Senior Leadership Team

Marie Bramley

Marie Bramley


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.

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Andy Peart

Deputy Principal

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Karioi maunga tōku whakaruruhau
Ko Whāingaroa te moana whakamahea
Ko Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi
No Raglan ahau
Ko Peart tōku whānau
Ko Christina tāku wahine
Ko Scout rāua ko Piper āku tamāhine
Ko Andy tōku ingoa
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa 

I am passionate about seeing the full development of the ‘whole child’, celebrating their strengths and helping grow their dispositions, character, understanding, capabilities and skills to equip them to thrive in community. 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 also enjoy helping foster a creative community of learners and working with our school whānau group to ensure success for all of our students in a way that reflects who they are.

I feel privileged to work in such a diverse and dynamic school where children, teachers, and their families work so positively together.

Jocelyn Williams

Jocelyn Williams

Assistant Principal

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.

Sandra Neil

Sandra Neil

Assistant Principal

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


Trace May

Year 1 Team Leader

Room 3, Year 1


Rachel Hamilton-Gibbs

Room 1, Year 1


Chantelle Masters

Room 2, Year 1

Emma Bourke

Emma Bourke

Room 4, Year 1

Jennifer Feisst

Jennifer Feisst

Room 5, Year 1


Cherie Page

Room 24, Year 1

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Phillippa Ramsay

Room 24, Year 1


Tina ter Ellen

Year 2 Team Leader

Room 19, Year 2


Catherine Blewden

Room 18, Year 2


Anna Harrison

Room 18, Year 2

Sophie Tayler

Sophie Tayler

Room 20, Year 2


Ashley Patterson

Room 21, Year 1/2

Middle School Team

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Sarah Foster

Year 3 Team Leader

Room 12, Year 3


Melody Pitcher

Room 16, Year 3

Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart

Room 11, Year 3


Miel MacLean

Year 4 Team Leader

Room 14, Year 4


Jacinda Bell

Room 13, Year 4

Summer 2

Summer Welten

Room 17, Year 4


Amanda Jacobs

Room 15, Year 4

Senior School Team

Leigh Mason

Leigh Mason

Year 5/6 Team Leader

Room 22, Year 5/6


Lynette Townsend

Year 5/6 Team Leader

Room 10, Year 5/6


Kelly Williams

Room 6, Year 5


Maree Lynch

Room 7, Year 5/6


Rayleen Ramsay

Room 8, Year 5/6


Taylah Russell

Room 9, Year 5

James Green

James Green

Room 23, Year 5/6

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Megan Hutchings

Room's 7 & 8, Year 5/6

Learning Support Staff

Learning Support Teachers


Michelle Macintyre

Learning Support Coordinator

Diane Leech

Diane Leach

English as a Second Language (ESOL)


Belinda Elias

Special Programmes


Claire Wilson

Classroom Release Teacher (CRT)


Ngaia Mason

Classroom Release Teacher (CRT)

Learning Assistants


Alison Hynes


Melina Arnold


Julie Gee


Geoff Hills


Isabel Tritt


Ravi Krishnan


Audrey Young


Jo Luckie

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Anna Mexted

Rachael Teng

Rachael Teng

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Kimberly James

Richard Jack

Richard Jack

Support Staff

Admin Team

Debbie Crocker

Debbie Crocker



Prue Lye

Office Administration

Julia French

Julia French


After School Care


Melina Arnold

After School Care Supervisor


Julie Gee

After School Care Supervisor

Caretaker, Cleaners and Gardener


Nigel Cavanah



David and Ivy

School Cleaners

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Kim de Waard


Board Members

Marie Bramley

Marie Bramley



Kevin Endres



Nathan Leith



Suzanne O’Rourke

Parent Representative


Hongwei Di

Parent Representative

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David Burger

Parent Representative


Leigh Mason

Staff Representative


Prue Lye

Minute Secretary

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.

Click here if you are interested in being involved with the Friends of the School


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.