Our Team

Leadership Team

The principal has been delegated authority by the school’s board of trustees to take responsibility for ensuring the school’s strategic plans and annual action goals are successfully achieved, and for leading the day to day operation of the school. The principal works in collaboration with the leadership team composed of the deputy principal, assistant principal and SENCO leader in order to continuously improve the educational experiences of our students. Our Leadership Team at Whangarei Primary School are:

Danny Jewell


Kia ora koutou whanau, Ko Exmoor te Maunga, Ko Exe Te Awa, No Somerset, England ahau, Ko Ngapuhi tonu te Iwi, Ko Donald toku papa, Ko Celia toku mama, Ko Tanya Maich toku hoa rangatira, Ko Ella toku kotiro, Ko Oliver raua Milan oku tama, Ko Danny Jewell toku ingoa, Ko au tumuaki te kura o Whangarei Primary. No reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

My name is Danny Jewell and I am privileged and excited to be the new Principal of Whangarei Primary School, from Term 3, 2019. I have been teaching and leading in education for the past 25 years in a diverse range of locations, schools and ages. In England I taught for 10 years in private schools, where I honed my skills in leadership as a Head of Sports for four years at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Elstree. I arrived in New Zealand in 2005 and taught at Tauraroa Area School for 10 years, where I had experience teaching in Years 4-9, and was Deputy Principal in charge of the Primary area for 6 years. in 2014, I moved to Parua Bay School as their Principal, where the roll rocketed from 220 - 390 in two years. Under such extraordinary circumstances, as a first time Principal, I learnt very quickly about the varied roles of a Principal. My educational philosophy is really quite simple: the student is front and centre and needs to be engaged, stimulated and empowered to learn; the teacher is the most valuable resource a school can have, and needs to be supported, valued and motivated; and whanau is at the top of the pyramid, and connections between student, school and parents need to be strong and based on relational trust for optimum learning to happen. Therefore, I would urge that you, as parents and whanau, get involved in your children's education - get to know your child's class teacher, take every opportunity to visit the school, make connections to the school and ensure your child has the best possible chance of achieving by becoming involved in the school. I look forward to connecting with you at school, and ensuring that your child is happy and successful at Whangarei Primary School.

Ange Vette

Deputy Principal

I am a born and bred Northlander having done all of my schooling in the Tikipunga area before spreading my wings in the big wide world.  
After teaching around New Zealand and around the world I finally returned to Whangarei in 2000 to start my family.  I now live in Tamaterau with my husband and my two children.
My most recent teaching has been in the year 7 and 8 area and as  a Deputy Principal locally. Over the past 18 months I have been volunteering  within St John  and working part time in schools around Whangarei. The rest of my spare time is spent following my kids around their sports indulging my family's love of fishing, travelling as much as possible and spending time in the paradise that is the Whangarei.
My passions in education are wide and varied but you are most likely to find me in classrooms encouraging a love of oral language, drama, sports and  finding the fun in learning. I look forward to spending the next three terms working with the students and community of Whangarei Primary.

Danny Clarkson

Deputy Principal

Prior to moving my family to Whangarei in 2016, I worked at a number of schools both around NZ and abroad. Since working at Whangarei Primary I have enjoyed working in an environment of high challenge and innovation having been the Curriculum Leader for both Literacy and Languages along with sitting on most other curriculum lead teams while teaching in the senior syndicate. I am passionate about empowering students throughout the learning process and feel privileged to be part of this great teaching and learning team.

Board of Trustees

All of New Zealand’s state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction in consultation with all stake holders, and ensures that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all of its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

Trustees are elected every three years by the school’s parent community and staff members. Our school’s Board of Trustees is generally made up of four trustees elected from amongst the parent community, one elected staff representative, and the principal of the school. The board can also co-opt additional trustees when it needs a particular skill set in order to strengthen its operation.

The Board of Trustees at Whangarei Primary School are:

Erica Phillips: Chairperson
Ray Campbell: Member
Jarrod Goodall: Treasurer
Victoria Bell: Member
Dallas Wrack: Member
Teresa Battersby: Staff Trustee
Danny Jewell: Principal

Teaching Staff

We are most fortunate to have an extremely dedicated and very capable team of teachers at our school, who have a reputation for going the extra mile for the students in their care. The on-going professional development of our team has a high priority in the school’s strategic plan, and as such every teacher has access to regular training opportunities to ensure they remain at the forefront of the most effective research based teaching practices. Our team of teachers at Whangarei Primary School are:


Sherryn Coxhead 

Room 06 - New Entrants (Syndicate Coordinator)

"Colour your life outside the lines."

Ros Murphy

Room 07 - New Entrant

"I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Janine Thorne

Room 07A - New Entrant

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” - C.S. Lewis *

Junior Syndicate

Santiara Van Rijswijk

Room 01 - Year 1

'Education is not the learning of facts but rather the training of the mind to think." - Albert Einstein.

Robyn Shore

Room 02 - Year 1

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if you only try.” by Dr Seuss

Barbara Lints

Room 03 - Year 2

"The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr Seuss

Tania Dobbs

Room 04 - Year 2

"Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching."

Trish Cooper

Room 08 - Year 2

"Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges." – Joyce Meyer

Bianca Clearwater

Room 09 - Year 2

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows - Sydney J. Harris

Middle Syndicate

Sarah Sofala 

Room 10 - Year 3 & 4 (Syndicate Coordinator)

"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. BE OUTRAGEOUS go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is SO COMPLETELY CRAZY it's unbelievable." - Matilda, Roald Dahl

Mark Adam

Room 11 - Year 3 & 4

"You don't need eyes to see. You need vision."

Shannon Taylor

Room 12 - Year 3 & 4

"Tell me the I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

Gabrielle Badham

Room 13 - Year 3 & 4

"If at first you don't succeed, you're normal!" - Kid President

Dylan Tavinor

Room 14 - Year 3 & 4

Not Available

Samantha Taylor 

Room 15 - Year 3 & 4

"What we learn becomes part of who we are."

Senior Syndicate

Natasha Gunson

Room 16 - Year 5 & 6 (Syndicate Coordinator)

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela

Isaac Jerez

Room 17 - Year 5 & 6

"Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care" Anonymous

Teresa Battersby

Room 18 - Year 5 & 6

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."

Julianne Newbold

Room 19 - Year 5 & 6

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Hone Tata

Room 21 - Year 5 & 6 (Boys)

He aha te mea nui o te ao, maku e ki atu. He tamariki, he tamariki, he tamariki ma. What is the the greatest thing in this world. It is the children, it is the children, it is the children.

Lara Whitehead

Room 22 - Year 5 & 6

Be yourself, follow your 💙 & enjoy the journey. Kia pono, whaingia to 💜 me kia ngahau to haerenga.

Specialist Staff

Donna Maree Gilmour

Reading Recovery

"Learn from the world around you."

Lynda Ireland

Reading Recovery

"Your attitude determines your altitude"

Jordyn Pitman

Room 05 - Acceleration Program

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris *

Addy Wihongi

Room 24 - Te Reo Maori

"Ki whakanui i te tikanga, i te reo, i te wairua me te iwi. To celebrate culture, language, Spirit and people."

Vaughan Written

Room 25 - LSC / SENCO

Not Available

Brittany McKenzie

^ On Leave

"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."

Natasha Dinsdale

^ On Leave

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you!" - Dr Seuss

Kim Tavinor

^ On Leave

"In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity."

Caitlin Brierley

^On Maternity Leave

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." Anthony D'angelo

Admin Staff

Sheree Johnson

Executive Officer


"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Sherleen McKay

School Secretary


"It takes a big heart to help shape little Hands."

Sonja Hyman

Office Admin


"God give strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Marlie Walker

Library Media Centre Co-ordinator


"If knowledge is power, and a library is full of knowledge, then we have a powerful library."

Tim Dobbs

Property Manager


R J Caulfield

Grounds Assistant

"Hello Trouble."

Mat Barton

ICT Technician

“If you type ‘Google’ into Google, you can break the internet. Please... no one try it... even for a joke... " - Jen - IT Crowd

Other Support Staff

Adrienne Birch

Teacher Aide

"Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen." Michael Jordan

Alanah Harding

Teacher Aide

Not Available

Beth Selby

Teacher Aide

"If you can imagine it you can create it! If you dream it you can become it!"

Jamimah Coenradi

Teacher Aide

Not Available

Julie Hepi

Teacher Aide / ESOL Teacher

"Imagine with all your mind. Believe with all your heart. Achieve with all your might."

Leonie Rapana

Teacher Aide

"Behind every good teacher, there is a great Teacher Aide"

Megan Scot

Teacher Aide

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!" - Dr Seuss

Naomi Le Marrec

Teacher Aide

Not Available

Sharee Chamberlain

Teacher Aide

Not Available

Taylah McKay

Teacher Aide

Not Available

Trish Waldeck

Teacher Aide

"It takes a kind heart to help shape developing minds."