Our People


Julie Turner - Principal

Julie Turner

Principal – Julie Turner

In addition to her responsibilities as Principal, as an active teaching principal Julie can be occasionally found relieving in the classroom or running our Accelerating Learning programmes. Julie has had a long association with Leigh School as all three of her children came through it. She has been our Principal since 2011, and prior to that taught at Pakiri School for 11 years. Responsible for our music programmes, Julie played the violin in an orchestra and has been involved with a number of choirs. Julie is also a keen walker and tramper. She says that her favourite things about Leigh School are – “The way that the small size of the school results in a whanau feel and the ability to really get to know the kids and their families well, allowing you to develop deeper relationships with the children and learn what really interests and inspires them.”

Rachel Waterhouse

Rachel Waterhouse

Teacher Year 0/1/2 – Rachel Waterhouse

Rachel is teaching her 4th year at Leigh School in Room 2, prior to that she was at Northcote Primary. Her background before teaching was in graphic design, so she does a lot of the lovely signs around the classrooms and brings her creative eye to our school art projects. She has a keen interest in nature and ecology, particularly native birds and has been a volunteer on Tiritiri Matangi for a number of years. Rachel has a daughter named Tui who goes to Leigh School. Rachel is responsible for overseeing the school vege and fruit garden and also is responsible for the Physical Education curriculum.

Teacher Year 2/3/4 – Dominique Vikstrand

Dominique is teaching her 1st year at Leigh School in Room 4, prior to this she was teaching in the Montessori classroom at Matakana School. Dominique is a passionate advocate of life long learning and is enjoying contributing to the school Community in Leigh. We welcome her to our school.

Principal Release Teacher Year 5/6 – Debbie Fox

Debbie joined our teaching staff last year, where she was the teacher in Room 4. This year she works with Julie Turner to run the senior class in Room 1. Debbie teaches from Monday to Wednesday and Julie teaches on Thursday and Friday.

.CRT Teacher, Communications & Kapa Haka  – Sandy Meharry

Sandy Meharry - Teacher

Sandy Meharry

Sandy has taught at Leigh School for 10 years and is now the Classroom Release Teacher and Communications/ Marketing person for the school. Sandy is employed at a top local art gallery – The Vivian and is also a practicing artist and photographer for the Junction Magazine. A great guitarist, Sandy is very involved with our kapa haka group and can often be found at events around the district backing them up brilliantly. Sandy has been teaching for over 24 years and also has a BA in English.


Teacher Aide – Fiona Napier
Office Administrator / Cleaner – Fay Bradnam
Groundsman – Clive Mathers
Communications / Fundraising – Sandy Meharry

Board of Trustees 2016:

Chris Calder – Chairperson

Nik Shears – Secretary
Michael Brooks – Finance
Chris Calder and Peter Browne – Property
Jake Tahitahi – Maori Strategy, Policy
Rachel Waterhouse – Staff Representative
Julie Turner – Principal, Policy, Finance

Parent Teacher Association

Chairperson – Caroline Haggitt
Secretary – Sara Mathers
Treasurer –


Susan Gibbings - Teacher & BOT

Susan Gibbings

Past Teacher – Susan Gibbings – Now Retired

Susan had been teaching at Leigh School for 20 years and now enjoyes an active retired lifestyle in Leigh. She has First Class Honours in Geo-Chemistry. She loves NZ (although born an Australian!), and especially loves NZ flora and fauna. Susan is a keen tramper and was actively involved with our school hockey team as their coach. She was also a long serving and valued member of the school Board of Trustees. Still living locally Susan continues to help the school with events like the Carnival and is a valued school supporter.