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Support Staff Team

Support Staff Team

Cathy Abel

Attendance/DP's support

About Me

I work with the Admin team as support for the Deputy Principals and managing student Attendance. My colleagues are a great group of individuals who collectively help to provide an environment that enable us to deliver the best support possible for staff and students alike.

E: cathy.abel@ajhs.school.nz

Bevan Armstrong

Groundsman

About Me

I enjoy tending the gardens at AJHS and hope the students enjoy the relaxing natural environment we create.

E: bevan.armstrong@ajhs.school.nz

Paula Cole

Science Technician

About Me

I was a Primary School teacher for 27 years. I am now the Science technician at AJHS and love the varied nature of my busy, full-time role. I have worked in schools all my life and love being around young, curious, growing minds. I have 2 adult sons and have been involved in their many sporting ventures over the years.

E: paula.cole@ajhs.school.nz

Mandy Farrington

Data Systems Manager

About Me

I am the System Director, providing support to the SLT and teachers, I love a challenge and solving problems. I have been fortunate enough to be working at AJHS family since May 2018. I have been working in the school environment since 2003.

E: mandy.farrington@ajhs.school.nz

Maxine Johnson

Student Desk

About Me

I work alongside the Admin team and you will find me at Student Reception. I love working at AJHS with the amazing staff. I used to be a foster carer in the UK before moving to NZ in 2007. I have 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren. I love watching our students start in Year 7 and develop into mature confident teenagers.

E: maxine.johnson@ajhs.school.nz

Brigid Lamont

School Nurse

About Me

NZ Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience in a variety of Health settings. I have been at AJHS since 2016 and love being in the school environment and working with sudent to fulfill their potential at school.

E: brigid.lamont@ajhs.school.nz

Jackie Lawes

School Accounts

About Me

I have worked in the Finance team at AJHS since early 2020. I enjoy working with the staff, parents and children within the AJHS family. I have two school age children that keep me very busy outside office hours.

E: jackie.lawes@ajhs.school.nz

Murray Lawes

Teacher Aide

About Me

I have a LLB and an Arts Degree with a major in Education. After a number of years working in the business field I felt it was time to do something more positive, and to turn to my earlier interest of teaching. I am thoroughly enjoying working as a Teacher Aide. I get to work with students and help them do the best they are able to, all without the abundance of planning teachers have to do, and the meetings they have to attend!

E: murray.lawes@ajhs.school.nz

Vickie Mason

Reprographics/Resources

About Me

I have just started at AJHS this year as a reprographic technician. I handle the bulk of the schools printing & copying needs, and take care of the staffroom also. My background is engraving & design which I completed my qualification in 2000. Married with two children who both attend AJHS, I feel lucky to be apart of such an amazing team.

E: vickie.mason@ajhs.school.nz

George McClure

Receptionist/Enrolments

About Me

I am the schools Receptionist and have been here since 2012, I am also responsible for new enrolments. I thoroughly enjoy welcoming our new families and ensuring students feel at ease, plus continued relationships with our current parents. The best part of my job however, is that every day is different, working with staff that are just so good at what they do and the interactions I have with our students makes my day.

E: george.mcclure@ajhs.school.nz

Jo Monkton

Sports Co-ordinator

About Me

I have been at AJHS since 2009 in the role of Sports Coordinator. I have a passion for sport, especially youth being involved in sport. I am committed to getting as many people involved in sport as possible, not only for the physical but also the mental and emotional benefits. I love what I do, and really enjoy working with the great staff and students at AJHS.

E: jo.monkton@ajhs.school.nz

Kirsty Mower

Teacher Aide

About Me

I am a learning support worker and have worked at AJHS for 3 years. I am a Hairdresser by trade but I studied at Massey University as an Education support worker five years ago. My job ensures all students at AJHS have equal opportunities and reach their academic potential.

E: kirsty.mower@ajhs.school.nz

Maree Nolan

Principal's PA

About Me

I am part of the Admin team here, providing support to the Principal and the wider SLT, and have been with AJHS since 2017. I am also Secretary for the Board of Trustees. Proud to be working with a passionate and diverse range of teachers and support staff.

E: maree.nolan@ajhs.school.nz

Kerry Oliver

Teacher Aide

About Me

Have joined the Learning Support Team this year from Primary School level. I have supported students from years 0-6 since 2007 and enjoy the one on one or small group learning sessions involving reading, maths and literacy. Love it when students light up when they've "got it". My 3 daughters all attended AJHS and I now get why they had so much fun.

E: kerry.oliver@ajhs.school.nz

Andrea Osbourne

Technology Support Technician

About Me

Technology Support Technician. Married with two children who both came to AJHS. I immigrated in 2005 from England as we loved what NZ had to offer. I have a passion for engaging children in the new and interesting things technology offers. I am a qualified ice skating coach ( BITA) and spent 19 years working in a bank to become a manager gaining FPC & Ce MAP. I love where my new career is taking me.

E: andrea.osbourne@ajhs.school.nz

Steve Peach

Senior Counsellor

About Me

Senior Guidance Counsellor: My passion is to assist young people of all ages and ethnicities to be able to live in their optimum levels of well-being. I believe this is possible by using customised counselling approaches that suit the personal and cultural needs of the individual. I am experienced with helping people find ways to develop and utilise their strengths when they are struggling and feeling overwhelmed with their personal circumstances.

E: steve.peach@ajhs.school.nz

Jose Pereira

Caretaker

About Me

Property Maintenance Assistant. I have behind me a forty year banking career starting at the bottom as a bills of exchange clerk, progressing through administration, accounting, resources management to consumer credit management of a cluster of 23 large branches. Woodwork, metalwork and home and vehicle maintenance have been a part of my life since pre school days.

E: jose.pereira@ajhs.school.nz

Eva Popper

Teacher Aide

About Me

I have been working in schools in England, Thailand and New Zealand for over ten years. I take pride in helping students to make the most of their potential and achieve their goals. I have an MA degree in Sociology and Andragogy, as well as a Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia and SpLD. I love being active, and long walks on the beach with my family are my favourites. Lately I have added road cycling to my list of hobbies!

E: eva.popper@ajhs.school.nz

Jo Ramsay

Librarian

About Me

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Library Team at AJHS, firstly as a volunteer and now as a staff member. I have two children who have attended this school. An avid reader myself, I am always keen to encourage others. I have had a long term involvement with education of young children including several years as a teacher-aid, which prompted me to finally complete my BA degree and go on to a PGradDip in Education Psychology.

E: jo.ramsay@ajhs.school.nz

Julia Scott

Marketing, Brand & Communications Manager

About Me

I enjoy making sure our marketing and communications are professional and meaningful. AJHS has an incredibly dedicated team of teachers and a very talented student body, so my role of bring information to life is not hard, with the passion and skills we have around us.

E: julia.scott@ajhs.school.nz

Siu Kau Tai

Caretaker Assistant

About Me

Part of the Grounds/Property team. I enjoy what i do and hope the students like the spaces we create for them.

E: siukau.tai@ajhs.school.nz

Miriam Taylor

Counsellor

About Me

I am a part time Counsellor at AJHS. I am trained in person-centred counselling, and am passionate about the formation and education of our students. In nurturing their mental health and building their resilience, I aim to promote their overall development and improve their ability to manage future life challenges.

E: miriam.taylor@ajhs.school.nz

Pam Thomson

Teacher Aide

About Me

Am a member of the learning support team. My passion is to help students achieve and enjoy school. Working one on one or in small groups helps the student understand and they become more confident in their abilities. Have worked at AJHS for over 10 years.

E: pam.thomson@ajhs.school.nz

Bruce Wang

Business Manager

About Me

I am the business manager at Albany Junior High School since 2017. I am father of two sons. I have over 15 years of financial controlling, operational management and property management experiences. I have been dealing with muti- government agencies (CYFS, DOC, MOE, MOH etc.).

E: bruce.wang@ajhs.school.nz

Sandrea Ware

Library manager

About Me

A qualified, experienced school librarian. An avid reader of Children + Young Adult literature, I love to share my passion with our students. I have been at AJHS since its opening in 2005 and instrumental in the ongoing development of its Library.

E: sandrea.ware@ajhs.school.nz

Gillian Watson

Student Accounts

About Me

I have worked with the fabulous admin team for a number of years in the student accounts office dealing with the lovely parents and student payments. I have 3 kids and moved to NZ from the UK 13 years ago.

E: gillian.watson@ajhs.school.nz

Susan Williams

Library Assistant

About Me

I have been part of the Library team since 2015. Married with two boys who both attended this school. I have always had a passion for books and reading and I love helping reluctant readers to find just the right book.

E: susan.williams@ajhs.school.nz

Willa Wu

Teacher Aide

About Me

As a qualified bilingual translator in Chinese and English (NAATI & NZSTI), I have been working as an ESOL teacher aide in AJHS for 4 years since 2017 after working several years in a top international school back in China. I find my passion is in helping students to break language barriers. Being friendly and patient, I am pleased to support our international students and ESOL students to build confidence both in academic study and social life.

E: willa.wu@ajhs.school.nz