Jo Cornwell

Kauri Team / Teacher in charge of sport

Rm 2b Teacher 



Jo loves being outdoors, kayaking, fishing and playing sport. She enjoys creative projects and learning through science. Jo is pasionate about finding new ways to achieve and express individual progress.

Jade Connor

Kowhai Team 

Rm 8 Teacher



Jade is excited to engage and support the children on their learning journey.  She is enthusiastic about laying solid foundation skills in literacy and numeracy to unlock a passion for lifelong learning.


Geeta Maharaj

PikoPiko Team

Rm 6 Teacher

Anna Clarkson

PikoPiko Team 

Rm 16 Teacher






Anna loves being at the beach; especially swimming, snorkeling, fishing and walking her dog. She enjoys learning alongside her children and helping them become lifelong learners.


Lisa Girvan

Music/Arts Specialist




Terry Withers

Kauri Team

Rm 2a Teacher 



I am very lucky to be able to teach here at Henderson Valley.  My passion is to help inspire children to be inquisitive about everything and anything. Albert Einstein quoted: ' It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy, expression and knowledge'.   I love to read with the children exploring the wonderful world that we live in.   Exploring technology and science, and trying to discover what might happen.  

Claire Skelton

Kowhai Team

Rm 9 Teacher



Claire's passion as a teacher is to guide students to grow in confidence as they explore, discover and challenge themselves with their learning. She enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, kayaking and spending time with friends and family.


Mariah Smith

PikoPiko Team

Rm 5 Teacher






Niki Case

PikoPiko Team 

Rm 17 Teacher



Lis Keal

Reading Recovery Teacher





Lis enjoys gardening and spending time with her family including her 2 lovely grandchildren. She is passionate about children's literature in her Reading Recovery role.


Jo Perkinson

Kauri Team

Rm 1b Teacher






I have one daughter here at Henderson Valley School she is in year two, her name is Samantha.  I am a vey keen gardener and when I’m not in my garden you will find me in the water.  I was a swim instructor for 3 years before I became a teacher and look very much forward to teaching swimming here at school.

Claire Simiona

Kowhai Team

Rm 10 Teacher




Claire loves art and spending time with her family. She enjoys encouraging children to think creatively and appreciate their own potential.

Cory Sullings

Pikopiko Team

Rm 4 Teacher




Cory sees mathematics as a passion and enjoys seeing students growing in confidence making the next steps in their learning journey. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching sports, and unwinding with a book.

Narelle Hepple

PikoPiko Team

Rm 12 Teacher



Narelle believes in the importance of children developing a sense of belonging and wellbeing and emerging from room 12  as capable and confident learners. 

She loves spending time at the beach and has a love for outdoors activities of  tramping, camping and kayaking.

Bruce Gabites

Education for sustainability

Learning Support




Bruce’s motivation as a teacher is to help create caring children who will make a positive contribution to our world. A father of two amazing teenage boys, Bruce enjoys a wide range of outdoor pastimes particularly sailing, surfing and scuba diving.

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