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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’m married to a lovely guy named Roy, who is an excellent scone maker, and for the last 27 years we have lived up on the Hibiscus Coast. We recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and the arrival of a wee grandson, Winston James. Being a nana is a new and totally wonderful adventure and the staff are being very patient about the number of photos I keep showing them!

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 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.

ANDREW COWIE
Deputy Principal,Board Member Staff Rep
ANDREW COWIE
Deputy Principal,Board Member Staff Rep

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.

JO THORBURN
Deputy Principal
JO THORBURN
Deputy Principal

jthorburn@upperharbour.school.nz

My name is Jo Thorburn, I'm one the Deputy Principals and I've been at UHPS since 2007.

My role at school is varied and includes pastoral support, data analysis and curriculum support, as well as transition both to and from UHPS. I'm fortunate in that I get to meet most new students and their families either through enrolment interviews or when they join our Little Sponges Transition Programme. I love getting alongside your fabulous children and hearing what they are thinking and wondering as they delve into fun and exciting learning opportunities.

My interests outside of school are travel, reading, and baking quite elaborate cakes for weddings or other celebrations. My husband Michael and I have 2 grown up children, Mandy and Elliot. Mandy is married and about to bless us with our first little grandson - it would be a complete understatement to say that I'm excited!!

SANDRA WAGG
PA,Board Notetaker
SANDRA WAGG
PA,Board Notetaker

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!

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
Library Administrator
PAULA WEBSTER
Library Administrator

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.

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.

EMMA THOMPSON
Teacher Room 1,Team Leader Rooms 1-4
EMMA THOMPSON
Teacher Room 1,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 4 and a half year old son Calin who will be joining us at UHPS this year!

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 1 again, with the whole Wild Minds 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.

MICHAEL BARRY
Teacher Room 2
MICHAEL BARRY
Teacher Room 2

mbarry@upperharbour.school.nz

Kia Ora friends and families.

My name is Mr Barry and I am very excited to be back in room 2 for another year. I am now in my second year of teaching and look forward to working alongside a new group of year 5 and 6 students.

I am a born and bred Aucklander who previously studied architecture in Wellington before starting my teaching degree in 2013. I am currently living in Birkenhead with my partner Miranda while we finish building our house in Hobsonville Point. My interests include both watching and playing sport, mountain biking and reading.

I look forward to working alongside the Wild Minds community in 2017 and getting to know more about your child.

Please feel free to come and say hello and check out our learning space in room 2.

BRIDGET DONOVAN
Teacher Room 3
BRIDGET DONOVAN
Teacher Room 3

bdonovan@upperharbour.school.nz

Hi everyone! My name is Miss Donovan and I am a passionate educator in room 3.

I originally come from the rough West Coast of the South Island but have spent the last 8 years in Christchurch, where I trained as a teacher, taught years 0-4 and survived a number of large earthquakes! This year has been my first year living in Auckland.

I have a strong passion for trying new things and being innovative in the way we teach and how children learn in this exciting 21st century we live in. This is constantly fuelled by my excitement of being a life long learner. I am currently completing my Masters qualification in Education, endorsed in e-learning and digital technologies - a hot topic in education at present.

I look forward to meeting you and continuing to work with the fantastic students and staff at UHPS!

KIRI PURDIE
Teacher Room 4
KIRI PURDIE
Teacher Room 4

kpurdie@upperharbour.school.nz

Kia Ora, Bonjour! My name is Kiri Purdie.

I am pleased to be the Year 4 teacher, Room 4 at UHPS in Pipi Block. 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”!

BRYDIE WOLFE
Teacher Room 5
BRYDIE WOLFE
Teacher Room 5

bwolfe@upperharbour.school.nz

My name is Miss Wolfe and I am the teacher for Room 5.

I feel very privileged to be apart of the Treasure Hunters team where we believe in creating authentic learning experiences for our awesome little sponges.

I am proud to say I am a Cantabrian. I lived in Christchurch for 18 years and then went further south to Dunedin where I studied and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. It was through my studies where I found a love for teaching and being around children which led me to complete my post graduate diploma in Christchurch.

My interests include the outdoors, traveling, playing sport and skiing.

One of my joys that my job brings me is seeing the children grow and have a love for school.

Please feel free to come and check out our amazing learning in Room 5, we would love to say hello!

SHELLEY FINDLAY
Teacher Room 6
SHELLEY FINDLAY
Teacher Room 6

sfindlay@upperharbour.school.nz

I have made New Zealand my home after moving here from South Africa twenty years ago. My husband and I and our four children have been very happy to adopt the kiwi lifestyle. Although my children have all left the ‘nest’ we still hear the pitter patter of tiny feet.....our cats give us much pleasure and make sure we know who’s really the boss. We love the peace and tranquillity of the Shore and like relaxing at home with friends and family when we can.

I have enjoyed “sharing the journey” with you and your children over the last 10 years here at Upper Harbour.  I love the modern teaching space I share with Mrs Barnes as we together make learning fun and give our students opportunities to develop their thinking, self management and resilience skills.

LEISHA BARNES
Teacher Room 7,Team Leader Rooms 5-10
LEISHA BARNES
Teacher Room 7,Team Leader Rooms 5-10

lbarnes@upperharbour.school.nz
Hi, I’m Leisha Barnes and I am very excited about being the Team Leader for the Yr 1 & 2 Treasure Hunters team this year and working with an awesome bunch of teachers and students. I am very lucky as I get to work alongside Shelley Findlay in a team teaching environment, where we can collaborate, challenge and inspire each other to make learning authentic and so much fun for our learners. I work in a special classroom at UHPS as it has a ‘hole in the wall’ that links Room 7 to Room 6. The students love having a big space to learn and play in. I strive to have an exciting learning environment where all students feel safe and love learning. I really enjoy having fun and look forward to Motivate Me Mondays where we do lots of hands on activities. What brings me joy in my life is my family and getting outside and having fun. My husband and I are keen mountain bikers and love hitting the trails out at Woodhill. My 2 boys enjoy going on their bikes and scooters with us as well. We also love putting on our roller blades and zooming around the rink at Glenfield. During the summer months we enjoy camping and exploring different parts of New Zealand Pop into our class and let us share our learning journey with you, you’ll love it!!

EMMA VAN HOFFEN
Teacher Room 8
EMMA VAN HOFFEN
Teacher Room 8

evanhoffen@upperharbour.school.nz

My name is Emma van Hoffen. I am a new teacher to UHPS this year, having recently 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 8 sometime and have a look at our awesome learning!

SOFIA HARVEY
Teacher Room 9
SOFIA HARVEY
Teacher Room 9

sharvey@upperharbour.school.nz
Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei. Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

This whakatauki( Maori proverb) is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable, but it's real message is to be persistent and don't let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal.

Tena Koutou Katoa, greetings to everyone.
Ko Maungaemiemi te maunga (Maungaemiemi is my mountain)
Ko Whangaroa Harbour te moana(Whangaroa Harbour is my ocean)
Ko Nga puhi/ Ngati Kahu te iwi (Ngapuhi and Ngati Kahu are my tribe)
Ko Voudouris ratou ko Harvey, ko Lagaluga nga whanau (my families are Voudouris, Lagaluga, and Harvey are my families)
I wehe oku tupuna I Kirihi  (My ancestors come from Greece)
I wehe oku tupuna I Niue (My ancestors come from Niue)
No Tāmaki-makau-rau ahau (I live in Auckland)
Ko Gwen raua ko Jordan oku matua (Gwen and Jordan are my parents)
Ko Daniel Harvey taku rangatira(Daniel is my husband)
Ko Sofia toku ingoa  (My name is Sofia)
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.  (Greetings to all)

Yassas! Kia Ora! Fakaalofa lahi atu ki a mutolu oti! Hello!

My name is Sofia Harvey.  I am a born and bred kiwi and I come from a multicultural background. My father is Greek and my mother is Maori and Niuean. Coming from such a diverse background a huge passion of mine is celebrating different cultures and learning from the people and the world around us.
This year I am blessed to be working at Upper Harbour Primary School. I am in my second year of teaching and I am loving the journey!  Currently I teach year 1 and 2 in the junior school. My interests are studying Te Reo Maori, the outdoors and animals.
I look forward to working in the Treasure Hunters community in 2017.  

EMMA DAVIS
Teacher Room 11
EMMA DAVIS
Teacher Room 11

edavis@upperharbour.school.nz

Kia Ora koutou katoa.

My name's Emma Davis and I am teaching in Room 11 this year. I have been teaching for 14 years, and half of that time has been at Upper Harbour Primary School. This year I am working with a wonderful group of year 5 and 6 students but have experience teaching new entrants up to year 9. My passions in teaching are literacy, the performing arts, social science and helping to develop the children holistically. I can often be found working alongside the peer mediators.

I was born in the UK and moved to Auckland 8 years ago. It was the best move I have ever made. In my spare time I love to do yoga, practise reiki, walk in nature, read, watch movies and go to music events. I also love learning about different cultures.

Please feel free to pop into my classroom at anytime to say hello and see what your child has been learning about.

JANE SUNG
Teacher Room 12
JANE SUNG
Teacher Room 12

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 12 this year with a lovely bunch of Year 4/5 students. I am in my first year of teaching and I am excited to have begun my teaching journey with such a fantastic group of young people, who daily inspire and motivate me.

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 rest of the year with the Dynamic Dragons 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.

RUTH MILLETT
Teacher Room 13,Team Leader Rooms 11-16
RUTH MILLETT
Teacher Room 13,Team Leader Rooms 11-16

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 13 this year. They have shown themselves to be excellent thinkers and role models for our community.

I have been teaching for 21 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 in the Dynamic dragons community.

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 teenage children, Geoffrey (17) and Georgia (13).

Please feel free to visit Room 13 and check out our learning space!

SALLY BAIK
Teacher Room 14
SALLY BAIK
Teacher Room 14

sbaik@upperharbour.school.nz

Hi, there!

My name is Miss Baik and I am thrilled to be teaching in Room 14 this year with the most fantastic group of Year 3/4 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. 2017 has been a great year so far for me with lots of new exploring, learning and filled up with laughter.

Feel free to pop into our dynamic learning environment in Room 14. We would love to share our learning with you.

CASEY HEYNS
Teacher Room 15
CASEY HEYNS
Teacher Room 15

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 and love working with a great bunch of Year 3 and 4 students this year. 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, who attend our local primary school. 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.

JAMES CLARK
Teacher Room 16
JAMES CLARK
Teacher Room 16

jclark@upperharbour.school.nz

Tena Koutou UHPS community.

I'm Mr Clark and I am thrilled to have such an amazing group of Year 5 and 6 learners in Room 16 for 2017. Our special project this year is to improve every students cycling skills so they can stay fit and healthy while having fun.

This is my fifth 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 and my two daughters (ex UHPS pupils) go to Albany Junior High School. 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 16 work together to grow and succeed throughout 2017.

TRACY ESQUILANT
Teacher Room 17
TRACY ESQUILANT
Teacher Room 17

tesquilant@upperharbour.school.nz

I am excited to be starting the new entrant class for Term 3 at such an amazing and progressive school. The staff have been overwhelmingly supportive with helping me set up Room 17.

Having started my teaching career 34 years ago, I am an experienced (read "old") teacher with a young attitude and growth mindset.

My husband and I have been married for 31 years and have two grown daughters. At the moment, life is busy as we are building our own cabin at Mangiwhai in the weekends which is where we will eventually retire. I am looking forward to being involved in the Variety show as I like music, dressing up and entertainment.

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.

DIANE MCLAY
Teacher Room 19
DIANE MCLAY
Teacher Room 19

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.

ALANNAH JURY
Teacher Room 20
ALANNAH JURY
Teacher Room 20

ajury@upperharbour.school.nz

Kia Ora. My name is Miss Jury and I am excited to be starting my first year at Upper Harbour Primary. I am in my first year of teaching and look forward to working with a group of year 2 students. Before completing my teaching degree I studied Sport and Recreation and Business at AUT.

My interests include swimming, hockey and the outdoors. I look forward to working in the Minion Express community in 2017.

MEENA MILSOM
Teacher Paua Pod
MEENA MILSOM
Teacher Paua Pod

NORMA SNEDDEN
Release Teacher Rooms 1 & 12
NORMA SNEDDEN
Release Teacher Rooms 1 & 12

JAN RUSSELL
Release Teacher Rooms 7 & 8
JAN RUSSELL
Release Teacher Rooms 7 & 8

JAN MCLEAN
Release Teacher Rooms 13 & 14
JAN MCLEAN
Release Teacher Rooms 13 & 14

DONNA SUBRITZKY
Release Teacher Rooms 18 & 20
DONNA SUBRITZKY
Release Teacher Rooms 18 & 20

AMY HOOPER
ESOL & Learning Support Teacher
AMY HOOPER
ESOL & Learning Support Teacher

ahooper@upperharbour.school.nz

Hi, my name is Amy Hooper. I am currently a part-time teacher in our Fast Track Zone for our ESOL students and help other students with a boost in literacy or maths. I am a foundation staff member here at Upper Harbour Primary and have been here since it opened in 2006. I have been teaching for over 16 years in a variety of roles such as Classroom Teacher, Literacy Leader, Team Leader, ESOL co-ordinator, Guest Teacher, Reading Recovery teacher and ‘Jack of all trades’. I have a BSc , Dip teaching (primary) recently completed my Dip TESSOL (teaching English in Schools for speakers of other languages). I love working with people and strive to make my teaching practice creative and fun. It is awesome to see students progress and helping them along their learning journey is such a rewarding experience.

At home in Greenhithe, I have two boys with my husband Nic - Lewis, 7yrs and Patrick, 4yrs and our dog Dusty. They keep me busy when I am not at school. We love outdoor adventures, bike riding and DIY at home. I also volunteer on the walking school bus, Tauhinu Sea Scouts and other Greenhithe community projects.

Please feel free to pop in and say hello.

TRACY SMITH
ESOL & Learning Support Teacher
TRACY SMITH
ESOL & Learning Support Teacher

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.

HAYLEY DENNIS
ESOL Support
HAYLEY DENNIS
ESOL Support

SELINA CHENG
ESOL Support
SELINA CHENG
ESOL Support

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
SUSAN YONG
ESOL Support

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
TINA YANG
ESOL Support

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
VICKY HAM
ESOL Support

ANNE ABBOTT
Teacher Aide
ANNE ABBOTT
Teacher Aide

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

KELLIANN STEYN
Teacher Aide
KELLIANN STEYN
Teacher Aide

KERRY MACFARLANE
Teacher Aide
KERRY MACFARLANE
Teacher Aide

My name is Kerry MacFarlane. I have worked at Upper Harbour Primary School as a Teacher Aide for the past 9 1/2 years.

I am extremely proud to be part of this amazing school and its community. It has been a pleasure to help, and watch our children grow into the confident young people they are today.

PENNY JANES
Teacher Aide
PENNY JANES
Teacher Aide

My name is Penny Janes and I have been working at UHPS for ten years as a teacher aide supporting students with diverse needs within the classroom.

I am married and have two adult daughters. In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with my family and animals.

JONATHAN CROSS
Board Chairperson
JONATHAN CROSS
Board Chairperson

jcross@upperharbour.school.nz

Hi my name is Jonathan Cross and I am the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

Myself and my wife Lisa and I have two children who have attended UHPS, Ella and Oliver.

I am a technical program manager responsible for overseeing and delivering large capital projects and leading team engineers, project managers and support staff.   My understanding of developing strategies, budgets and plans supports the board to govern the school effectively and efficiently.

I feel privileged to be able to put something back into the school and help contribute to the success of all our children.

ANNE MARIE TUPP
Board Member
ANNE MARIE TUPP
Board Member

Myself and my husband Sean, have 3 children.  My two eldest children have graduated from UHPS and my youngest currently attends the school. I am a nurse by profession and currently have 2 part time roles – one is project managing quality initiatives that improve the experience of patients and their families attendance/admission at Starship including reviewing systems and ways of working. My other role is working with a team at a national level developing policy and resources, and supporting DHB’s to implement the Violence Intervention Programme addressing family violence and child abuse. I have always been passionate about the health, welfare and education of children, valuing their abilities and enjoying their potential.  I am keen to contribute to their learning/education and development, both as individuals and within a community.

JEFF ZHANG
Board Member
JEFF ZHANG
Board Member

Myself and my wife Nancy came to NZ from China 13 years ago, and both of our children are students at UHPS.  I work in a local bank as an account manager, and Nancy is a midwife working in the community.

I grew up in a small village in China, and I understand how education can change lives.

I am really keen to help the community to get more involved in the school.

LAURA HUNTER
Board Member
LAURA HUNTER
Board Member

Myself and my husband Rich, have five children. Two of these children, Charlie and Grace, have graduated from UHPS while Jane, Josephine and Adam are currently attending the school. I am a stay-at-home mum with a background in high school Biology and English teaching. I volunteer with the Asylum Seeker Support Trust.

I love being a part of the Board and assisting the UHPS team to make the school a place where each child reaches their potential, finds a love of learning, and feels that school is a fascinating and happy place to be.

LINA KIM
Board Member
LINA KIM
Board Member

I am a proud ex-pupil of Upper Harbour Primary and I am a co-opted member of the Board. My younger brother is a year 6 student at Upper Harbour.

I am currently studying for a Law and Politics degree at the University of Auckland and I have a passion for involvement in the community.

I would like to contribute the voices of different cultural groups at the school to ensure children of all backgrounds feel proud when sharing their culture.

RICHARD ROWLEY
Board Member
RICHARD ROWLEY
Board Member

I am fortunate to work with the best bunch of people in education, all of whom dedicate their days to transforming the system in New Zealand and (one day) the rest of the world. I have been called a dreamer and divergent thinker. My passion for developing inquiring and creative minds is paired with a strong belief that a child’s mental well-being is much more important than their grades.

SHANE CONGDON
Board Member
SHANE CONGDON
Board Member

Myself and my wife Carole, have two sons that attend UHPS, Zachary and Tanner, our eldest son Taylor has graduated UHPS and is now at AJHS. My family are actively involved in supporting UHPS, be it coaching a UHPS hockey team, organising the book fair, attending school camp as a parent helper or being part of the Discover Day organising committee.

I am a lawyer and company director for a US multi-national and I have significant experience in the areas of legal compliance, governance, health and safety and project management that I bring to my Board of Trustees role.

As a Board of Trustees member I relish the opportunity to help ensure UHPS has the environment, support and facilities to enable our children to grow, develop and succeed in a modern learning environment, and to do so with manaakitanga and a strong moral compass. I also want to support greater information sharing so the UHPS community understands more about the great things UHPS is planning, doing and achieving.

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.

STUDENT LEADERS
STUDENT LEADERS

Upper Harbour Primary Students are engaged in multiple leadership roles in and around the school and new roles are popping up all the time.  Over the next few terms we plan to develop more student leadership opportunities around the school’s vision and values associated with Connect, Climb and Create, so watch this space. A big thank you to all the student leaders involved in the following:

Maori Leadership Group

Peer Mediators

Nature Club

SkateBoard Club

Rainy Day Rangers

Transition Buddies

Rubbish Rangers

Library Leaders

UHPS Times