Our People


Principal – Julie Turner

In addition to her responsibilities as Principal, Julie teaches the senior class on Thursdays and Fridays, and can be occasionally found relieving in the other classrooms or running our Accelerating Learning programmes. Julie is responsible for the Literacy curriculum area.

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.”

Teacher Year 0/1/2 – Rachel Waterhouse

Rachel started teaching Room 2 at Leigh School in 2012, prior to that she was at Northcote Primary. She is responsible for the school’s Health, Physical Education and Arts curriculum areas. Rachel is also the teacher representative on the School Board of Trustees.

Rachel works closely with the staff at Leigh Preschool to ensure that the children coming from there are familiar with her and the junior class – ensuring a seamless transition from preschool to school.

Her background before teaching was in graphic design, so she is responsible for lot of the lovely signs around the school, is our chief photographer and school facebook contributor 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 went to Leigh School and now is at Mahurangi College.

Rachel is also responsible for overseeing the school fruit and vegetable garden.

Teacher Year 2/3/4 – Dominique Vikstrand

Dominique joined Leigh School in 2016 and is currently teaching the year 2 to 4 children. She is also responsible for the school Maths curriculum area.

While living in Denmark she taught for fourteen years in an International School in Copenhagen. Returning to New Zealand in time for her son to begin school she spent ten years teaching just down the road in Matakana.

During her last three years at Matakana School she taught in the Montessori classroom.

Some of the things she loves about working at Leigh are the incredibly beautiful natural resources that can be incorporated into the classroom programme and the strong sense of community and belonging that is evident the minute you step through the school gate. Dominique is a keen reader, gardener, olive grower, cook and is a passionate advocate of lifelong learning.

Teacher Year 5/6 & Principal Release – Debbie Fox

Debbie joined our teaching staff in 2015, initially as the teacher in Room 4, then moving to the senior class in Room 1 in 2015. She is also responsible for the Science and Technology curriculum areas.

Prior to starting at Leigh she was with Windy Ridge Primary in Auckland teaching year 1 and 2 students. Her other past teaching experience is varied with a long period of intermediate level teaching of both Year 7 & 8, learning support roles, a team leader position & a number of years as a BOT Staff Representative.

The senior class at Leigh is a shared teaching role and so Debbie teaches from Monday to Wednesday and our Principal Julie, teaches on Thursday and Friday.

Other Staff

Communications – Rachel Waterhouse and Kate Shears

Groundsman – Clive Mathers

Kapa Haka Tutor – Whaea Majic Paora

Office Administrator / Cleaner – Fay Bradnam

Teacher Aide – Liz Brown

Te Reo Tutor – Whaea Majic Paora

Board of Trustees

Chris Calder – Chairperson & Property

Julie Turner – Principal & Policy

Nick Shears – Secretary

Peter Browne – Property

Rachel Waterhouse – Staff Representative

Tim Haggitt – Health and Safety & Sustainability

Lili Crockett – Finance & Māori Liasion

Friends of Leigh School / Parent Teacher Association

Mikaela Schoevaart – Chair

Helen Williams – Treasurer

Sara Mathers – Secretary

Scott Wilson – Member

We would love the opportunity to chat with you about our school and community, please feel free to call into the school or contact us.

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