support Assistant

Hi! My name is Susan Yong and I have been part of the Learning Support Team since 2007. I live locally with my husband Henry and my teenage son and daughter who both attended Upper Harbour Primary. I love the caring and supportive environment we give to our students at Upper Harbour Primary. My role allows me to work closely with students, whether they have ESOL needs or a boost in other parts of the curriculum. It’s a great job to work with the kids in our community, help them build confidence and make progress with their learning.

TINA YANG
ESOL Support Assistant
TINA YANG
ESOL Support Assistant

Hi my name is Tina. I am from China, I finished my MIB master's degree (Master of International Business) at the University of Auckland in 2001. Then I stayed in Auckland. I am a Kiwi now and enjoy my life here. My daughter Annie has graduated from Upper Harbour and studies in middle school now, my son Leo is still at our school. Both of them like Upper Harbour very much. I enjoy travelling either alone or with family. Music and art are my favourite things. I enjoy working with the ESOL team and I have learnt a lot from them. I Hope my bilingual skills give some help for our Chinese speaking students.

VICKY HAM
ESOL Support Assistant
VICKY HAM
ESOL Support Assistant

ANNE ABBOTT
Learning Support Assistant
ANNE ABBOTT
Learning Support Assistant

I have a background in Nursing and health management.  I am passionate about health and education of children.

HANNAH RAVEY
Learning Support Assistant
HANNAH RAVEY
Learning Support Assistant

MEL LESTER
Learning Support Assistant
MEL LESTER
Learning Support Assistant

RACHEL LITTLEWOOD
Learning Support Assistant
RACHEL LITTLEWOOD
Learning Support Assistant

ROSA COTTAAR
Learning Support Assistant
ROSA COTTAAR
Learning Support Assistant

SOPHIA HAMON-CRADDOCK
Learning Support Assistant
SOPHIA HAMON-CRADDOCK
Learning Support Assistant

URSULA KENNEDY
Learning Support Assistant
URSULA KENNEDY
Learning Support Assistant

LAURA HUNTER
Board Chair
LAURA HUNTER
Board Chair

My husband, Rich, and I joined the UHPS community in 2008, and our children have thrived here. Four of our five kids have graduated and moved on to AJHS, ASHS, and uni, and our youngest, Adam, is now in year 3. I work part-time at Albany Senior High, teaching English, and in my free time love to read and go to the beach. I joined the Board in 2012 and have thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a great deal.  I love being part of such an energetic and professional team, who are dedicated to the learning and well being of our students.  

CHRIS SHEFFIELD
Board Member
CHRIS SHEFFIELD
Board Member

My family and I have been part of the UHPS Community since our oldest daughter Sophie first started as a Little Sponge in 2013 and will be here for a few more years while our youngest daughter Alexandra moves through the ranks. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting other parents through our school sports teams, and on the many and varied school trips our children attend. I have a love of the outdoors and spend my spare time mountain biking and hunting. I am proud to work alongside my fellow board members, and wider school community, to grow our school and advance our learners through all of their endeavours.

JEFF ZHANG
Board Member
JEFF ZHANG
Board Member

My wife Nancy and I came to New Zealand from China in 2003, we have lived in the area for 8 years, our son has graduated from Upper Harbour, and our daughter is in year 3. I work in a local bank as an account manager. It is a privilege to serve as a board member, representing our Chinese community.

KATE SCHICK
Board Member
KATE SCHICK
Board Member

Hi there! I'm Kate Schick, and it is a privilege to have been recently elected as a Trustee of UHPS.

My husband and I moved into the community eight years ago. We have four daughters, two of whom are current students at UHPS, and two preschoolers who will be part of the school within the next few years. Before having children, I taught in primary school classrooms both in Auckland and Rotorua.

I'm excited to be part of the Board of Trustees and to contribute to the positive things going on in the school and community.

RAGINI KULKARNI
Board Member
RAGINI KULKARNI
Board Member

I moved to New Zealand 12 years ago. We have 2 lovely boys and our older son is a student at UHPS. We have been associated with UHPS for 4 years thus far.

I am a teacher by profession and understand the value of an enriched educational environment for children. I enjoy working with children and am amazed by their curiosity and drive to learn new things. I have always been passionate about providing a rich learning experience for children. I want to help contribute to children’s love for learning and make a positive impact to their growing years.

Looking forward to being a part of the Board and contribute to the UHPS community.

YVONNE THYNNE
Board Member
YVONNE THYNNE
Board Member

My family and I have been part of UHPS for the last six years and will be for a few years yet. I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming part of the school community through sports, the FOS Committee and meeting lots of other parents.

I have a love of books from my previous work in Publishing, and a love of food which is reflected in my current role as a Communications Manager for a FMCG company.

I am so proud to be able to work with my fellow board members and staff to continue to grow our school into a centre of excellence, where our kids can be happy and thrive.

FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL
FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL

friends@upperharbour.school.nz
Friends of the School is a welcoming collaborative community that pitches in together to support the school in achieving a better future for our students. We feel the words ‘collaborative community’ not only describe the alignment between our Board of Trustees, our Staff, and Friends of the School, but also the connection between the wider community of families within Upper Harbour Primary School. As a group, we work together to achieve fundraising and social goals to enhance our school.
Our goals
To help families feel welcome within our community. To collectively build the resilience of our community, one person at a time. To extend and enhance the learning experiences for the children by creating opportunities linking the wider community (Friends of the School etc) together. To raise required funds to create and maintain a place for community connection. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month in the school staff room and all members of our school community are welcome. Being part of FOS is a great opportunity to meet other parents and to get involved in school activities.

PEER SUPPORT
PEER SUPPORT

Students at Upper Harbour have long been active participants in the school’s restorative practice. This has been through classroom meetings, circle times, W.A.R.M. Chats (What happened, who was Affected, What do we need to do to Repair, and how do we Move forward), and Peer Mediation, (Cool Schools programme). Upper Harbour spent part of 2018 rethinking these programmes and initiatives. Through this process, we have had many discussions with and feedback from staff, students, and parents about their effectiveness. Beginning in 2019, we have decided our Peer Mediation programme would better serve the school if it evolved to become Peer Support. We feel this would provide a broader level of support and have a more significant impact on more students. This would also allow for students to get involved as leaders in a helping relationship at a younger age (previously, Peer Mediators were only for Year 5 & 6 students). This is also a chance for students to engage with their peers as part of living our values of whanaungatanga and manaakitanga. This is also an excellent opportunity to explore the Key Competencies of Participating and Contributing and Relating to Others.  Students as young as Year 3 and up to Year 6  learn about some effective ways to help out with a variety of small and easy to navigate ‘hassles’ in and around the playground, and during other contexts at school (e.g. lunch eating, inside classrooms during wet days, supporting new students). As the age range and experience is broad, there is an opportunity to work through a series of progressions as students move through their year levels. There are three progression levels that all Peer Support students are working through. We will continue to reflect on and develop the Peer Support programme at Upper Harbour. We welcome any feedback or suggestions.