- Senior Leadership Team
- Learning Support Team
- Administration Team
- Board of Trustees
- Friends of the School
- Student LeadersANDREW COWIEDeputy PrincipalANDREW COWIEDeputy PrincipalSUE SMITHPrincipalSUE SMITHPrincipal
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 MAYDeputy PrincipalJULIA MAYDeputy Principal
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 WAGGPASANDRA WAGGPASTEPHANIE BROWNINGOffice AdministratorSTEPHANIE BROWNINGOffice AdministratorMARK BENBOWProperty ManagerMARK BENBOWProperty Manager
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.RYAN MCWILLIAMSSports Co-OrdinatorRYAN MCWILLIAMSSports Co-OrdinatorPAULA WEBSTERLibrarianPAULA WEBSTERLibrarianEMMA THOMPSONTeacher Room 1, Team Leader Rooms 1-4EMMA THOMPSONTeacher Room 1, Team Leader Rooms 1-4SALLY BAIKTeacher Room 4SALLY BAIKTeacher Room 4NATASHA PETERSONTeacher Room 5NATASHA PETERSONTeacher Room 5RUTH MILLETTTeacher Room 6, Team Leader Rooms 5-7, 21 & 23RUTH MILLETTTeacher Room 6, Team Leader Rooms 5-7, 21 & 23JANE SUNGTeacher Room 7JANE SUNGTeacher Room 7JANE WALLWORKLearning Support Teacher Room 8, Board MemberJANE WALLWORKLearning Support Teacher Room 8, Board MemberKIRI PURDIETeacher Room 9KIRI PURDIETeacher Room 9LAURIE CADAGTeacher Room 10, Team Leader Rooms 9-12LAURIE CADAGTeacher Room 10, Team Leader Rooms 9-12SHARALYN DU PLESSISTeacher Room 11SHARALYN DU PLESSISTeacher Room 11
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.EMMA VAN HOFFENTeacher Room 14EMMA VAN HOFFENTeacher Room 14CASEY HEYNSTeacher Room 15, Team Leader Rooms 13-16CASEY HEYNSTeacher Room 15, Team Leader Rooms 13-16DIANE MCLAYTeacher Room 17DIANE MCLAYTeacher Room 17TRACEY BULLENTeacher Room 18, Team Leader Rooms 17-20TRACEY BULLENTeacher Room 18, Team Leader Rooms 17-20JAMES CLARKTeacher Room 23JAMES CLARKTeacher Room 23JOY BARBARICHRelease TeacherJOY BARBARICHRelease TeacherMEENA MILSOMRelease TeacherMEENA MILSOMRelease TeacherMICHELLE WARDRelease TeacherMICHELLE WARDRelease TeacherTRACY SMITHESOL CoordinatorTRACY SMITHESOL CoordinatorLISA LIESOL Support AssistantLISA LIESOL Support AssistantSELINA CHENGESOL Support AssistantSELINA CHENGESOL 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 YONGESOL Support AssistantSUSAN YONGESOL 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 YANGESOL Support AssistantTINA YANGESOL 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 HAMESOL Support AssistantVICKY HAMESOL Support AssistantANNE ABBOTTLearning Support AssistantANNE ABBOTTLearning Support Assistant
I have a background in Nursing and health management. I am passionate about health and education of children.HANNAH RAVEYLearning Support AssistantHANNAH RAVEYLearning Support AssistantMARYKE STRYDOMLearning Support AssistantMARYKE STRYDOMLearning Support AssistantMEL LESTERLearning Support AssistantMEL LESTERLearning Support AssistantRACHEL LITTLEWOODLearning Support AssistantRACHEL LITTLEWOODLearning Support AssistantSOPHIA HAMON-CRADDOCKLearning Support AssistantSOPHIA HAMON-CRADDOCKLearning Support AssistantLAURA HUNTERBoard ChairLAURA HUNTERBoard 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 SHEFFIELDBoard MemberCHRIS SHEFFIELDBoard MemberMy 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 ZHANGBoard MemberJEFF ZHANGBoard 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 SCHICKBoard MemberKATE SCHICKBoard 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 KULKARNIBoard MemberRAGINI KULKARNIBoard 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 THYNNEBoard MemberYVONNE THYNNEBoard 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 SCHOOLFRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL
Our goalsTo 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 SUPPORTPEER 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.