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.


Nicole McDonald

Kauri Team

Rm 1a Teacher 



Nicole has a wide range of teaching experience in both New Zealand and Australia, she is passionate about the arts, ICT and extending childrens learning.

Michelle Bone

Kowhai Team

Rm 9 Teacher




Michelle is passionate about the arts and aims to encourage children to be creative and curious in their learning. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband. She loves beach walks, painting, and watching movies and musicals.

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.

Geeta Maharaj

PikoPiko Team

Rm 6 Teacher

Lisa Harding

PikoPiko Team 

Rm 16 Teacher






Mariah Smith

PikoPiko Team

Rm 5 Teacher






Niki Case

PikoPiko Team 

Rm 17 Teacher



Niki enjoys baking, reading, walks on the beach and spending time with her three children and husband. She loves creating learning environments which are fun and dynamic, setting children up to be life-long lovers of learning.

Anna Clarkson

Pikopiko Team

Rm 4 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.

Claire Skelton

Kowhai Team

Rm 12 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.

Lisa Girvan

Music/Arts Specialist




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.


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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