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Mr R. Sutton
Extn: 821

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch

Deputy Principal

Mr J. Rogers
Extn: 820

Deputy Principal

Mrs K. Wheeler
Extn: 823

Assistant Principal

Mr S. Scott
Extn: 817

“Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi,
engari he toa takitini”.
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

Office / Admin

Office Reception

Mrs A. Wall

‘Focusing on solutions is better than focusing on

Attendance Officer

Mrs C. Soper

‘Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, possibilities become limitless’


Mrs L. Madsen

‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have’

Principal’s PA

Mrs J. Bykerk

‘Awesome school with staff who really care and go the extra mile’

Executive Officer

Mrs S. Martin

‘A great   community school  with   dedicated   caring   staff who ensure every  student  is nurtured, encouraged and supported   to be the best that  they can be’.

School Nurse

Mrs A Bishop
Extn: 896

‘The future belongs to young people with an education
and the imagination to create’ Barack Obama


Year 7 & 8 Dean

Mrs C. Gibson
Extn: 909

Year 9 Dean

Mr A Palmer
Extn: 869

Year 10 Dean

Mrs R Clemence
Extn: 834

“Logic will take you from A to B; Imagination will take you everywhere” Albert Einstein. 


Year 11 Dean

Ms C. McLaren
Extn: 824

 ‘ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ‘Nelson Mandela’

Year 12 Dean

Mr A. Wilson
Extn: 854

Our students are what drive me to be a better teacher. I strive to be the best I can be for them!

Year 13 Dean

Mrs H. Petrie
Extn: 826

There are no problems, only solutions.


Art (HOD)

Mrs R. Clemence

“Logic will take you from A to B; Imagination will take you everywhere” Albert Einstein.

Health (HOD)

Miss A. Aitken

Science/Outdoor Education

Mr A. Kane

“Challenges are what make life interesting – overcoming them makes life meaningful.”


Mrs C. Crampton-Cairns

Home Economics (HOD)

Miss A. Taylor

I am proud to have been a part of Hornby High for the past 14 years, where the school community feels like family. #manahoromaka #hornbypride

Social Sciences (HOD)

Mrs J. Handley

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.


Miss A Keene


Home Economics/Physical Education

Mrs H. Petrie

There are no problems, only solutions. 

Social Sciences

Mr A. Wilson

Our students are what drive me to be a better teacher. I strive to be the best I can be for them!


Mrs T. Rothera

Food Technology

Mrs R. Hindson

Social Sciences

Mrs J. Turner (on leave)

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. Winston Churchill

Caretaker and Groundsmen

Pete Manson

Food Technology

Mrs R. Rhodes

“Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”  Albert Einstein

Sports Co-ordinator

Mrs K Keenan

Caretaker and Groundsmen

Warren Light


Soft Materials 

Ms L. Laycock

Supported Learning (HOD)

Mr T. Palmer

Dean Swanepoel (HTC)


Mr J. Simons

Teacher Support

Ms A. Dunbar

Commerce (HOD)

Mr J. Handley-Packham (on leave)

Community Support Worker

Ms J. Howie – Extn: 914

Wood Technology

Mr R. Harwood

Digital Technology (HOD)

Mrs R. Close

“Teaching in the internet age means we must teach tomorrows skills today”

Learning Centre Co-ordinator

Mrs V. Sanford

The education of a man or woman is never completed until he/she dies (Robert E Lee)

Teacher Support

Mrs R. Arthur


Mr N. Williams

“You have power over your mind – not external events. Realise this and you will find strength.”   Marcus Aurelius

Teacher Support

Mrs M. Flores

Teacher Support

Mrs J. Husband

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”  Benjamin Franklin

Drama (HOD)

Mrs J. Clark

I am always amazed by the range of performance talent our students show in talent quests, hui, Polyfest, kapahaka, Shakespeare Festival or Arts kete. Our students put so much energy and heart into their performances.

Library Assistant

Ms N. Sowman

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader” Margaret Fuller

Teacher Support

Ms S. Northcott

English (HOD)

Mr S. Aitken

Hornby High School provides a 21st Century education and prepares students to be creative, collaborative, and to think critically and problem solve.

Maori (HOD)

Mr C. Kamariera – on leave


Whaea J. Waerehu – Acting HOD

Ko te tamaiti te pūtake  


Ms L. Briggs

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”. Malcolm X 

Mathematics (HOD)

Mr W. Werder

Opportunity. Opportunities to Learn, Opportunities to Lead, Opportunity to shine. Today is an opportunity to get better – don’t waste it.

Teacher Support

Ms J. Jones

Teacher Support

Miss J. Wellman

Teacher Support

Ms A. Tatu

Teacher Support

Mr M. Sowerby


Ms S. Johnson


Mrs J. Buenaventura

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ―Thomas Edison 

Teacher Support

Miss I. Zlobina


Ms C. McLaren

 ‘ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ‘Nelson Mandela’


Mr B. Carter

Hornby High School is amazing. We teach our kids HOW to think not what to think. Our students learn that every mistake they make is progress, that smart is something you become, and that there is a difference between not knowing, and not knowing YET. I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else.


Mr I. Rees


Mrs L. O’Donnell – on leave


Mrs S. Handley (Richardson)


Mr F. Rzoska


Mr L. Taylor


Mr P. Daines

YEAR 7 & 8

Mrs C. Gibson


Mrs L. Barnett


Mr A. Trenberth

Maths is fun but fractions divide people.

YEAR 7 & 8

Miss T. Allan

If Plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.

Guidance Counsellor

Ms S. Kavanagh

Almost every successful person begins with 2 beliefs:  1.  The future can be better than the present.  2.  And I have the power to make it so” (David Brooks).

Music (HOD)

Mrs K. Beer

“He Āhuru Mōwai” – School a place to come home to. Hornby to me is definitely this. We look after each other in our community and provide a warm and safe place to learn.

YEAR 7 & 8

Mrs M. Baker – on leave

Year 7 & 8

Miss C. Birtch

Walt Disney said, ‘If you can dream it you can do it.’ Hornby High School is a centre of creative excellence and I look forward to seeing what our students will dream up and achieve this year!

Year 7 & 8

Mrs K Cotter

YEAR 7 & 8

Ms R Davis

Year 7 & 8

Mr T. Mitchell

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”

Year 7 & 8

Mrs S. Shehata – on leave

YEAR 7 & 8

Mr S Tisch

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Network and timetable

Mr R. Murfitt

Year 7 & 8

Miss K. Tozer

YEAR 7 & 8

Whaea J. Waerehu

Ko te tamaiti te pūtake  

Physical Education (HOD)

Mr I. Hilliard

No reward without work which means no spuds without digging.

Physical Education/Social Sciences

Miss A Simpson

“For what it’s worth; it’s never too late or, in my case too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Referral Room Supervisor

Mr B. Milicich

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing

Science (HOD)

Mr M. Stock

And the Devil whispered to me, “You will not survive the storm.” I whispered back to him, “I am the storm.” 

Science Technician

Mrs S. Gray

Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can be.


Ms H. Boothby

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” 


Mr A. Heath

“Everything is theoretically possible, until it is done”


Mr J. Minto

“Education gives choices and opportunities in life. The more the better”


Mrs M. Ducray


Mrs. B Climo

We are proud to be a diverse, friendly school and a place where the needs of each individual student are at the forefront of everything we do. We are proud to be a school where all students can make their mark and set their direction for life after secondary school.