Our Team

Owhiro Bay School Staff

The school currently has six full time permanent teachers. Our classes are organised as follows;

  • Three parallel classes of Years 4-6
  • Two parallel classes of Years 2-3
  • One Reception/Year 1 class

The Principal is fully released to manage the school.

The management team at Owhiro Bay School includes the Principal and the Deputy Principal.

Fulltime

  • Tineke Giddy – Principal – principal@owhiro.school.nz
  • Vikki Martin – Deputy Principal/Teacher Year 4-6 (Room 1) – vikki@owhiro.school.nz
  • Niky Clegg – Teacher Years 4/5/6  (Room 3) – niky@owhiro.school.nz
  • Julie Bennett – Teacher Years 4/5/6 (Room 1) – julie@owhiro.school.nz
  • Jo Sciascia – Teacher Year 2-3 (Room 6) – jo@owhiro.school.nz
  • Chloe Meffan – Teacher Year 2-3 (Room 7) chloe@owhiro.school.nz
  • Carmel Chamberlain – Teacher Year 1 Harakeke (Room 5) carmel@owhiro.school.nz

Part-time teachers

  • Sherwin Mottram – Management and Classroom Release – sherwin@owhiro.school.nz
  • Richard Dobson – Classroom Release – richard@owhiro.school.nz

Support Staff

  • Wendy Davenport – Office Manager – office@owhiro.school.nz
  • Joanne Leggett – Accounts Manager
  • Helen Orange – Teacher Aide
  • Alex McKewen – Teacher Aide
  • Jude Maich

Grounds

  • Professional Garden Services Lawns

After School Care

  • Enjoy

Further Links

Board of Trustees

Owhiro Bay Kindergarten

Meet the team …

 

Tineke Giddy
Principal
Kia ora, My name is Tineke Giddy, I have been the leading learner at Owhiro Bay School for the past four years. With a roll of around 140 students from Years 1 to 6, I pride myself on knowing each student by name and as an individual learner. Owhiro Bay School is in the heart of the Owhiro Bay Learning Community, which encompasses Owhiro Bay Kindergarten. We are fortunate to have some of the largest play spaces and grounds in Wellington allowing students to experience and explore the natural environment. My skilled team teach multi-level classrooms offering a broad range of learning opportunities within our whānau atmosphere. We model the values of respect, originality, confidence, kindness and success in all it’s forms. Owhiro Bay School ROCKS!
Vikki Martin
Deputy Principal/Learning Support Coordinator/Teacher Mahuri
Kia ora koutou, my name is Vikki Martin I have taught for over 15 years and have been at Owhiro Bay School since 2014. I have a daughter who attends Owhiro Bay Kindergarten and I love being part of the Owhiro Bay Learning Community. Teaching mathematics is a passion of mine, as well as Kapa Haka. I also have a strong belief in teaching children resilience, a growth mindset and independence in order for them to be life-long learners. In my spare time I am an avid watcher of sport, particularly football and netball. I also love to sing and am part of the Faultline Chorus barbershop group.
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Niky Clegg
Teacher Māhuri
Ngā mihi koutou. For the last 11 years I have been living in Wellington, having moved from Hamilton. I have also taught singing as an itinerant music teacher. I have a passion for writing, my favourite subject, and I share this passion with my students. Recently, I published my first children’s book, The Summit of the Gods. It is written as a Māori legend in both English and Te Reo Māori. I live with my husband, and our adult daughter. I have another daughter, who lives in Brisbane. Both of my children are chefs. I have two Ocicats, Makeda and Imhotep, and they are my fur-babies. One of my hobbies is playing computer games.
Chloe Meffan
Teacher Whanake
Kia Ora koutou, I am originally from Whakatane and have been living in Wellington since 2015. I graduated with a physical education degree from Otago University in Dunedin and also completed a graduate diploma in primary teaching at Victoria University. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking as well as being outdoors, doing physical activity.
Jo Sciascia
Teacher Whanake
Kia ora koutou, I am thrilled to join the Owhiro Bay team this year teaching in Whanake. I moved to Wellington from Napier in 2006 to study History and returned to University to train as a teacher in 2013. Since then I have loved being a part of the teaching community in Wellington. I live in the Aro Valley and love waking up to the sound of kaka squawking, kereru swooping and tui singing in the trees outside! When I'm not at school I can mostly be found trying to keep fit at CrossFit Central Wellington and learning a variety of gymnastics and weight lifting skills.
Carmel Chamberlain
Teacher Harakeke
Kia ora koutou, I really enjoy working with Year 1 children and seeing their transformation from preschoolers into independent learners. My teaching passions are literacy and the arts. My programme is fully grounded in the fundamentals but we have plenty of time for magic and fun. I taught pre-school music classes for several years and I am very keen to involve students in music of any form. I am an enthusiastic gardener and encourage students to be Kaitiaki of our environment. I love to be active and enjoy cycling and tramping and support active play at school. I have returned to Wellington after a lengthy stint teaching in Thailand which allowed me to travel extensively. I found working and living amidst another culture very rewarding and I relish the multi-cultural aspects of our community.
Julie Bennett
Teacher Mahuri
Kia Ora koutou, my name is Julie Bennett. I have joined the Owhiro Bay team this year, and love being part of Mahuri and the school community. My teaching journey started in Japan where I taught English for five years. I returned with my partner and cat in tow, so I could study to be a teacher and be closer to my nieces and nephews. I love teaching language, drama and technology as a way to express ourselves and to connect with others. In my spare time I enjoy the company of my car, quizzing and video games.