- Senior Leadership Team
- Learning Support Team
- Administration Team
- Board of Trustees
- Friends of the School
- Student LeadersSUE 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.ANDREW 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.JO THORBURNDeputy PrincipalJO THORBURNDeputy Principal
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 WAGGPA,Board NotetakerSANDRA WAGGPA,Board Notetaker
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 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 WEBSTERLibrary AdministratorPAULA WEBSTERLibrary AdministratorVICKY 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.NATASHA PETERSONTeacher Room 1NATASHA PETERSONTeacher Room 1MICHAEL BARRYTeacher Room 2MICHAEL BARRYTeacher Room 2EMMA THOMPSONTeacher Room 3, Team Leader Rooms 1-4EMMA THOMPSONTeacher Room 3, Team Leader Rooms 1-4KIRI PURDIETeacher Room 4KIRI PURDIETeacher Room 4LEE-ANNE WHITETeacher Room 5, Team Leader Rooms 5-8LEE-ANNE WHITETeacher Room 5, Team Leader Rooms 5-8DIANE MCLAYTeacher Room 6DIANE MCLAYTeacher Room 6ALANNAH JURYTeacher Room 7ALANNAH JURYTeacher Room 7SOFIA HARVEYTeacher Room 8SOFIA HARVEYTeacher Room 8EMMA VAN HOFFENTeacher Room 9EMMA VAN HOFFENTeacher Room 9LAURIE CADAGTeacher Room 10LAURIE CADAGTeacher Room 10
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 2 at UHPS and Alaina who is 15 months 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, working closely with Room 11 as The Learning Hub!
CASEY HEYNSTeacher Room 11, Team Leader Rooms 9-12CASEY HEYNSTeacher Room 11, Team Leader Rooms 9-12RUTH MILLETTTeacher Room 14, Team Leader Rooms 13-16RUTH MILLETTTeacher Room 14, Team Leader Rooms 13-16JANE SUNGTeacher Room 15JANE SUNGTeacher Room 15SALLY BAIKTeacher Room 16SALLY BAIKTeacher Room 16COURTNEY DIXONTeacher Room 17COURTNEY DIXONTeacher Room 17
I feel very lucky to have joined the UHPS team this year. You will find me in room 17 and I look forward to working with you to help your child reach their full potential. For the past three years, I've been teaching at Glendowie School. I have a particular strength in Maths and Science and love to find ways to make learning as exciting and real world as possible. Prior to teaching, I spent time living in England and working as an Activity Instructor at an outdoor education camp. Having played representative netball in the past, I love enthusing the next generation of sports stars by coaching sport; not just netball but also basketball, football, touch and cricket. On the weekends you'll find me tramping and keeping active, exploring our beautiful country or nestled up reading a good book.
Please feel free to come and check out our awesome learning space in Room 17 and see all the fantastic work we are doing!TRACEY BULLENTeacher Room 18, Team Leader Rooms 17-20TRACEY BULLENTeacher Room 18, Team Leader Rooms 17-20BRIDGET DONOVANTeacher Room 19BRIDGET DONOVANTeacher Room 19JAMES CLARKTeacher Room 20JAMES CLARKTeacher Room 20JAN MCLEANRelease Teacher Room 11JAN MCLEANRelease Teacher Room 11MEENA MILSOMRelease Teacher Room 5MEENA MILSOMRelease Teacher Room 5MICHELLE WARDRelease Teacher Rooms 7 and 9MICHELLE WARDRelease Teacher Rooms 7 and 9RENEE BAYNESRelease TeacherRENEE BAYNESRelease Teacher
email@example.com Kia ora KoutouKo Renee taku ingoa,My name is Renee Baynes and this year marks my 10th year in the teaching industry. I obtained my full teachers registration back in 2013 and since 2008 have had a range of teaching experiences starting in early childhood and more recently moving to the primary school sector. Later this year I will be new entrant teaching, however I am currently relieving across the School. This is a great way to get to know everyone! My experience has also been in te reo Maori me ona tikanga Maori where I taught in a kaupapa Maori setting; this has lead me to implement Maori practices within the classroom. Earlier this Summer I got married and now live locally to the School. During the weekend I enjoy spending time with family and friends. If you see me around, don't hesitate to say "hi!"Nga mihiSARAH VALINTINERelease Teacher Room 18SARAH VALINTINERelease Teacher Room 18TRACY ESQUILANTRelease Teacher Room 3, 15 and 16TRACY ESQUILANTRelease Teacher Room 3, 15 and 16
Having started my teaching career 35 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 Mangawhai in the weekends which is where we will eventually retire.HAYLEY DENNISLearning Support TeacherHAYLEY DENNISLearning Support Teacher
Hello. I joined the Upper Harbour family last year and are thoroughly enjoying supporting students in the ESOL and Fast Track Zone. I have taught in a wide range of schools, public and private, across a range of levels here in New Zealand and overseas. I am passionate about supporting learners in need of a boost and my approach to teaching is one that is caring, supportive yet motivating. I use a range of teaching activities to hold interest, promote learning, whilst providing a much-needed boost in confidence. I am a mum of two primary aged children, one who has struggled with learning issues. We love living locally in the beautiful community of Greenhithe and I enjoy fitness and being at the beach.TRACY SMITHESOL CoordinatorTRACY SMITHESOL CoordinatorSELINA CHENGESOL SupportSELINA CHENGESOL 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 YONGESOL SupportSUSAN YONGESOL 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 YANGESOL SupportTINA YANGESOL 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 HAMESOL SupportVICKY HAMESOL SupportANNE ABBOTTTeacher AideANNE ABBOTTTeacher Aide
I have a background in Nursing and health management. I am passionate about health and education of children.HANNAH RAVEYTeacher AideHANNAH RAVEYTeacher AideKELLIANN STEYNTeacher AideKELLIANN STEYNTeacher AideKERRY MACFARLANETeacher AideKERRY MACFARLANETeacher 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 JANESTeacher AidePENNY JANESTeacher 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.REBECCA SHRUBSHALLTeacher AideREBECCA SHRUBSHALLTeacher AideJONATHAN CROSSBoard ChairpersonJONATHAN CROSSBoard Chairperson
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 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.STUDENT LEADERSSTUDENT 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
Rainy Day Rangers