Our Staff

Our school is divided into three teams ­ Tall Oaks Year 4,5 and 6, Budding Branches Year 2 and 3 and Acorns Year 0 and 1. Teams are divided into whanau. Each whanau has a whanau leader and comprises of 4 – 6 classrooms.

Each whanau has a large awhina space that allows for flexible cooperative learning and teaching to better meet individual needs. Teachers teach to children’s needs, their levels of ability and experience.

Each class has a buddy class to allow opportunities for different aged children to support and learn with.

Mary Wilson
Mary WilsonPrincipal

At Baverstock Oaks we learn to be, learn to do, learn to think constructively learn to live together, learn to know and learn to grow, in our school community.
(adapted from International Commission on Education)

Welcome to Baverstock Oaks School. I hope that your association with our school will be a happy one. Baverstock Oaks is a school catering for students from year 1 – 6. The school strives to be a friendly and receptive place, approachable to parents and sympathetic to the individual needs of children. The sense of family is of paramount importance to us. It is imperative that we all work together for the positive benefit of the children in our school.

“ Learning to grow: growing to learn”. Baverstock Oaks School is warm, inviting and welcoming. Our staff, students and families form a partnership; the entire community is working together towards a shared vision. Our students understand what learning is, and learn how to learn. Learning experiences are authentic so learning has purpose. We create learning environments that ensure students and staff feels valued and supported. An open door policy exists which enables the community to celebrate and invest some of themselves into the success of the school. We have attracted a dynamic team of high quality educators so that we can offer the best learning opportunities for your children.

What we VALUE:

  • The sense of ‘family’ and learning partnerships
  • A High Quality Learning Environment
  • The Power of thinking and reflection
  • Questions, feedback and feed-forward
  • The diversity of our community
  • The well-being of the ‘whole’ person


Best learning happens when parent, child and teacher work together, valuing what each child already knows, identifying their needs and talents within a rich learning environment. Teachers build on strengths, having and giving the freedom to initiate new learning and taking the responsibility to guide and support children towards improvement and achievement.

The “family” is at the heart of what we do. The sense of family and the integrity of these values are of paramount importance at Baverstock Oaks and will be considered in all decisions made.

We want all our children to take a growing responsibility for their own learning and behaviour.

Quality: We achieve our best by meeting expectations and continually improving.

Constructivism: We aim to help all children ‘construct’ their own meanings through rich learning experiences.

Higher Order Thinking: We believe children need to know ‘how to learn’, ‘how they learn’ and ‘how to be problem solvers’.

Creativity: We believe that good things can be done in different ways, many ways to a common goal, many ways to meet a purpose.

Reflection: It is imperative that all children assess their own progress and plan what to do next, this will often result in setting goals.

We look forward to welcoming new members into our unique and vibrant learning family. We are our community’s school and involve them in school life at every opportunity. This creates our atmosphere of sharing, caring and respect that epitomises our school – Baverstock Oaks School.

Genee Crowley
Genee CrowleyAssociate Principal ­
Home, school & community partnerships, SENCO Y4 – 6, Restorative Practices, ICT, Transitions and Mindfulness
Allison Hamilton
Allison HamiltonAssociate Principal
SENCO & pastoral care Y2/3, Coaching & Mentoring, Maori & Pasifika success
Andrew Flanagan
Andrew FlanaganAssociate Principal ­
Aspirational learning, sport coordination, pastoral care Y4 – 6, property
Kate Keenan
Kate KeenanAssociate Principal
SENCO & pastoral care Y0/1, ESOL and Learning Support mentoring, literacy curriculum development

Tall Oaks (Year 6)

Kirsten Mackie
Kirsten MackieRoom 23
Whanau Leader Upper E
Johanna Brown
Johanna BrownRoom 8
Cheryl Macdonald
Cheryl MacdonaldRoom 21
Melanie Else
Melanie ElseRoom 22
Charlotte Takimoana
Charlotte TakimoanaRoom 24
Sharon Law
Sharon LawLearning Assistant
Molly Ong
Molly OngLearning Assistant

Tall Oaks (Year 4/5)

Nikki Mackay
Nikki MackayRoom 32
Whanau Leader Upper F
Kendall Evans
Kendall EvansRoom 31
Munroop Clair
Munroop ClairRoom 30
Rose Bain
Rose BainRoom 29
Carla Wang
Carla WangLearning Assistant
Holly Skipper
Holly SkipperRoom 6
Whanau Leader Upper/Lower B
Kimberley Buchanan
Kimberley BuchananRoom 3
Alex Donaldson
Alex DonaldsonRoom 4
Robert Tuli
Robert TuliRoom 5
Nick Gibbs
Nick GibbsRoom 7

Budding Branches (Year 2 and 3)

Johanna O'Brien
Johanna O'BrienRoom 9
Whanau Leader Lower B/C
Tanya Bonniface
Tanya BonnifaceRoom 1
Siobhan van Niekerk
Siobhan van NiekerkRoom 2
Jasmine Vili
Jasmine ViliRoom 10
Sally Shabbot
Sally ShabbotRoom 11
Traci Burke
Traci BurkeLearning Assistant
Kellie Srivastava
Kellie SrivastavaRoom 15
Whanau Leader Upper C
Emma Pottinger
Emma PottingerRoom 13
Jade Wyeth
Jade WyethRoom 14
Ashley Stratton
Ashley StrattonRoom 16

Acorns (Year 0 and 1)

Clare Downer
Clare DownerRoom 28
Whanau Leader Lower E/F
Lynette Radue
Lynette RadueRoom 17
Pauline Boggs
Pauline Boggs Room 18
Yvette Yu
Yvette YuRoom 19
Renée de Bruin
Renée de BruinRoom 20
Helen Dibley
Helen DibleyRoom 25
Catherine Hornsby
Catherine HornsbyRoom 26
Laura Raynes
Laura RaynesRoom 27
Dianne Timu
Dianne TimuRoom 17 Learning Assistant
Connie Young
Connie YoungRoom 18 Learning Assistant
Rachel Fox
Rachel FoxLearning Assistant
Mel Turner
Mel TurnerLearning Assistant
Catherine Boysen
Catherine BoysenLearning Assistant

Learning Support and ESOL

Laramarie Dreyer
Laramarie DreyerRoom 34
Whanau Leader ESOL/Learning Support
Kay Foot
Kay FootRoom 33
Learning Support
Michelle Major
Michelle MajorRoom 33
Learning Support
Damian Thompson
Damian ThompsonRoom 33
Learning Support
Caroline McKeown
Caroline McKeownRoom 34
Kate Brown
Kate BrownRoom 34
Learning Assistant
Sonya Ryan
Sonya Ryan Room 34
Learning Assistant

Part Time Staff

Ali Robberts
Ali Robberts
Sharon Woodward
Sharon Woodward
Laurence Clifford
Laurence Clifford
Trish Morgan
Trish Morgan
Angie Finnigan
Angie Finnigan
Catherine Dennis
Catherine Dennis

Admin and Support Staff

Frances Fraser
Frances Fraser Executive Officer/PA
Helen de Leeuw
Helen de Leeuw Library/Resource Manager
Leanne Lee
Leanne Lee School Secretary
Andrea Aspden
Andrea Aspden Resource Assistant
Vanessa Walter
Vanessa Walter Office Assistant
Roshni Shahri
Roshni Shahri Resource Assistant
Rachael McLoughlin
Rachael McLoughlinOffice Assistant
Darrin Heaven
Darrin HeavenProperty Manager
Graham Yarrell
Graham Yarrell Grounds Assistant