Sandra Jenkins

Position: Principal
Phone: 09 360 1572

Areas of leadership: School Vision and Strategic Direction

Sandy is an experienced school principal. She is passionate about leading Freemans Bay School to engage, empower and enrich students’ learning to prepare them for their journey into the twenty-first century. Sandy completed her MEd (First Class Honours) at the University of Auckland, 2010. She was awarded the ASB/APPA travelling fellowship and utilised this to travel overseas during 2013, where she focused on researching alignment of school design and school curriculum. Through her leadership the school is well placed to deliver quality education outcomes for learners at Freemans Bay School.

MEd (1st Class Hons), Advanced Dip Tching, Dip Tching

Helen Armstrong

Position: Deputy Principal

Helen is an experienced leader. She has previously been Deputy Principal, SENCO and Literacy Leader at Oranga School, and prior to that, was a Team Leader, Literacy Leader and acting Deputy Principal at Kohimarama school. She has experience teaching at all levels, from Year 0 – Year 8.  She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Literacy Education (with Distinction), a SPELD certificate, and has nearly finished her MEd.  Helen’s passion is in empowering students to make a positive difference in our world, and developing confident, resilient life-long learners.  Helen is a mother to three children, and in her spare time, she loves to garden, read, knit and camp and explore beautiful remote parts of New Zealand with her husband.

Sinead Heckett

Position: Deputy Principal

Sinead has been teaching in New Zealand for over 10 years. She is responsible for learning support for our tamariki and is passionate about empowering students to be the best learners that they can be. Sinead enjoys travel and culture and is excited to be part of such a welcoming and diverse community.

Whaea Machelle

Position: Enrichment Learning Leader; Associate Principal; Whānau Ata Team Leader; Whānau Ata Kaiako; TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Across School Leader

Areas of leadership: Whānau Ata, Marautanga Learning Design, Ka Hikitea and TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Across School Leader

Machelle is the team leader of  Whānau Ata Rumaki Reo.  The whānau is based on the principles on Kaupapa Maori which recognises, values and validates Te Reo me Ona Tikanga. She teaches Year 5 and 6.

Rebecca Chan

Position: Whānau Rau Tahi Team Leader; Whānau Rau Tahi- New Entrant Teacher

Areas of leadership: Whānau Rau Tahi

Rebecca works with local Early Childhood centres on transition to school programmes and runs preschool visits at Freemans Bay.

Larissa Goebel

Position: Whānau Wai Team Leader; Whānau Wai - Year 5 and 6 Teacher

Areas of leadership: Whānau Wai and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Larissa has a Bachelor of Education (Primary). She has a strength in literacy and Digital Technologies. She also completed her postgraduate studies at The Mind Lab. Larissa focuses on students’ well-being and social outcomes, as well as academic achievements. Larissa looks for ways to strengthen student leadership by managing the Peer Mediation programme and organising the Eco Warriors teams.


Troy Lunn

Position: Whānau Puna Team Leader; Whānau Puna - Year 3 and 4 Teacher; TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Within School Leader

Areas of Leadership: Whānau Puna; TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Within School Leader

Troy is a innovative and energetic teacher who enjoys helping children to discover their passions. He has strengths teaching in the digital technologies, PE and mathematics. Troy has a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from the University of Auckland and has been teaching students from a variety of cultural backgrounds for the last 5 years.

Jo Watson

Position: Whānau Rau Rua Team Leader; Whānau Rau Rua - Year 1 and 2 Teacher

Areas of leadership: Whānau Rau Rua, Art and BOT Staff Representative

Jo is an experienced teacher who has worked in many levels.  She is currently a team leader as well as a classroom teacher in the Year 1 and 2 area.  Jo is passionate about children’s learning and strives to help them experience success while also having fun.  Jo is the teacher in charge of Art.  She plans the annual Freemans Bay School art exhibition which takes place in Term 3.  Jo is also the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.

Poulami Bhandari

Position: Learning Assistant

Poulami is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children on specific programmes developed to support their needs.

Adele Croucher

Position: Whānau Wai - Year 5 and 6 Teacher; eLearning and Digital Technology Leader

Areas of leadership: eLearning and Digital Technology

Adele has worked different roles in various multicultural settings where children have always been the stars of the show. She is passionate about music and dance and loves to see students thrive and express themselves in creative ways. Adele has a vested interest in how technology can be used to enhance the children’s learning, how they can use it share their work and start to impact their community.

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