Staff

Senior Leadership

Senior Leadership

Katie Hills

Principal

About Me

Kia ora. My name is Katie Hills and I have been the principal at Dairy Flat School since mid 2021. Aaron and I live in Greenhithe and we have four children and two grandchildren. I love working in the Dairy Flat Community and I enjoy providing memorable learning opportunities for our school community. In my spare time I enjoy snorkeling, sailing, gardening, crafting and spending time with my family and friends.

E: khills@dairyflat.school.nz

Susan Thompson

Deputy Principal - SENCO

About Me

Coming Soon

E: sthompson@dairyflat.school.nz

Kōtare Whānau

Kotare Whanau

Jenny Forlong

Team Leader - Year 5/6

Room 15

About Me

Kia ora, I am Jenny Forlong and the teacher of Room 17 which is made up of year 5 and 6 students. I love getting to know all the personalities in my room and seeing them change and grow over the year. I like my classroom to be a place where we feel noticed and valued.

E: jforlong@dairyflat.school.nz

Cameron Leader

Year 5/6

Room 16

About Me

Kia Ora! My name is Cameron Leader, and I teach in Room 17 as part of the Kōtare Whānau. I am in my third year of teaching, and try to make learning as fun and as engaging as possible as well as knowing my students well so that I can grow them into competent and capable young humans.

E: cleader@dairyflat.school.nz

Kayla Huntingford

Year 5/6

Room 17

About Me

Kia Ora! My name is Kayla Huntingford and I am currently in my 3rd year teaching. I am a year 5&6 teacher in the Kōtare Whānau. I enjoy the rural atmosphere of Dairy Flat school and I love looking after the school chickens. I enjoy supporting students' academic growth and seeing them grow into the respectful and responsible students that they are.

E: khuntingford@dairyflat.school.nz

Fiona Sutherland

Year 4/5

Room 9

About Me

Kia ora. My name is Fiona Sutherland and I teach a Year 4/5 class in Room 9 as part of the Kōtare Whānau. I have been involved with the Dairy Flat School community for the past 8 years both as a parent and as part of the teaching staff.

E: fsutherland@dairyflat.school.nz

Tūī Whānau

Tui Whanau

Robyn Mowat

Team Leader - Year 3/4

Room 12

About Me

Kia Ora. My name is Robyn Mowat and I have been a teacher at dairy Flat school for many years. I cherish relationships that have developed between myself, the children and their families. I have a love for animals and have a passion for being involved in Ag day each year.

E: rmowat@dairyflat.school.nz

Aimee Coombe

Year 3/4

Room 14

About Me

Kia ora. My Name is Aimee Coombe. I grew up in Torbay and now I am living in Albany. As a young child my dream was to be a teacher, and now I am living my childhood dream! I love supporting students' academic process, and seeing them grow as individuals.

E: acoombe@dairyflat.school.nz

Victoria Tipene

Year 3

Room 13

About Me

Tena Koutou Katoa. My name is Victoria Tipene and I am a classroom teacher at Dairy Flat School! This is my 3rd year teaching and I am absolutely loving it. I have a passion for learning and love seeing our tamariki grow. My family is made up of my husband, Daniel and my cat, Panda! I enjoy being active and catching up with family and friends in my spare time.

E: vmcgowan@dairyflat.school.nz

Hayley Campbell

Year 4

Room 11

About Me

My name is Hayley Campbell. My little family is made up of my best friend and husband, Mike, my dog Holley, and am known as Aunty to many! I am passionate about being creative, learning new skills, and helping children to achieve success! I love working alongside families and whanau as part of the learning process.

E: hcampbell@dairyflat.school.nz

Kererū Whānau

Kereru Whanau

Fran Earwaker

Team Leader - Year 1/2

Room 3

About Me

Hi, My name is Fran Earwaker. I live in Dairy Flat with my husband Steve and our youngest son Jacob. My older two children - Ryan and Emily - are studying at Canterbury University. My family has a long history at Dairy Flat School (since the late 1800's!) and I am very proud to be a staff member here.

E: fearwaker@dairyflat.school.nz

Marama Waaka

Year 2

Room 2

About Me

Kia Ora! My name is Marama Waaka and I am currently a year 2 teacher. I enjoy supporting children to achieve to their potential and to become confident and resilient. Outside of school I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my friends.

E: mwaaka@dairyflat.school.nz

Amy-Lee Gould

Year 2

Room 1

About Me

Kia ora! Ko Amy-Lee taku ingoa. Kei Dairy Flat ahau e noho ana. I grew up in Longbay and am now living locally in Dairy Flat with my partner and two fur babies. I am a second year teacher at Dairy Flat and have loved being a part of this community. I have a passion for te reo Māori and further developing my cultural competency. I hope to create a warm and friendly learning environment that makes all learners feel included. You will find me hunting through local op shops or enjoying our amazing local beaches.

E: agould@dairyflat.school.nz

Trina Jennings

Year 2/3

Room 10

About Me

Hi there, My name is Trina Jennings. My husband Warren and I have 3 daughters. Samantha, our eldest and our two grandsons James and Zane. Sidnee, who is a Lawyer on the Gold Coast. Then there is our youngest daughter Renee, who is married to Mark. Warren and I have lived all over the place. Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Canterbury, Gold Coast, Auckland. I am a very passionate person and I really enjoy being a classroom teacher.

E: tjennings@dairyflat.school.nz

Kea Whānau

Kea Whanau

Lyndy Committie

Team Leader - Year 1, currently on sabatical

Room 6

About Me

Kia ora my name is Lyndy Committie and I have fun teaching the little people in Room 6! I also lead our Kea Whānau and am passionate about getting children involved in Sports. The Kea Whānau have taken on board Play based learning and we love igniting the children's imaginations! I live on the Shore with my husband and we enjoy anything outdoors- fishing , golf, tennis , bowls, cricket, walking- anything!

E: lcommittie@dairyflat.school.nz

Rhonda Blair

Year 1, Team Leader

Room 7

About Me

Hi my name is Rhonda Blair and I am in the Kea Team teaching the New Entrant/Year One children in Room 7. I am excited to help children on their learning journey at our lovely school. I live locally in Dairy Flat with my family and enjoy riding my horses. My favourite animal is a unicorn!

E: rblair@dairyflat.school.nz

Jody Costello

Year 1

Room 4

About Me

Kia ora. Ko Jody Costello taku ingoa. I am a New Entrant teacher in the Kea Whānau. I have been settling children into school for many years and love seeing them blossom into independent confident learners who enjoy being at school. Relationships are the foundation to life and learning, so establishing connections with tamariki and their whānau is a priority. I live in Torbay with my husband and three cats. We have three children who are working and/or studying in Auckland. I am passionate about creativity and enjoy all areas of visual art. I also enjoy the outdoors and have a garden with a huge variety of plants that keeps me very busy.

E: jcostello@dairyflat.school.nz

Sheryl Lopes

Year 0/1

Room 5

About Me

Kia ora, My name is Sheryl and I am currently a year 0/1 new entrant teacher at our lovely Dairy flat school. I love working with our tamariki to help them reach their fullest potential, find their identity and build a strong sense of belonging at our school. In my short few years of teaching I’ve worked both in ECE centres and schools to develop a teaching philosophy that reflects a progressive and learner driven approach. You’ll find me applying this and my love for the performing arts in Room 5, where everyone is welcome as they are!

E: slopes@dairyflat.school.nz

Teacher Aides

Teacher Aides

Debbie Anthony

Teacher Aide

About Me

Coming Soon

E: danthony@dairyflat.school.nz

Martina Dobbyn

Teacher Aide

About Me

Hi, my name is Martina Dobbyn. I enjoy walks on the beach with my two dogs Toby and Mika. I live in Stanmore Bay with my husband Kieran, daughter Aimee and son Adam. We moved from Ireland in 2005, when Adam was just 2 years old and loved NZ so much we stayed. Our daughter Aimee was born in NZ - she is our Irish Kiwi! I love helping the children in Dairy Flat build their confidence and reach their full potential.

E: mdobbyn@dairyflat.school.nz

Tim Northover

Teacher Aide

About Me

Kia ora! My name is Tim and I am a teacher aide at Dairy Flat. I love music and enjoy playing my guitar and getting the children involved with singing. In my spare time I perform gigs all over Auckland.

E: tnorthover@dairyflat.school.nz

Sharon Bachir-Brahmi

Teacher Aide

About Me

My name is Sharon Bachir-Brahmi I have lived in Dairy Flat for the last 5 years with my husband Omar. I have 2 sons that live in Australia and a Daughter living in London I am also blessed to have 5 beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and travelling and spending time with my family

E: sbachir@dairyflat.school.nz

Ngaire Greenhill

Teacher Aide

About Me

My name is Ngaire I love long walks on the beach and going on epic family adventures. My husband, Ben and I live in Gulf Harbour with our 2 amazing children and our dog, Rocket. I love to think of everyday as a new beginning and a fresh opportunity to learn something new.

E: ngreenhill@dairyflat.school.nz

Release Teachers

Release Teachers

Liz Cotter

Release Teacher

About Me

Coming Soon

E: lcotter@dairyflat.school.nz

Courtney Ryder

Release Teacher

About Me

My name is Courtney Ryder and I have returned to Dairy Flat this year in a release Teacher role, working 3 days a week in the Tūī Whānau and Kererū Whānau, and enjoying 2 days at home with my son Benjamin. My partner Steve and Benjamin's half brothers and sister live in Castor Bay. This is my 5th year at Dairy Flat and my 22nd year in Teaching. I am really looking forward to being back in the classroom, working alongside the children to achieve success, build connections and ignite inquiring minds 🙂

E: cryder@dairyflat.school.nz

Julie Atkinson

Release Teacher

About Me

Coming Soon

E: jatkinson@dairyflat.school.nz

Helen Guise

Release Teacher

Room 6

About Me

Hi, my name is Helen Guise, my husband and I have lived in Dairy Flat for 13 years. I have two married sons who live locally and two energetic grandchildren. Over the years I have taught students from two to 18 years old. I work in the Kea team; I enjoy the country atmosphere at Dairy Flat School including seeing chickens wandering around. It is wonderful to see students learn and the pride which achievement gives them.

E: hguise@dairyflat.school.nz

Office

Office

Suzanne Hayward

Office Manager

About Me

Kia Ora, Growing up and living in Saudi Arabia and Central Africa I immigrated to New Zealand 12 years ago from the UK with my husband Gareth and son Kieran. I have always lived on the Hibiscus Coast firstly in Orewa then Arkles Bay and lastly heading further up the peninsula to Gulf Harbour. My brother and his family live in Brisbane and before the pandemic we would often take the flight across to visit and like everyone else I am so looking forward to those days returning.

E: shayward@dairyflat.school.nz

Paula Lucas

Accounts Manager

About Me

Coming Soon

E: plucas@dairyflat.school.nz

Grounds

Grounds

Jim Meacock

Property Manager

About Me

Coming Soon

E: jmeacock@dairyflat.school.nz

Michaela

Ground Staff

About Me

I am a passionate gardener and enjoy designing and creating new gardens. I love working part time maintaining our beautiful gardens at Dairy Flat School.

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