Grant Watson
Grant WatsonPrincipal
Kia Ora. I am Grant Watson and the Principal at Upper Moutere School. I feel very lucky to be leading this school with the support of an extremely motivated, enthusiastic and hard working staff. I am also grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a positive and responsive group of children, who are well mannered and care for each other. The leadership our year 7 and 8 students take in our school impresses me greatly, I enjoy their enthusiasm, maturity and responsibility. We have been fortunate to have had to the opportunity to develop some collaborative learning spaces which has challenged us and provided a positive catalyst for developing how we provide teaching and learning opportunities in our school. You are very welcome to visit us and see our school in action.
Heidi Olykan
Heidi Olykan - Deputy Principal, Teacher Years 7 and 8 Marama
Kia ora Whanau. Heidi joined Upper Moutere in term 2 2018. 

Our Teaching Team Members

Julieanne Dowell
Kia ora I am Julieanne Dowell and for 2018 I am teaching in Marama which is our learning space for our Year 7&8 students. I love being part of a collaborative teaching space and am looking forward to being part of Marama and our Y7&8 team this year.
Rachael Whalley
Rachael Whalley Teacher of New Entrants. Year 1,2, Ramaroa iti
Hi I am Rachael and I feel privileged to be teaching at Upper Moutere school. I love the way the children come to school so full of enthusiasm, curiosity and a readiness to learn.
Jaki Van Dijk
Jaki Van DijkTeacher Year 3,4,5 Turama
Hi I’m Jaki. For 2018 I am joining Lauren in Turama. I’m enjoy the rewards and challenges that teaching brings. I am really pleased to be a part of this school as we have a fantastically supportive and caring team.
Lauren Elsom
Lauren ElsomTeacher of Years 3,4,5 Turama
Kia Ora I joined the teaching team in Term 1 2016.
Jazmin Clark
Jazmin ClarkTeacher of Year 5,6 Ramaroa nui
Jazmin joins Upper Moutere for the remainder of 2018 while Kirsty is on Maternity Leave..
Cathy EllisRelease Teacher
I’m Cathy one of the release teachers here at Upper Moutere School which means I have the privilege of teaching all classes at the school over the week.

Our Teacher Aides

  • Bridget Druce
  • Olivia Damian
  • Yvette Watson-Cook
Saree Dickson
Saree DicksonOffice Administrator

Our Board of Trustees

  • Dot Kettle – Chairperson
  • Matthes Bender
  • Patsy Berriman
  • John Erni
  • Julieanne Dowell – Staff Representative
  • Grant Watson – Principal