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, Deputy Principal and the RTLB Cluster Manager.

We are the Lead School for Resource Teachers of Learning Behaviour (Cluster 28). Our 37 RTLB are based in central Wellington and Titahi Bay.


  • Tineke Giddy – Principal – principal@owhiro.school.nz
  • Vikki Martin – Deputy Principal – vikki@owhiro.school.nz
  • Vaughan Smith – Teacher Years 4/5/6 (Room 1 – Term 4) vaughan@owhiro.school.nz
  • Niky Clegg – Teacher Years 4/5/6  (Room 3) – niky@owhiro.school.nz
  • Hireke Zygadlo – Teacher Years 4/5/6 (Room 2) – hireke@owhiro.school.nz
  • Jo Sciascia – Teacher Year 2-3 (Room 6) – jo@owhiro.school.nz
  • Rowena Johnstone- Teachers Year 2-3  (Room 7) – rowena@owhiro.school.nz
  • Nicola McKevitt- Teacher Year 1 Harakeke (Room 4) nicola@owhiro.school.nz
  • Chloe Fretwell – Teacher Year 1 Harakeke (Room 5) chloe@owhiro.school.nz


Part-time teachers

  • Amie Roberts – Reading Recovery, Management and Classroom Release – amie@owhiro.school.nz

Support Staff

  • Wendy Davenport – Office Manager – office@owhiro.school.nz
  • Joanne Leggett – Accounts Manager
  • Maria Bowley – Teacher Aide
  • Helen Orange – Teacher Aide


  • Professional Garden Services Lawns

After School Care

  • Pridelands

Further Links

Board of Trustees

Owhiro Bay Kindergarten


Meet the team …


Tineke Giddy
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, encompassing Owhiro Bay Kindergarten and Ngā Hau e Whā Cluster 28 RTLB-Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour. 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
Kia ora koutou. I was originally born in the UK, moving here with my family when I was 9 years old. Although I have been in NZ for the majority of my life, I’m still a little torn when England play NZ at anything! I have taught for 13 years and have been at Owhiro Bay School for 5 years. Teaching mathematics is a passion of mine, as well as Kapa Haka and Reading. 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, which will be competing in St Louis, Missouri later in 2018 at the international competition.
Niky Clegg
Teacher Room 2
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. My goals this year are to relearn the guitar, and finish my second children’s book, Hawk Dreams.
Amie Roberts
Kia ora. I have lived in Wellington my entire life and love it. I am both a trained primary and early childhood teacher and have a passion for teaching children social competency skills that enable them to become confident and competent life-long learners. I enjoy working alongside families to build a sense of community as it really does take a village to raise a child. I have been a part of an EnviroSchool programme for the last year and have enjoyed inspiring children towards sustainable practices and reigniting their enjoyment of the outdoors. I have three children, two who attend Owhiro Bay School and my youngest attends Owhiro Bay Kindergarten. I spend my weekends playing netball and pottering around in my garden.
Hireke Zygadlo
Kia ora, I have recently moved to Wellington from London where I was teaching a Year 2 class. This was an amazing experience and I also managed to visit some amazing European countries including Poland, where my mum was born. I am originally from Christchurch and previously taught there for 2 years in a bilingual unit. I am excited to be teaching at Owhiro Bay School and am looking forward to sharing my passion of Te Reo Maori and Science with you all. I am delighted to join the Mahuri team and can’t wait to meet everyone. In my spare time I am going to explore Wellington city and make the most of being back around nature - hopefully spending my fair share of weekends camping, skiing and swimming.
Nicola McKevitt
Kia ora, I am really looking forward to being part of the Owhiro Bay team this year and working with you! I am originally from Wellington and taught here for a number of years before moving to the UK for my OE. It was a wonderful time of immersing myself in diverse cultures, teaching and travelling. I returned two years ago to taking up a teaching job in Auckland. All up, I have 11 years of teaching experience behind me, half of which has been in the Junior School. I am passionate in finding childrens unique strengths and helping them to become independent learners. I am really excited to be back in Wellington where my family lives and also to have the privilege of welcoming children into Owhiro Bay School. Please come and introduce yourself to me if you see me around.
Chloe Fretwell
Kia Ora koutou, I am originally from Whakatane and have been living in Wellington for the last 3 years. I graduated with a physical education degree from Otago University in Dunedin and also completed a graduate diploma in primary teaching at Victoria University. I’m really looking forward to my second year of teaching in Harakeke. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking as well as being outdoors doing physical activity.
Jo Sciascia
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.
Rowena Johnstone