Senior Leadership Team
As Principal of Hillcrest Normal School since 2015, I have the privilege of leading a talented and committed team in a supportive school community. Through my leadership, and working with a supportive Board of Trustees, we continue to work toward our school vision of Growing Creative Learners from Within and providing the best possible learning opportunities for the children in our community.
I thoroughly enjoy my position at Hillcrest Normal School and look forward to working with you in partnership to support your child to achieve success.
I have a passion for all things creative and lead literacy and the arts school wide. I closely support the Senior School Team, and as the liaison person for the University of Waikato, I look after the many student teachers assigned to us as a normal school. My leadership responsibilities include supporting and designing professional learning for teachers, the pastoral care of students, and mentoring provisionally registered teachers. I am also a member of the Friends of the School and enjoy working with our school whānau group.
I feel lucky to work in such a diverse and dynamic school where we foster development of the ‘whole child’, and where children, teachers, and their families work so positively together.
I have responsibility for the Middle School Team (year 3 and 4 classes), including student welfare and the teaching and learning programmes within the team. I assist teachers to develop teaching programmes that support academic, cultural and physical development of our children, and I have responsibility for assessment, student achievement and data analysis. I am very involved in the teaching of Gifted And Talented (GAT) maths programmes in the middle and senior school, as well as overseeing the target learning groups in the middle school team.
I am honoured to work alongside a dedicated staff where the focus is on encouraging and supporting children to achieve success.
I have been working at Hillcrest Normal School since 1998 and was appointed Assistant Principal in 2005. I have lived in Hamilton all my life and started school at Hillcrest Normal School as a five year old.
I love working at Hillcrest, every day brings a new challenge and lots of laughs to share. I enjoy supporting new students and their families as they transition to school, and looking after all the children in the junior school. I am also responsible for our learning support programmes for a range of students across the school.
Junior School Team
Middle School Team
Senior School Team
Learning Support Staff
After School Care
After School Care Supervisor
After School Care Supervisor
Caretaker and Cleaners
David and Ivy
Board of Trustees
Tina ter Ellen
Friends of the School
The Hillcrest Normal School Friends of the School (FOS) is a group that supports our school community. We focus on providing fun and social activities that bring together teachers, students and their families, as well as fundraising for targeted projects that enhance and enrich the Hillcrest Normal School experience for our children.
Our whānau group meets once a term and is focused on working in partnership to support Māori students in the school to achieve success as Māori.