Pūrākaunui School
One Waka. One Crew. Many Journeys.


Ko wai au? Ko Helvellyn Range te maunga. Ko Irish te moana. Ko Mersey te awa. Ko Rere Aotearoa te waka. Nō Liverpool England ōku tīpuna. Kei te noho au ki Waitati. Ko Bell Howard tōku whānau. Ko Thomas tōku matua. Ko Colette tōku whāea. Ko Barbera tōku kuia. Ko Nicky Bell tōku ingoa. Tīhei mauri ora. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

I am very proud to be the leader of this very exciting learning community.  It is also a pleasure to lead a very committed and passionate team of teachers and support staff who have many life experiences and skills to share with our young people. Our first priority is to build positive relationships with students and their whānau and work in partnership together.

The individual skills and abilities of each child are valued and we aim for each child to achieve to the best of their ability and potential. A strength of our school is the involvement of parents and the community in the classroom programmes as well as activities outside the school. We live in a rich, beautiful coastal environment and value education outside of the classroom.

I am a teaching Principal and this is the part of the job that I find most exciting – getting into the classroom with children and watching them grow, learn and improve.

I look forward to getting to know you as your child progresses through Purākaunui School.  The staff and I welcome the opportunity, at any time, to discuss with you matters regarding your child’s education and welfare.