Mrs Deborah Heasman
Ko Owairaka te maunga
Ko Te Whau te awa
Ko Waitemata raua ko Manukau te moana
No Owairaka ahau
Ko Burnie toku papa
Ko Pat toku mama
Ko Bob toku hoa rangatira
Ko Deborah toku ingoa
He Tumuaki ahau o Te kura tuatahi o Te Awaroa
I am privileged to be the leader of this outstanding school where every day brings new and motivating experiences. After nearly 12 years as Principal of my previous school I was excited by a move to Helensville and I have been rewarded by a community that is supportive, teachers who are innovative, dedicated and creative and students who bring joy to my heart in so many ways.
Being the youngest of 6 children and growing up originally in Mt Albert I spent my childhood, like many of our children do here, racing around outside, quarrelling and laughing with my siblings and then reading as many books as I possibly could. I was addicted to reading and this fascination, alongside music and drama were the things that enticed me to the field of education. There was so much to learn and share and I wanted to be part of creating that opportunity for others. Many years later my decision to become a teacher has been a choice I have continued to celebrate and having the chance to collaborate and learn alongside others is my passion.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, Engari he toa takitini
My strength is not made of one, but by many
Ms Phil Spriggs
Ko Cheviot tōku maunga
Ko River Tyne tōku awa
Ko North Sea tōku moana
Ko Ingarangi tōku iwi
Ko John rāua ko Dorothy ōku mātua
Ko Andrew tāku tama
Ko Jennie rāua ko Meg āku tamahine
Ko Phil Spriggs ahau
Hello, my name is Phil Spriggs and I am the Deputy Principal at Helensville. Before coming here I was a mentor at The University of Auckland, working mainly with teachers in schools. Prior to that I was in senior management in several schools in the central/western suburbs of Auckland. One of the guiding principles of my philosophy is that I want every child to be able to succeed. My vision is that every child will be able to live the life they want to live using and responding to their own cultural identity and beliefs.
Mrs Sharron King
I have been working at Helensville Primary School since January 1995 and have had the opportunity of seeing my two daughters attend here before going to college. The office position is a very busy and varied job but I enjoy the pace and also meeting and dealing with all of the parents and children. If I had a penny for every stubbed toe I’ve nursed I’d be a millionaire!
Sharon Thompson Kaiawhina
Mrs Heather Foreman
Kowhai Āwhina – Year 1
Hi, my name is Heather Foreman and I am so excited to be leading the wonderful Kowhai Āwhina here at Helensville School. I have lived in Helensville for the last 12 years, 8 of which I have been teaching here and I truly believe that we are so lucky to be surrounded by such a supportive community. The first years at school are so vital in a child’s education and I truly believe that the teachers at Helensville are the very best there is. I aim to create an environment in my class where children feel valued and have the greatest opportunities to be the very best they can be. I believe that we are all lifelong learners and should encourage children to embrace challenges while being free to be who they are. I have two beautiful children of my own and along with my husband, we love to hang out at Muriwai beach and spend time with our extended families
Miss Tracey Buchanan
Kowhai Āwhina – Year 1
I have the wonderful privilege of teaching students at Helensville Primary. Beginning school is such an exciting stage in a child’s life; I believe it is imperative to provide a fun and positive classroom for children to embark this life long journey of learning. School wide, I try to encourage children to find alternative ways of getting to school such as walking, cycling, scootering or busing. At Helensville Primary I try to encourage in-school events that get our children “TravelWise” active for the sake of their own health, for the sake of the environment and to just have good old fashioned fun!
Mrs Nikita Riggans
Kowhai Āwhina – Year 1
Hi, my name is Nikita. I started relieving at Helensville in 2017 and then became full time in 2018 after finishing my maternity leave. I thoroughly enjoy working the staff, community and students in this area. In my spare time I spend time with my husband and my one year old boy. We love being at the beach, walking our dogs and going on holidays to see more of our beautiful country. I’m hoping to tour the South Island in my travels.
Mrs Courtney Valk
Room 3 – Year 1/2
I have been teaching since 2010 and absolutely love what I do. I love making my class an engaging and motivating environment where students are comfortable and confident. It is my job to support and encourage students to do their best, take risks and follow their passions. I think it is very important to take the time to connect with each student and their whanau, to build good partnerships where we work together to make sure that your children are successful and really enjoy school. I am very family orientated and feel that my class is always an extension of family. I have 2 beautiful boys who make each day more amazing than the last and a husband who always supports my crazy teacher ideas that I think up on the weekends. I am so glad to be a part of the Helensville community and work at such an amazing school.
Ms Fran Holmes
Room 4 – Year 1/2
Tena Koutou! My name is Fran Holmes. I have worked at Helensville Primary School since 2010, as a Teacher’s Aide. I spent the last four years studying to become a teacher and am so excited to finally have my own class. I believe that as teachers, we have the task of setting up our children to be life long learners. I am therefore, planning my year to be a happy, fun-filled but challenging learning experience for my children and also for myself. My goal for this year is to identify and nurture the potential in all of my children, by using positive affirmation to build up their senses of self and by encouraging them to try new things. I think teachers are instrumental in building the citizens of tomorrow and I am honoured to be sharing my year with your children.
Mr Jed Stanton
Room 2 – Year 1/2
Hello there, I’m Jed Stanton and I am a beginning teacher here at Helensville Primary. I am a long time local and live walking distance from this wonderful school. Helensville Primary is a great place where the staff all work together to create the best possible learning environment for our students. My classroom is a place where the lessons are as meaningful as possible for my students – whether we taste jelly, squash bananas or singe paper, it is important to give students something real and tangible to connect their lessons to. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team here at Helensville Primary and continuing to be a part of this great community here in Helensville.
Mrs Kim Godek
Room 21 – Year 3/4
Hi, my name is Kim Godek and I am excited to be apart of the teaching staff at Helensville School. My family and I moved to your community in 2012 and I can easily say it is the best decision we made. I have been teaching for many years, across all levels from Years 0-8. I am passionate about education and I strive to make all learning experiences meaningful and fun for my students. I feel as though the classroom should be a safe environment where learners can take risks, challenge themselves, share their skills and make most out of every day. In my spare time outside of the classroom you will most probably find me playing with my two kids on the sand dunes or sharing the torpedo fishing jobs with my husband Daniel on Muriwai Beach. I feel very lucky to be working and living in the Helensville Community and I am very much looking forward to my time teaching at this exceptional school.
Mrs Julie Hudson
Room 17 – Year 3/4
Kia Ora. I’m Julie and I am very fortunate to be teaching in the junior team at Helensville Primary School – and what a fantastic school to be part of. In short, the staff work together to support each other which reflects in the children’s learning. “Where we know what it is to be a learner”. I believe children need to be involved when understanding new concepts so they can equip themselves in understanding how to build resilience, resourcefulness, reciprocity and reflectiveness. I am certain if all children can recognise how they learn they will be able to explore the many other strategies that are available to them. I live on the Hibiscus Coast and spend most of my time with my family. Living by the beach brings many opportunities of riding our bikes around the estuary, eating ice creams and walking the beautiful Orewa Beach. I am looking forward to being part of Helensville Primary School and your ever growing community.
Miss Stephanie Greenhalgh
Currently on maternity leave
Hi my name is Stephanie Greenhalgh. I started at Helensville Primary School in 2013 in the Lower Middle Team. I love being part of a friendly, talented and supportive school. I am passionate about teaching and learning and I want to provide children with a supportive classroom environment, where they are able to take risks, aim high and enjoy their time at school. In my spare time you will find me catching up with family and friends or at the beach. I live in Albany, yet love the close community feel the school and area offers. I’m really looking forward to the learning that we are going to share and growing alongside my students as I settle further into school life here at Helensville Primary School.
Miss Kimberley Gray
Room 20 – Year 3/4
Hi, my name is Kimberley Gray and I began working at Helensville in 2018. As a local to Helensville, it is fantastic being able to work in and contribute to, my own community.
My background in special education gave me many skills that allow me to support a range of learners, but my belief that education should be inclusive has bought me to mainstream.
In my spare time I like to watch my own children play sports, spend time at our family bach, bake and have recently taken up gardening.
Room 18- Year 3/4
I’m Kylie and I’ve recently reskilled from early childhood education to primary education. It is an incredible opportunity to work with your tamariki at Helensville Primary and go through this amazing learning journey with them and you. I have four children at home – one in primary, two in high school and one who is working as a dairy farmer. My husband and I are also dairy farmers in the beautiful South Head and we spend a lot of time with our kids at home, enjoying them while we can. It takes a lot of slow to grow, our tamariki deserve the opportunity to become the best they can be in the right time for them.
Miss Jessa Cochrane
Room 19- Year 3/4
I am thrilled to be joining the Helensville Primary School community! As a teacher, I want to inspire critical thinkers and problem solvers who value relationships, ask big questions and seek deep understandings. I cannot think of a better job than one that allows me to help guide the discoveries and growth of young learners.
Miss Deb Franke
Room 16 Year 5/6
Kia ora. I’m Deb Franke, the team leader of the awesome Rata team. I’m really excited to be part of Helensville Primary School and feel so welcome and supported in our wonderful learning community. Throughout my teaching career I have taught in South Auckland, Marlborough, North and West Auckland, with experience teaching from Year 3-8. I love teaching and learning with fantastic colleagues and amazing children. I enjoy establishing a positive and fun learning environment where children feel safe to take risks and aim high to reach their learning goals. It’s going to be a great year.
Mrs Bronwyn Conlogue
Room 10 Year 5/6
Tena Koutou Katoa! I am looking forward to being a part of the Helensville School whanau this year. I already feel totally welcome and supported by the superb Rata Team. I have been teaching for a number of years from New Entrant level to Year 8. My teaching philosophy that all students’ abilities and intelligence can grow though hard work, effective strategies and input from others resounds in the Helensville School motto to ‘Aim High’. I absolutely love my job and the privilege of working with every child to instill resilience, a love of learning and the expectation of success.
I have 3 grown children and one grandson and live with my wonderful husband Paul, a local drum teacher. In my spare time, I enjoy playing drums, photographing local events or scenes, gardening, scuba diving or enjoying the beach.
Mrs Tania McCorkindale
Room 16 – Year 5/6
I have been teaching for a number of years and never lose the feeling of achievement when I see students inspired with what they are learning. I enjoy teaching all ages. I live in Waimauku on a small lifestyle block with a couple of horses, sheep dogs and chooks.
Miss Maiken Jordan
Room 11 – Year 5/6
Hi my name is Maiken Jordan and I am new to Helensville Primary School. I started teaching in Early Childhood then went back to University to make the move into primary teaching. I feel very privileged to be part of this encouraging and supportive community. I am looking forward to my next step in my teaching journey. I never get tired of learning and hope to be able to pass on my enthusiasm to the students at Helensville School.
Miss Maddison Tuffley
Room 11 – Year 5/6
Miss Alana Mill
Room 15 – Year 7/8
Hi, I am Alana Mill and I am currently team leader for the fabulous Rimu Team.
Every day I get to work with amazing colleagues and talented students who make my job fun and interesting. I love it! I enjoy teaching students of all ages because of the enthusiasm and varied perspectives they bring to the classroom, but the senior students at Helensville School have definitely won me over.
I love playing sports, dancing and swimming, and I am passionate about art. I enjoy passing on my knowledge, skills and enthusiasm in these areas, to my students.
Mrs Nicole Stokes
Room 14 – Year 7/8
I have been teaching at Helensville Primary for the last five years and currently teach our wonderful Year 7/8 students.
I have previously taught at Waimauku and Parakai Primary Schools before taking time off from full-time teaching to raise a family. I have three sons, who attend Helensville Primary School.
I have grown up in the Kaipara area, went to Kaipara College and still live here. I love the area and the warm community feeling you get from only living in a small New Zealand town.
The school motto reflects my own teaching philosophy as I strive to Aim High in everything I do and encourage my students to do the same.
Mrs Laura Clayton
Room 23 – Year 7/8
Hi, my name is Laura Clayton and I am so excited to be stepping into room 23 for the term. I have been teaching since 2014 and relieving at Helensville since my family and I moved into the area a year ago. I have two preschool aged boys at home who keep us on our toes. We are often seen out in the community on weekends, riding bikes, walking the main strip or flying kites!
Mrs Raine Terry
Currently on Leave
Hi, my name is Raine. I have been teaching Primary School level since 2017 and teaching ballet since 2010. I love working with the students and watching them grow. My door is always open to come and have a chat or see what the class is up to.
Mrs Jennie Clark
Room 24 – Year 7/8
I am so excited to be part of the Rimu team at Helensville Primary school. I have been teaching since 2001 and still love it!
As a teacher in the 21st century I believe learning should be fun, flexible and provide a pathway for each student to work toward becoming not only independent and confident thinkers, but wise ones as well. I love the school motto of ‘Aim High’ as not only do I hold high expectations of myself but also of all students as this allows them to achieve their potential and develop a great level of self-worth.
I live in Helensville with my husband and two daughters who both attend Helensville Primary School. In my spare time I love to read books and spend time with friends and family.
Whaea Waratah Taogaga
Te Reo Kaiako
Tena Koutou Katoa! My name is Waratah Taogaga, a recent graduate from The University of Auckland. I am very privileged to be teaching at my old primary school and to be working alongside the junior team and future leaders of Aotearoa. Education has always been a passion of mine, as it is a profession that is forever developing and one that comes with many rewards. I have a baby boy and a great partner who is also a teacher. My family speaks fluent Maori and are very passionate about cultures as we have a strong Maori, Samoan and Australian Aboriginal lineage. I am excited to see what 2019 brings and what better way to start my teaching career than in my haukainga- Home.
I have been teaching for a number of years at varying age levels. I enjoy working at Helensville Primary especially with the awesome children and wonderful staff. I have three beautiful children who are at different levels of schooling. In my spare time you will find me playing lawn bowls at the local bowls club, reading or assisting my children’s varying sporting activities. I am looking forward to an exciting and fun year of learning with the children.
Mr Paul Smith
Mrs Louise Painton
Mrs Michelle Colson