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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 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.

 

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 twenty 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.

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!

STEPHANIE BROWNING
Office Administrator
STEPHANIE BROWNING
Office Administrator

KATIE MEESE
Office Administrator
KATIE MEESE
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.

RYAN MCWILLIAMS
Sports Co-Ordinator
RYAN MCWILLIAMS
Sports Co-Ordinator

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.

JANE WALLWORK
Learning Support Teacher
JANE WALLWORK
Learning Support Teacher

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

rmillett@upperharbour.school.nz
 

NATASHA TAYLOR
Teacher Room 8 Yr 0
NATASHA TAYLOR
Teacher Room 8 Yr 0

ntaylor@upperharbour.school.nz
Teacher Room 8

LAURIE CADAG
Teacher Room 10 Yr 1/2, Team Leader Rooms 9-12
LAURIE CADAG
Teacher Room 10 Yr 1/2, Team Leader Rooms 9-12

lcadag@upperharbour.school.nz
 

CASEY HEYNS
Teacher Room 15 Yr 2, Team Leader Rooms 13-16
CASEY HEYNS
Teacher Room 15 Yr 2, Team Leader Rooms 13-16

cheyns@upperharbour.school.nz
   

TRACEY BULLEN
Teacher Room 18 Yr 3/4, Team Leader Rooms 17-20
TRACEY BULLEN
Teacher Room 18 Yr 3/4, Team Leader Rooms 17-20

tbullen@upperharbour.school.nz
 

JOY BARBARICH
Release Teacher
JOY BARBARICH
Release Teacher

MEENA MILSOM
Release Teacher
MEENA MILSOM
Release Teacher

MICHELLE WARD
Release Teacher
MICHELLE WARD
Release Teacher

LISA LI
ESOL Support Assistant
LISA LI
ESOL Support Assistant

SELINA CHENG
ESOL Support Assistant
SELINA CHENG
ESOL Support Assistant

SUSAN YONG
ESOL Support Assistant
SUSAN YONG
ESOL Support Assistant

TINA YANG
ESOL Support Assistant
TINA YANG
ESOL Support Assistant

VICKY HAM
ESOL Support Assistant
VICKY HAM
ESOL Support Assistant

ANNE ABBOTT
Learning Support Assistant
ANNE ABBOTT
Learning Support Assistant

HANNAH RAVEY
Learning Support Assistant
HANNAH RAVEY
Learning Support Assistant

MARYKE STRYDOM
Learning Support Assistant
MARYKE STRYDOM
Learning Support Assistant

MEL LESTER
Learning Support Assistant
MEL LESTER
Learning Support Assistant

RACHEL LITTLEWOOD
Learning Support Assistant
RACHEL LITTLEWOOD
Learning Support Assistant

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