Our staff make learning for living in our unique community a reality for the children of Portobello School.

Mel Jewiss
is our principal.  She is an experienced principal, coming to us from Pine Hill School.

Our Deputy Principal, Tom Hobbs teaches Year 5 students in Room 6. Since this room adjoins Room 5, Tom works closely with Sarah Luke to offer great opportunities for our senior students.  Tom is also our Numeracy and e-Learning Lead Teacher.  

Candace Christensen teaches our youngest children in the Junior Whanau 4 days each week.  Candy loves to welcome New Entrants to our school.  On Monday afternoons (2.00 - 3.00) she offers Monday Mollymawks to introduce 4 year olds to school life.  On Fridays we have an alternative programme - Friday Fun!  

Our senior students (Years 6, 7 & 8) are taught by Sarah Luke, in Room 5. Ms Luke has a focus on making learning exciting and developing leadership opportunities for our senior students. Sarah has responsibility for Physical Education and she is our event co-ordinator.  She and her students enjoy working closely with their neighbours in Room 6.


Christine Whitehead teaches part time.  She is our Reading Recovery teacher.

Cheryl Neill has two roles within our school in 2017.  She teaches Room 3 and she also provides valuable support for individual students in our school.


We are also very fortunate to have fabulous teacher aides who support children with their learning:



is one of our hard working teacher aides.  She works closely to support the learning of one of our students.



is Portobello School's executive officer. Lynne
 is still relatively new to our school so she understands how important a warm welcome is.  

The school is kept in ship-shape order by our caretaker, Bruce.

Taking great care of our on-site heated swimming pool is Wayne, the pool caretaker.