- Senior Leadership Team
- Learning Support Team
- Administration Team
- Board of Trustees
- Friends of the School
- Student LeadersANDREW COWIEDeputy Principal,Board Member Staff RepANDREW COWIEDeputy Principal,Board Member Staff Rep
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 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’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.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 WAGGPAVICKY GLEDHILL-HARRISOffice AdministratorVICKY GLEDHILL-HARRISOffice Administrator
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 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.PAULA WEBSTERLibrarianPAULA WEBSTERLibrarianEMMA THOMPSONTeacher Room 3, Team Leader Rooms 1-4EMMA THOMPSONTeacher Room 3, Team Leader Rooms 1-4MICHAEL BARRYTeacher Room 2MICHAEL BARRYTeacher Room 2SALLY 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 7KIRI PURDIETeacher Room 9KIRI PURDIETeacher Room 9LAURIE CADAGTeacher Room 10, Team Leader Rooms 9-12LAURIE CADAGTeacher Room 10, Team Leader Rooms 9-12DIANE MCLAYTeacher Room 12DIANE MCLAYTeacher Room 12EMMA VAN HOFFENTeacher Room 14EMMA VAN HOFFENTeacher Room 14CASEY HEYNSTeacher Room 15, Team Leader Rooms 13-16CASEY HEYNSTeacher Room 15, Team Leader Rooms 13-16TRACEY BULLENTeacher Room 18, Team Leader Rooms 17-20TRACEY BULLENTeacher Room 18, Team Leader Rooms 17-20JANE WALLWORKTeacher Room 17JANE WALLWORKTeacher Room 17JAMES 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 AssistantMEL LESTERLearning Support AssistantMEL LESTERLearning Support AssistantRACHEL LITTLEWOODLearning Support AssistantRACHEL LITTLEWOODLearning Support AssistantROSA COTTAARLearning Support AssistantROSA COTTAARLearning Support AssistantSOPHIA HAMON-CRADDOCKLearning Support AssistantSOPHIA HAMON-CRADDOCKLearning Support AssistantURSULA KENNEDYLearning Support AssistantURSULA KENNEDYLearning Support AssistantANNE MARIE TUPPBoard MemberANNE MARIE TUPPBoard 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 ZHANGBoard MemberJEFF ZHANGBoard 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 HUNTERBoard MemberLAURA HUNTERBoard 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 KIMBoard MemberLINA KIMBoard 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 ROWLEYBoard MemberRICHARD ROWLEYBoard 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.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.