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 4, 5 and 6 students in Room 3. 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 4. 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 3.

Cheryl Neill
 has two roles within our school in 2017.  She teaches in Room 5 and she also provides valuable support for individual students in our school.


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

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



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

Geena is our other teacher aide.  She works with many students throughout our school.


Lynne 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.