Cindy Walsh

Position: Principal
Phone: Phone: 09 360 1572 Mobile: 021 333 742

Areas of leadership: School Vision and Strategic Direction

Cindy 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. Through her leadership the school is well placed to deliver quality education outcomes for learners at Freemans Bay School.


Helen Armstrong

Position: Deputy Principal (Engagement Leader)

Areas of leadership: Professional Learning, Staffing, Partnerships, Literacy

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 (Empowerment Leader)

Areas of leadership: Learning Support (SENCO), Digital Technology and eLearning, Staffing (Learning Assistants and ESOL), Partnerships, Internationals Students, Health & Safety

Sinead has been teaching in New Zealand for over 10 years. She was the Deputy Principal at Red Beach where she led Maths and Science, Community Engagement and Wellbeing.   She is passionate about empowering students to be the best learners that they can be. Sinead thrives on future-focused learning and supporting teachers in being innovative. Sinead has three teenage children and lives on a farm with sheep, goats and a funny dog called Taffy ! She 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.

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.

Troy Lunn

Position: Whānau Puna Team Leader; Whānau Puna - Year 3 and 4 Teacher

Areas of Leadership: Whānau Puna 

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.

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), Ka Hui Ako Within School Teacher (WST)

Larissa has a Bachelor of Education (Primary). She has a strength in literacy and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator. She likes to use inclusive technology to enrich student learning. 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 her leadership by managing the Peer Mediation programme and mentoring others.

Anne Cawley (on Sabbatical until Term 4 2021)

Position: ESOL Team Leader and Teacher

Areas of leadership: ESOL; Enviroschools

Anne is the ESOL team leader for the school. The team deliver ESOL programmes across the school to students who have English as a second language.  She is passionate about the environment and is responsible for the school’s Enviroschool commitment. Anne has recently returned from studying to complete her Masters degree.


Shelley Duncan

Position: Digital Technology Specialist Teacher; Digital Technology and eLearning Leader

Areas of leadership: elearning and Digital Technology

Shelley is skilled in the area of Digital Technologies and elearning and loves to share these skills with her students across the school. Shelley co-leads the school in this area and supports staff and students with their learning. She also enjoys outdoor education and loves to stretch her students with their thinking.