Back Row: Connall Crafts, Rita Jacobson, Dan Cowie, Tracey Wearing (Principal), Maddie Cowie
Front Row: Emma Parnwell, Mandy McQuarrie, Jill Heaps (Deputy Principal), Rachel Hackett, Selena Robbins
Absent: Ketrina Waltho, Jacqueline Pretty
Tracey Wearing ~ Principal
Tracey originally joined the team in November 2013 as a result of roll growth and enjoyed teaching the middle years in Wakamarina Learning Area. Her learning environment is ordered, organised and on task. She then moved to teaching the juniors in Kaituna Learning Area for three years. Tracey's most recent teaching experience, prior to being appointed Principal in 2020, was with the seniors in the Pelorus Learning Area, while also training for Reading Recovery throughout. Tracey is committed, self-motivated, friendly and approachable.
Tracey likes to keep active and does so by engaging in a range of outdoor activities with friends and family such as horse riding, kayaking, riding her dirt bike and fishing. Other hobbies of interest are IT and photography.
Tracey was appointed Principal mid 2020, and now teaches across all four classes, providing release for teachers, in order to maintain her passion for working directly with the kids.
Amanda Cockburn ~ Deputy Principal/Pelorus Teacher
Amanda has been teaching for nearly 20 years, working first as a teacher aide, both at her own children's schools and Linwood High in Christchurch. She has worked in year 7-8, 5-6, 3-4 and at the end of last year 2-3 in Kenepuru. She loves books, reading and writing and problem solving - but really enjoys the arts, drama and big projects, like wearable arts, building huts and pet houses and whole school productions. Amanda is very much looking forward to using her passions and skills in Pelorus this year.
In her spare time Amanda loves cooking and gardening and spending time with her 6 grandchildren, both at home and in the Sounds. She also has three dogs, sheep and chickens, which keep her very busy when not at school!
Maddie and Dan Cowie - Wakamarina Teachers
Dan and Maddie Cowie will have the privilege of teaching your wonderful students in the Wakamarina Classroom this year at Havelock School. They will be alternating week by week.
As husband and wife, they are very much a team and their program will run with complete cohesion. Dan comes from an engineering background and will be manning the science/Inquiry and Maths program. Maddie has used her skills to build out a fun, interactive and balanced Literacy program. Students will engage in reading, writing, and maths every day of the week.
Emma Parnwell ~ Kaituna Teacher
Emma has been with us since 2020, she has a passion for incorporating fun, hands-on learning wherever possible, with a balance of structured and explicit teaching, striving to create a classroom where all students are excited to come to school!
Emma has grown up in the Marlborough Region, spending her time exploring the outdoors. In her spare time you can find Emma camping, hunting, fishing, free-diving, gardening, or at the beach relaxing!
Emma is thrilled to continue her teaching career at Havelock School.
Mandy McQuarrie ~ Executive Officer/Secretary
It is Mandy's voice you're most likely to hear when making contact via the phone or meet when calling at reception. Her jobs are many and varied and she is adept at multi-tasking. She deals with first aid, phone calls, finance, mail, stationery, copying you name it - very much the office anchor.
Apart from looking after all of us at school Mandy has daughters and horses that absorb pretty much of what remains during any given week.
Selena Robbins ~ Learning Support & LAT
Selena joined us in 2016, initially working with ESOL students and those requiring assistance with Speech & Language Therapy. She is dedicated to the profession, having trained as a Level 4 Learning Assistant, adding numerous professional development courses and skills to her repertoire throughout the years; working with Autism, learning Te Reo & NZ Sign Language, Yolanda Soryl Literacy and most recently being recognised as an LAT, giving Selena a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT). All of this makes Selena a true asset to Havelock School. She is highly dedicated to the school, staff, students and whanau, always looking out for our well-being.
John Burgess ~ Grounds/Caretaker
John joined our team in December, 2022. He has a wealth of experience in gardening and caring for grounds. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated carer for our grounds.
Cleaner - TBC
Rita Jacobson ~ Library Assistant
Rita joined the school in 1997 as the school's library assistant. Although not a full-time position Rita spends half of her time working with students and half maintaining the community side of the library. Rita is on-site Tuesdays but spends significant hours in addition doing library work.
The rest of Rita's schedule is hugely busy. Involved in a range of community organisations. Her interests and abilities are applied as Secretary of the Community Library, co-ordinating the Havelock Community Education Service organising adult education since the mid 1990's and working with other organisations such as Havelock Vision 2020 and Pelorus Hub. Since 1998 she has been the Secretary/Treasurer of the Havelock Museum, she also created and administers the Pelorus People web site. Frankly we're surprised she turns up for work at all. Oh and Rita also does art and has such a good garden it hosts tours. Phew!