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Staff at Wentworth

Bruce Tong

Bruce Tong

Principal

M.ED. ADMIN., B.ED., DIP.TCHG.

btong@wentworth.school.nz
Bruce’s previous appointment was Deputy Principal at Westlake Boys’ High School. He has a wealth of educational experience within both the primary and secondary service including responsibilities for strategic planning, school-wide curriculum development and management of college pastoral care and guidance. Bruce is a keen sportsman and has managed and coached rowing and hockey to a senior level.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee

Head of College

M.A.(HONS), DIP.SCH.MGMT., DIP.TCHG.

plee@wentworth.school.nz
Philip joined Wentworth at the end of 2011. Previously he had been a foundation staff member and Assistant Principal at ACG Senior College, and before that taught English and Drama and worked with pastoral care teams in a number of secondary schools in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. In 2006 Philip was awarded an “Excellence in Teaching Award” and has a particular interest in developing excellence in teaching and learning. For leisure, Philip likes to read, garden, walk his dog or attend music and drama performances.

Sarah Banyard

Sarah Banyard

Director of School Operations, and Head of Faculty – Mathematics

B.ED., DIP.TCHG

sbanyard@wentworth.school.nz
Sarah has been teaching Mathematics for many years.  She joined Wentworth as Head of Mathematics in January 2008, having taught for 19 Years at a private boarding school in England (Millfield) and also at Westlake Boys High School. Sarah is passionate about her subject and the need for all students to have a good grounding in Mathematics. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening and reading.

Primary Staff

Kurt Dorset

Kurt Dorset

Head of Primary

B.Ed., G.DIP.TCHG. (PRIMARY)

kdorset@wentworth.school.nz
Kurt joined Wentworth this year following 11 Years at Saint Kentigern Boys’ School. He has held many management roles over his time and brings with him a great deal of experience in the areas of curriculum and enhancing teaching practise. Kurt enjoys playing and following a wide variety of sports and spending time with his wife and two young sons.

Shelli McLeish

Shelli McLeish

Assistant Head of Primary, Teacher Year 0/1

BA (AUCKLAND), GDIP TCHG (PRIMARY)

smcleish@wentworth.school.nz
Shelli completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in both Education and Psychology before returning to university to train as a teacher. Shelli enjoys working in the junior school assisting our newest students to build the foundations they need to become life-long learners. Prior to teaching Shelli spent time in the corporate world working with iconic New Zealand and international brands. Shelli loves spending time with her family and enjoys travelling.

Donna Smallman

Donna Smallman

Teacher Year 0/1

BA (HONS)

dsmallman@wentworth.school.nz
Donna joined Wentworth Primary School in 2020.  Donna completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honors, majoring in Primary Education and Citizenship in 2010 in the UK. Donna has worked across the Primary years from Year 0 to Year 6 and has also taught children and young adults with complex learning and medical needs. Donna moved to New Zealand with her family in August 2018, teaching at ACG Sunderland and then Milford School. Donna has quickly fallen in love with New Zealand, the culture, the people, the lifestyle and the stunning scenery. She enjoys exploring New Zealand, spending quality time with friends and family, and reading.

Shona Clark

Shona Clark

Teacher Year 2

B.A., DIP.TCHG.

sclark@wentworth.school.nz
Shona completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and English at Massey University before training as a teacher through Victoria University. She loves hearing the funny stories her class tell her and enjoys seeing her students learn and grow throughout the year. Shona enjoys walking her dog, swimming, reading, and spending time with her husband and their two school-aged daughters.

Suzanne Woolf

Suzanne Woolf

Teacher Year 3

B.A., DIP.TCHG.

swoolf@wentworth.school.nz
Suzanne completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Education and Psychology at the University of Auckland, before attending the Auckland College of Education to train as a teacher. She has taught at schools in the city as well as Whangaparaoa Primary and Stanmore Bay Primary here on the coast. Suzanne enjoys teaching all subjects, and has a particular interest in the area of Art, having tutored children’s art at the Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa. In her leisure time Suzanne loves to spend time with her family exploring New Zealand in their retro caravan, swimming, bodysurfing and paddleboarding. She also enjoys her own art projects including upcycling furniture and making ceramic pendants.

Anna Hewertson

Anna Hewertson

Teacher Year 4

B.ED.

ahewertson@wentworth.school.nz
Anna completed a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in Primary at Auckland University. Prior to training as a teacher Anna was awarded a Bachelor of Design at Unitec majoring in Interior Design. Anna has a penchant for teaching Art and creates possibilities to apply learning in creative ways in other curriculum areas. She loves nurturing the students in her class in order for them to reach their full potential. Anna enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and spending quality time with her partner and young adult children.

Clare Fielding

Clare Fielding

Teacher Year 5

B.A. (HONS).

cfielding@wentworth.school.nz
Clare completed her degree in primary teaching in the UK in 2010. Following this, she taught in primary schools in Cheshire where she lived with her family. Clare moved to New Zealand in August 2016, where she taught at Stanmore Bay Intermediate before joining Wentworth in 2019. She loves living and teaching in New Zealand and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, exploring everything the country has to offer. Clare also enjoys taking her dog for walks and reading.

Heath Boot

Heath Boot

Teacher Year 5

BSc (Hons), PGDip

hboot@wentworth.school.nz
Heath joined Wentworth in 2022 following two years at Silverdale School. Prior to teaching, he had a career in advertising spanning over 20 years culminating in being a partner in a successful agency. In 2018, an opportunity to change direction beckoned which Heath grabbed with both hands, heading back to university to study for a post graduate diploma in teaching. He hasn’t looked back. This unusual path into education brings a different skill set and great level of experience. Despite only just joining the Wentworth team, he is not new to the school with his daughter graduating from Wentworth in 2020. Outside of school, he is a keen sportsman and now enjoys staying fit swimming, running and playing squash and spending time with his family.

Christine Sancto

Christine Sancto

Teacher Year 6

L.L.B. (HONS), PGCE, EYPS

csancto@wentworth.school.nz
Christine qualified as a solicitor and worked as a legal researcher and law librarian before retraining as a primary teacher in the early 1990s, She has over twenty years teaching experience and has held a variety of curriculum responsibilities. After a career break to spend time with her children, Christine retrained as an Early Years Professional, working in private nurseries and Children’s Centres to set up quality learning environments for the under-fives. She recently moved to New Zealand with her family and enjoys theatre, reading and exploring the outdoors.

Teresa King

Teresa King

Teacher Year 6

B.ED.

tking@wentworth.school.nz
Teresa is an experienced teacher having taught at Matakana and Stanmore Bay Schools. Teresa’s expertise in numeracy lead her to be appointed as a numeracy advisor for the Auckland University’s “Team Solutions” team, advising teachers throughout Rodney. Teresa’s strengths also include Art, Information Technology and accelerated learning strategies.

Angela Mandeville

Angela Mandeville

Receptionist / School Administrator

amandeville@wentworth.school.nz
Angela is the first point of contact for parents at the Reception of Wentworth Primary School.   As well as acting as Admissions Registrar for prospective parents, Angela is also responsible for all administration duties at the Primary School and provides administration support to the Head of Primary.  Angela has a Bachelor of Business and a background in human resource management and support administration within private and public sectors. Angela enjoys keeping busy with her children and supporting and participating within the local community.

College Staff

Sharon Addis

Sharon Addis

Teacher of Global Perspectives

B.SOC.SCI, DIP.TCHG

saddis@wentworth.school.nz
Sharon gained her Bachelor of Social Science at Waikato University in Geography and her Diploma in Teaching at Auckland College of Education. She has taught Social Studies, Geography, Maths, English and P.E. in a variety of settings including New Zealand, India, Northern Ireland and the USA. After working as a Head of Department in 3 different colleges, Sharon took a break from the classroom and joined the staff of World Vision New Zealand as an Education Officer, developing curriculum resources and supporting teachers and students taking social action on global issues. In January 2017 Sharon returned with her husband and two children from 12 years living in the USA. She is enjoying the experience of rediscovering all things ‘Kiwi’.

Rina Botha

Rina Botha

Teacher of Mathematics

B.A (Hons), DIP.TCHG

rbotha@wentworth.school.nz
Rina has a Bachelor of Arts, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching from the Northwest University in South Africa. She is an experienced teacher who has taught extensively in private education, and has held roles including Head of Mathematics Department, and as a Dean. Rina is a caring teacher who wants all children to be successful learners and works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of students. Rina moved to New Zealand in 2012 with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys the outdoors and camping, and stays active by cycling and tramping.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Head of Faculty – Science; Teacher of Mathematics

B.SC.(HONS), DIP.TCHG

abrown@wentworth.school.nz
Andrew completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Victoria University of Wellington, and was awarded 1st Class Honours. He studied Physics and Chemistry in addition to his major in Mathematics. After graduating, he spent 11 years teaching Physics and Science at Westlake Boys High School, and for several years served as the Head of Department for Physics and later Senior Science. Andrew arrived at Wentworth in 2016, and has enjoyed contributing to both Science and Mathematics departments. Outside of the classroom, his interests include sport, music, and spending time with his wife and young family.

Nicola Brown

Nicola Brown

Teacher of Science

B.SC, DIP.TCHG

nbrown@wentworth.school.nz
Nicola completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Waikato in 1997, where she studied plant and animal physiology. She worked in a medical laboratory in Hamilton before travelling overseas. She completed a Diploma in Teaching at Waikato before teaching Science at Westlake Girls High School. Nicola has lived on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula for the past seventeen years with her family. She and her family are keen sailors and spend their spare time sailing on the Hauraki Gulf and further afield.

Nicola Carrigan

Nicola Carrigan

Teacher of Art

DIP.GRAPHIC DES., DIP.TCHG

ncarrigan@wentworth.school.nz
Nicola has an extensive background in commercial design and photography. After 11 years in the UK Nicola and her family moved back to Auckland where she trained as a secondary school Art teacher. She joined Wentworth College after 9 years at Glenfield College as the senior Design and Photography teacher. In her spare time Nicola is very fond of the performing arts, especially dance and musical theatre, and contributes behind the scenes whenever possible.

Jonathan Cope

Jonathan Cope

Teacher of Science & Biology

B.SC. PgDip, GDip  

jcope@wentworth.school.nz
Jonathan joined Wentworth College in 2022 teaching Biology and Science.  Jonathan completed a Bachelors of Science at the University of Auckland, specialising in Biology and Environmental Science. Following this, he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation Biology at Massey University and studied wild primates in China over a period of 6 months. Jonathan then went to work in conservation with the Auckland Council before completing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at AUT in 2017. He is still passionate about conservation and biology and is currently training a Conservation Dog for the Auckland Council.

Alice Davies

Alice Davies

Head of Faculty – English

M.A.(HONS), DIP.TCHG.

adavies@wentworth.school.nz
After gaining her Masters degree in English Literature, Alice trained as a secondary teacher and taught for a number of years at Kristin School. Alice came to Wentworth from Baradene College where she was Head of English and a member of the Senior Management Team. Her interests include tramping, fishing and reading.

Sarah Debenham

Sarah Debenham

Teacher of History and Global Perspectives

B.A., GDIP TCHG (SECONDARY)

sdebenham@wentworth.school.nz
Sarah completed a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in History and English at Massey University before going on to study a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching at the University of Auckland. She worked at Orewa College before joining the staff at Wentworth College.  Sarah lives in Red Beach where she is involved in the local youth community. She enjoys playing sport, reading and travelling.

David Gale

David Gale

Teacher of Economics & Business Studies

B.A. (HONS), DIP.TCHG

dgale@wentworth.school.nz
David joined Wentworth College for the start of the 2022 academic year. Previously he had been a Curriculum Leader at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate in the UK, a senior Economics, Business and Accounting teacher at ACG Parnell and Auckland Grammar School. David studied both in the UK and at the University of Auckland and holds an Honors degree in Commerce and a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching. For leisure, David likes to play sports, write and perform music and spend time with his wife and young son.

Matthew Farrow

Matthew Farrow

Years 7 & 8 Dean, Teacher of Mathematics and Science

B.Ed

mfarrow@wentworth.school.nz
Matt joined Wentworth College in 2020, and teaches Year 7 and Year 8 Mathematics and Science.  Matt gained his Bachelor of Education at the University of Johannesburg, and has been teaching for more than 12 years, mostly in private school education in Johannesburg, South Africa, but also here in New Zealand.  Matt’s passion is in the classroom but he equally loves being on the sports field, especially playing and coaching cricket and soccer.  Matt lives with his wife and two children and enjoys running, paddle boarding and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Margaret Furtado

Margaret Furtado

Teacher of Spanish & English

M.A. (HONS), DIP.TCHG, CLTA

mfurtado@wentworth.school.nz
Margaret is a Spanish teacher who began her professional career tutoring at the University of Auckland, where she attained her master’s degree. Subsequently, she taught for over twenty years at Westlake Girls High School. She has taught in Argentina and has managed and led intercultural trips to Spain.  Margaret’s core strengths lie in language acquisition and literacy and she enjoys helping her students to gain confidence, skill and a passion for learning. She also teaches ESOL and English.  Margaret lives on the Hibiscus Coast. She enjoys music, history, film and travel in her leisure time.

Linda Goss

Linda Goss

Teacher of English

B.A. (HONS), PGCE, PGDIP COMMERCE

lgoss@wentworth.school.nz
After graduating with a degree in English and American Literature, Linda worked in commerce for 4 years before retraining to become a secondary teacher. Following four years teaching in the UK, she moved to New Zealand and joins Wentworth from Pinehurst School in Albany where she taught for nine years. She lives in Stanmore Bay with her husband and two children. Her interests include spending time with her family at the beach, yoga, walking and reading.

Teneille Groves

Teneille Groves

Teacher in Charge of Technology

BFA, DIP.TCHG

tgroves@wentworth.school.nz
Teneille completed a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. After gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching she taught both Design and Visual Communications and Visual Art at Westlake Boys High School for several years, before moving to Orewa College as acting Head of Hard Materials. Teneille lives locally and enjoys spending time with her family and taking walks with the dog along the many beautiful scenic trails our community has to offer.

Joel Hicks

Joel Hicks

Years 9 & 10 Dean, Physical Education & Mathematics Teacher

B.PHED., DIP.TCHG.

jhicks@wentworth.school.nz
After completing his Bachelor of Physical Education at Auckland University in 2013, Joel worked at Lynfield College for 4 years before joining Wentworth College. Moving to the Hibiscus Coast in 2017 with his fiance, Joel loves the lifestyle it provides. Joel enjoys providing opportunities for students to develop their physical and social skills through Physical Education. His interests include football, touch rugby and snowboarding.

Sean Jones

Sean Jones

Teacher of Computer Science

MSC, P.G.C.E.

sjones@wentworth.school.nz
Sean moved to New Zealand in 2012 with his family. In the U.K. he taught Information and Communications Technology, Computer Science and Electronics at both Secondary School and Tertiary College levels. Sean was Assistant Head of the ICT and Business Studies Faculty at a top-performing school in the UK. Prior to teaching, Sean worked in the Electronics industry and he enjoys anything to do with computers and electronics. Sean has three children whom he enjoys spending time with.

Michelle Jordan

Michelle Jordan

Teacher of English and ESOL

B.A./L.L.B., GRAD.DIP.TCHG.

mjordan@wentworth.school.nz
After graduating in South Africa, Michelle practised as a lawyer for ten years. She moved to New Zealand in 2007 and retrained as a teacher. Michelle has a keen interest in finding alternative ways to encourage reading in the digital age. She enjoys reading, playing golf and spending time with her husband and two children.

Nigel Kennard

Nigel Kennard

Teacher of Science and Computer Science

B.SC., PGCE

nkennard@wentworth.school.nz
Nigel has spent his 34 year professional career teaching a wide variety of academic and sport subjects. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Nigel relocated to South Africa where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and a Post Graduate Education Diploma in Teaching. Since immigrating to New Zealand 14 years ago, he has taught both CIE and NCEA pathways to senior level in Physics and Science at Westlake Boy’s High School, before joining Wentworth in 2021. As a family man and outdoors enthusiast, Nigel makes every effort to explore the awesome places New Zealand has to showcase. He is also an internationally certified Tennis Coach.

Bing Kong

Bing Kong

Teacher of Mandarin & Chinese Student Liaison

B.A, DIP.TCHG 

bkong@wentworth.school.nz
Mrs Kong teaches advanced Mandarin for Speakers of Mandarin in the College, and supports our International Students and their families, providing translation and first language support to our Chinese students.  Bing has been teaching since 1995 when she graduated from Beijing’s teacher training university with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Chinese Language and Literature Education. From there, she taught Chinese Literacy in a Beijing High School. After coming to New Zealand she has taught Mandarin in the community and at another local school. In her spare time she enjoys activities with her family, listening to music and reading.

Michael LaPierre

Michael LaPierre

Teacher of Geography and Travel and Tourism

B.A.(HONS), DIP.TCHG.

mlapierre@wentworth.school.nz
Michael first worked for the Federal Government in his native Canada for six years before embarking on extensive travel in Africa and Asia. Prior to arriving in New Zealand he taught in Tokyo for seven years and is conversationally fluent in both French and Japanese. After moving to New Zealand he spent a year in Christchurch before moving to Auckland where he spent 8 years teaching Geography and Social Studies at Papatoetoe High School prior to joining the team at Wentworth College. Travel, SUP, Film Noir and music fill any available spare time.

Sarah Poppe

Sarah Poppe

Teacher of Music

B.MUS., .DIP.TCHG, LTCL (PERFORMANCE – WITH DISTINCTION)

spoppe@wentworth.school.nz
A seasoned Musical Theatre performer, Sarah has over 20 years of teaching experience where she has been avidly involved in Music Groups, Stage Challenge and Musicals. After working in Private schools for 12 years prior to joining Wentworth, Sarah loves the small classes, enthusiasm, high expectations and discipline found in this environment. A trained violinist and ballerina, Sarah brings enthusiasm to her teaching and loves to create original works with students of all ages. Sarah has also taught singing and songwriting, encouraging students to set goals and to love performing.

Richard Rangi

Richard Rangi

Head of Physical Education and Director of Sport

B.PHED., DIP.TCHG., M.ED, PHD

rrangi@wentworth.school.nz
Dr Richard Rangi has worked for the past 8 years as the Director of Sport and Head of the Physical Education faculty in The British International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to this overseas posting, he was Head of Physical Education and Health at Christchurch Girls High School. Over his career, Dr Rangi has also worked in international schools in Lebanon, Thailand and the United Kingdom. Currently living with his family in Gulf Harbour, he is enjoying the great beaches and lifestyle that the Whangaparaoa coast has to offer.

Jasmine Tang

Jasmine Tang

Teacher of Mandarin and Mathematics

PGDIP FINANCE, B.ACC, DIP.TCHG

jtang@wentworth.school.nz
Jasmine joined Wentworth in 2022 following 9 years at Westlake Boys’ High school. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance with Distinction and Bachelor of Accountancy at Massey University, and was awarded the Dean’s List.  Jasmine enjoys providing real world examples to develop students’ critical thinking skills. Outside of the classroom, her interests include sport, travel, photography, gardening, and cooking.

Ngaire Timperley

Ngaire Timperley

Years 11 to 13 Dean - Teacher of Science, Biology & Marine Science

B.SC., DIP.TCHG.

ntimperley@wentworth.school.nz
Ngaire completed her Bachelor of Science in microbiology and immunology at Otago University, before continuing with a post-graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Auckland. Over the last few years, in addition to teaching part-time at Orewa College, Ngaire has been involved in a number of education-related research projects with the University of Auckland. Her main hobby is Aikido, which she teaches at a club in Manly.

Support Staff

Kate Waterworth

Kate Waterworth

School Administrator / Student Support

kwaterworth@wentworth.school.nz
Kate is the first point of contact for Wentworth College students, parents and suppliers.  Kate can assist parents with many issues around the day to day operations of the school, including buses and absences.  If you’re not sure who to contact within Wentworth, start with Kate; she will help you identify the right person. Kate has a background in HR and office management.

Rachel Vaudrey

Rachel Vaudrey

Admissions Registrar / International Student Director

rvaudrey@wentworth.school.nz
Rachel is currently looking after the enrolment and admissions of all students to Wentworth College.  Rachel also looks after the international student programme for both the Primary School and College, and encourages students from all over the world to come and study in this beautiful part of New Zealand. If you are the parent of an international student, an agent, or a local family interested in providing a caring home for one of our international students, please contact Rachel.  Rachel moved to New Zealand from London having enjoyed a 20 year career in Marketing in the UK and now lives on the peninsula with her husband and their three children.

Ellen Wang

Ellen Wang

Accounts Administrator

ewang@wentworth.school.nz
Ellen joined Wentworth in 2022. She is our Accounts Administrator and responsible for all accounts payable and receivable. She also provides support for school administration duties. Ellen completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Finance at Otago University. She also has an extensive background in marketing. Ellen lives in Silverdale. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

Sports Co-ordinator

csmith@wentworth.school.nz
Working in the Sports Department from Tuesdays to Thursdays each week, Caroline is the main point of contact for parents and students participating in school sports. With over 70% of Wentworth students actively participating in sports, Caroline is kept busy co-ordinating team entries, communicating with students, coaches and parents, and laising with the governing bodies of the various sporting codes. An active parent volunteer for her own children’s sports, Caroline is a passionate advocate of the value of sports in students’ lives.

Jahna Graver

Jahna Graver

Admin. Assistant / Librarian / Property Manager

jgraver@wentworth.school.nz
Jahna has a multi-tasking role at Wentworth, with part of her time spent assisting in administration duties, managing the library and the uniform shop. Jahna has held roles looking after the pastoral care of our international students, and was our Homestay Co-ordinator, managing our wonderful network of homestay families. Jahna has many years of experience looking after students and parents. With grown children of her own, she loves conversing with students and offering them full support in both their school and home life.

Katie Tanaka

Katie Tanaka

Operations - Computer Science Campus, Newmarket

ktanaka@wentworth.school.nz

Katie splits her time between our school in Gulf Harbour, and our new Newmarket school. Katie takes care of the day-to-day operations of the Computer Science Campus, including the marketing, admissions and enrolment of new students, and providing administrative support to the teaching staff.  She also supports management with specific project work.  Katie has worked in operations in the International Education sector for more than 15 years and enjoys interacting with students from all around the world.

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