It is a privilege to be the Principal of Torbay School. Since taking this role up in January 2018 I have totally enjoyed working with the exceptional staff and the wonderful children here at Torbay. The community involvement in the school is outstanding and brings a strength of character to everything we do. Our child centred approach to education gives all children the best chance of success and I am very proud of the efforts our teachers go to, to ensure each child is supported. I look forward to developing our teaching practices and providing children with exciting learning opportunities as we move further into the 21st century.
With a passion for learning and supporting children to achieve their potential I work across the school in a number of roles. I have overall responsibility for literacy and numeracy as well as Learning Support including GATE and ESOL. I work with all students in my pastoral care role and am a strong advocate in supporting them. I love working with staff and students to develop teaching and learning that leads us into the future.
Teaching is a passion of mine, I enjoy working with the kids and challenging them to be the best they can be. Our class has a focus on integrated learning and giving the students the chance to be independent learners who make the correct choices. I also feel that student well being must be a top priority – happy students learn best! I am an avid geek, I love bringing my quirky hobbies and interest into my lessons.
I have lived on the North Shore my whole life and even attended Torbay School throughout my primary years. I have been teaching here since 2018. I am an enthusiastic and passionate teacher, and I strive to help every student meet their full potential. My passions include maths, music and drama and I love taking the opportunity to explore new things, especially learning about the interests of my students.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
This is my second year teaching at Torbay School and I’m delighted to be a part of the Rakino team this year with an awesome class of Year 6 students. I am passionate about building strong relationships with my students in order to provide the best learning experience possible and help everyone realise their full potential. I enjoy teaching maths and inquiry learning, and have a strong background in sports and music.
I grew up overseas and attended school in Malaysia and Thailand before moving back to New Zealand in 2013. I love living on the North Shore and am glad to be a part of the Torbay community.
I have had a long association with Torbay School both as a teacher and parent. I love working with the amazing students in my class to develop their talents and strengths. I believe in giving all students opportunities to experience a wide range of quality learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. I like to focus and build on their confidence and growth as individuals and their belief in themselves as citizens of the future. I am the Lead Teacher for Maths and share this passion with my class.
I am a Year 5 teacher at Torbay School. I have been teaching for many years in a variety of places around New Zealand. I have just recently come back to teaching full time after staying home to look after my 3 beautiful children. My husband, children and I live locally and really enjoy the wonderful things Torbay has to offer. This year I am working with Alyce Debenham in a shared space in Room 1 and 2. I love working in a collaborative space and am looking forward to a fun and busy year.
I have been a teacher at Torbay Primary starting in 2020. I am passionate about sports and innovative learning environments. A big part of my focus as a teacher is to encourage students to explore new experiences to find activities they are passionate about, and motivating them to work hard at their passions.
Some of my interests include basketball, football, playing guitar and spending time with friends and family. I have lived in the Torbay and Browns Bay area for the majority of my life.
I started teaching at Torbay in 2017 as a year 5/6 teacher. This year I am teaching a year 5 class along with Megan McIntosh. I have loved being able to teach in the community that I grew up, and currently live in. I am passionate about the Arts, in particular Dance. I also love teaching Literacy and Inquiry Learning. I really love working with all of the amazing students here at Torbay.
I have been working at Torbay School since 2012. My passions include developing Well Being and I am the Curriculum Leader for Health and PE.
Prior to teaching at Torbay I worked at Albany Junior High School, and completed a gap year in the UK working in a boarding school not far from Bath. This is where my love of teaching started. I live locally with my husband and our daughter, and I love spending time paddle boarding, travelling, and taking time to connect with friends and family.
Hi! I grew up in Torbay and went to Torbay School as a student. I have worked at a number of schools, both locally and over the bridge but loved it so much at Torbay School that I have been back here since 2015.
My husband, Ian and I live locally with our 3 children. As a family, we love going on bush walks, riding our bikes and visiting our beautiful local beaches.
I love to travel so embrace diversity, different perspectives and celebrate all cultures. Student voice is important to me and I enjoy engagement of learning through exploring a variety of learning opportunities.
I grew up in Forest Hill and 20 odd years ago, bought a house in Torbay. Back then it was considered a bit out of the way, but Torbay always had something special about it. Today it is a bustling and connected part of the Bays. Who knew that I would be back this way teaching and enjoying all it has to offer. I started teaching at Torbay School in 2017 and I appreciate both the professionalism and connected community spirit of my colleagues, students and families alike.
Hi, My name is Graham, I have come to teaching after a long career in the entertainment technology industry. I bring my passion for the arts to all I do in the classroom. I enjoy challenging students to be the best they can be. Our class has a focus on integrated learning through inquiry topics. This allows students to base their learning in areas and topics they are passionate about. I strive to create not only a class culture that challenges learners to think independently but one that is a happy place to be. I am a lover of technology and gadgets, especially ones we can build and program in class. My other passions are books, poetry and crossword puzzles, I will try and convince students to make these a part of their lives!
I have been working at Torbay School since 2012. My roles include being the Motihue Team Leader as well as head of EOTC, Travelwise and Waterwise. Prior to teaching at Torbay I worked as the Junior Team Leader at Upper Harbour Primary School, as well as at Dairy Flat School, Kohia Terrace Primary and Point View School. I have spent several years teaching in London from where I was able to travel and explore many countries. I live locally with my three children and we enjoy exploring the beautiful surroundings of our area with our two dogs.
Following two terms as a part-time teacher at Torbay School in 2015, I began working as a Year 4 teacher in 2016 and now teach in the year 3 area. I am in charge of the library and have a passion for developing the love of reading.
I live locally with my husband and two children. We enjoy family time together bike riding, exploring beaches and playing sports. I also enjoy reading, water sports, boating, art, baking, spending time with friends and family and playing squash and other sports.
Torbay is a wonderful place to live and work. We are so lucky to have such a naturally beautiful environment on our doorstep! I am glad to be part of the team at Torbay School. The staff really care about our students, families and community and are awesome people to work alongside.
Hello, I have been teaching at Torbay School since 2005, mainly working with Year 2, 3 and 4 students. I enjoy guiding children through the learning process and seeing them take risks and succeed. Children learn through doing; wondering, questioning, exploring and discovering answers to satisfy their curiosity. Along this pathway, they discover that learning is fun and they gain life skills. I believe that children learn best when they are happy and comfortable, and when they feel safe within their learning environment. Learning is fun and there are plenty of smiles and laughter throughout our journey together.
I love teaching at Torbay School as I get loads of opportunities in leading, teaching and learning. The children are wonderful and the staff are fantastic to work with.
Kia ora, my name is Claire and I’m a Year 2 teacher and the Gifted Education Coordinator at Torbay School. Originally from England, my husband and I moved to Auckland 12 years ago and love NZ life and getting to enjoy the great outdoors with our daughters. This is my 6th year teaching at Torbay, with the last three years spent working as part of the amazing Rangitoto team. I love seeing our Year 2 children exploring their learning through our Wā Kitea programme and celebrating their successes. This year I am particularly excited about Torbay’s Gifted Education programme and look forward to identifying and working with our Gifted Learners on some challenging projects.
I have been teaching since 2004 after doing a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Education, and a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching at Massey University. I have a passion for kapa haka, literacy, reading in particular and love the challenge of helping reluctant readers to find stories they love. I have two children who keep my very busy.
Originally from the south of England, I arrived in New Zealand with just a backpack and my husband in 2013, since then we’ve had two children, brought our own home and fully embraced into the kiwi way of life. I feel very lucky to have taught in a number of North Shore school and am really happy to now be working and living in the community.
As a teacher I thrive on a busy, energetic and creative classroom. I believe children learn best through exploration and play. I love challenging the children’s thinking and being a part of their lightbulb moments.
I started at Torbay School in 2015. I have a special connection with Torbay School as I attended the school for my last 2 years of primary after immigrating from South Africa. I have taught at Sunnynook School and Pinehill School. I have been teaching since 2003. I am an enthusiastic and energetic teacher who is passionate about Maths, Digital Technology and Art. I live locally with my husband and twin girls and love the outdoors.
I was born in China and came to New Zealand in 1983. I have been teaching since 1994.
I lived in Palmerston North for a few years before moving to the North Shore. My hobbies are running, walking at the beach, gardening, doing all sorts of art related activities and spending time with my family.
I am very passionate about developing student’s interests through Play Based learning. My philosophy in teaching is that, I believe all students can achieve to their potential and I endeavour to deliver a challenging and enjoyable curriculum.
I started at Torbay School as a new entrants teacher in Term 3, 2021. I have recently graduated from AUT and I’m excited to be part of the Torbay team. I’m looking forward to building relationships and creating a fun learning environment for all tamariki.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, reading and exploring the outdoors.
I moved to New Zealand with my husband and son in 2019, after spending 4 years in Dubai. Since joining Torbay school I have enjoyed getting to know these amazing children and it has been wonderful to be part of the Torbay family.
I started my teaching career in 2014. I am passionate about educating children. I believe that a strong foundation and love of learning from an early age will give a child a world of opportunities and a desire to pursue them.
Originally a kindy teacher in South Africa, I came to New Zealand in 2013 with my husband and two children. We have since had a third child and enjoy living locally and taking advantage of the many beaches, bush trails and activities this community has on offer.
I have always loved working with children and encouraging them to achieve their goals and become the best they can be. My goal for my classroom is to create a community that encourages learners to think independently and use their care values to ensure we have happy, diligent and compassionate tamariki. I am passionate about Play Based Learning and incorporating it into all aspects of the curriculum, using a hands on, tactile approach whenever possible.
I started at Torbay School in 2013. I have been involved in Primary education for many years and am passionate about teaching and helping children reach their full potential. In my spare time I am usually fishing, snorkeling or walking on the beach or in one of our wonderful forests.
Tena Koutou, I have lived in Torbay most of my life and feel blessed to be a part of such a fantastic community. I love the beach, whether it’s walking my dog, exploring rock pools, swimming or taking part in beach clean ups, it’s a big part of my life. My leisure time is spent making memories with my two beautiful daughters, gardening or reading.
I came to Torbay School as a student teacher in 2010 and was lucky enough to return as a teacher in 2011. I’ve taught a variety of year levels, particularly new entrants and year threes. I enjoy sharing my passion for science and literacy with students as Head Enviro teacher, working with the Gifted Education team and as the National Library coordinator. I believe students learn best when happy and I enjoy making learning both pertinent and fun.
I have been a teacher at Torbay School since 2011. Prior to this I have taught at a variety of schools on the North Shore. I am an enthusiastic and energetic teacher and always strive for students to reach their full potential by supporting their interests and abilities. My interests within education are STEM, working and learning collaboratively, visual arts, integration and having fun. I am also an across school lead for our Oneroa Kāhui Ako. I am very interested in the transitions and wellbeing of our tamariki. Supporting them through these changes to create smooth pathways to enhance their growth and development.
Hi, I’m Vanessa. I am very happy to be teaching at my old primary school. I have been teaching at Torbay School since 2009 when my son started as a 5 year old. I am an experienced teacher having previously worked at two schools in Central Auckland. As an ex Torbay School student it is wonderful to be back at Torbay and to have be involved in how the school has developed. I lead the Literacy team and I am an across school leader for our Kāhui Ako. I am very interested in integrating ICT into all areas of the curriculum and developing Future Focused Learning at Torbay School.
Tēnā koutou, I tipu ake au i raro i te maunga tapu o Rangitoto, e Koro, e tēnā koe, engari nō Ingarani ōku tīpuna. He kaiāwhina reo Māori. Ko te tūmanako, ka rere te reo rangatira.
I grew up locally but my ancestors are from England. I have been helping with te reo Māori at Torbay school since 2018. I have completed He Pī Ka Pao and He Pī Ka Rere at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Poupou Huia Te Reo at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Intermediate Māori Language at AUT, and I am currently enrolled in the Advanced Māori Language course at AUT. I’d like to acknowledge all the kaiako (teachers) I have learnt from at these institutions and the generosity with which they have shared their language and culture. I love the language and the richness it brings to my life and I hope I can pass that on to the tamariki of Te Kura Tuatahi o Whangatoa, Torbay School.
“He puna wai, he puna kai, he puna reo, he puna ora, ita-a-ita”
A water spring, a bountiful spring, a language spring, a life spring – hold fast