Daryl Gibbs - Principal

"I am honoured to have been selected by the Cambridge Middle School Board to serve and lead the learning for the Cambridge Middle School community.  My responsibility as the Principal is to ensure that your child continues to receive a high quality education within a safe, respectful and supportive environment. I believe the emerging adolescent is a very special and unique age group to teach. It takes a special balance of teaching knowledge, relationship building, caring and humour to be successful with middle school children. Children of this age are developing self-identity, opinions and an understanding of the world around them, and it takes people with a specific skill set and understanding to nurture them. I have a strong passion and commitment to developing programmes that support the academic, sporting, social and cultural development of our students. I look forward to working in partnership with you and your children."

Julie Dawick - Deputy Principal

"I am one of the Deputy Principals for Cambridge Middle School. I thoroughly enjoy my role and the responsibilities I have at our kura. As one of the Deputy Principals currently oversee Student Pastoral Care, Community Connections and Health and Safety. I work with our Assistant Principals to ensure we have effective and positive processes in place in regard to the pastoral care, behaviour management and welfare of our ākonga. I thoroughly enjoy working at Cambridge Middle School and am privileged to work with such an exciting and innovative team, dealing with an enthusiastic and diverse range of ākonga and having such a supportive school whānau and community."

Tagget Christophersen - Deputy Principal

"I am one of the Cambridge Middle School’s Deputy Principals. I am passionate about our kura and all it has to offer our ākonga. Some of my key responsibilities are curriculum, learning support, student engagement and school transitions. It is my privilege to support our ākonga, whānau and kaiako to make the most of their time at Cambridge Middle School. I have high expectations of our ākonga and support them to strive for excellence academically, socially and culturally. I look forward to working in partnership with you whilst your taitamaiti is at Cambridge Middle School."

Bridget Watkins - Deputy Principal

"I am one of the Deputy Principals at Cambridge Middle School. Our kura is a dynamic and exciting place for our emerging adolescents to learn and grow in during their journey with us. I am passionate about supporting and growing our staff and their teaching practice, and pedagogical knowledge to be able walk alongside our ākonga and guide their learning and development during their time at Cambridge Middle School. My responsibilities include developing staff capability, curriculum design, communication, and coordinating incoming student transition. I am honoured to work alongside such dedicated and innovative teachers, in a supportive school community that is committed to the successful development of our emerging adolescents."

Charlott Bayliss - Assistant Principal

"I am one of the Assistant Principals at Cambridge Middle School.  I am very excited to be a part of the leadership team as well as being able to continue supporting students at the classroom level.  As one of the Assistant Principals I currently oversee EOTC and Digital Technologies as well as having a supporting role with Pastoral Care, school wide planning and staff well-being.  I have a passion for unlocking the potential of all students and feel lucky to be able to work alongside equally passionate staff here at Cambridge Middle School."

Deirdre Finn - Assistant Principal

"I am one of the Assistant Principals at Cambridge Middle School.  Alongside this leadership role I teach in a classroom in a job share position. My responsibilities include working with our school pastoral team, guiding our akonga to navigate this emerging adolescent stage of life. I also help with the development of curriculum within our kura, and I am lucky to be part of such a dynamic staff who work hard to deliver robust learning programmes.  I really enjoy this age group and love to see them thrive when they are challenged and develop the skills to be lifelong learners."

Natalie Marsh - Assistant Principal

"I am one of the Assistant Principals at Cambridge Middle School working with our school pastoral team. My primary responsibilities are pouarataki - student well-being support and mentoring, high health needs, attendance and supporting Tū Maia, our wonderful group of student leaders. Working to connect with all ākonga and whānau and providing support wherever possible is something that I feel privileged to be able to do. I feel so lucky to work alongside professionals who want successful outcomes for all ākonga."
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Georgina Glenn

Room 22
Team Leader

Tessa Wood

Trisha Honey

Maddie Gordine

Katie Paterson

Room 18 (Wed. Thurs. Fri)
Team Leader

Laura Wallace

Room 18 (Mon & Tues)

Danielle Fuller

Tia Robinson

Room 17

Cullen Geurts

Natala Pettit

Room 05
Team Leader

Jenny-May Wilson

Leanne Haddock

Clarissa Ricardo

Room 07 (Wednesdays)

Esmee Clemow

Steve Guy

Room 03
Team Leader

Chris Garland

Tian Hancke

Room 02

Amy Purchase

Vicky Gleeson

Away - On Leave

Deirdre Finn

Room 12 
Team Leader

Amy Lorigan

Room 12 (Thursdays)

Rebecca Quayle

Room 13

Paul Mudge

Room 14

Andrew Burr

Theresa Valvoi

Room 21
Team Leader

Katie Scherer

Parental Leave

Chantell Harris

Kara Coulam

Marnie van de Wall

Parental Leave

Vania McKeown

Lucy Rowdon


Suzy Reid

Visual Art

Robyn Gibbeson

Food Technology

Benjamin Heaton

Design Thinking

Carla McCree

Design Thinking

Tracey Andrews

Performing Arts
Specialist Team Leader

Sacha Marnoch

Performing Arts

Jo Wright

Away - On Leave
Specialist Team Leader

Natalie Marsh

Student Wellbeing Support & Mentoring

Katie Paterson

SENCO (Mon & Tues)

Charlott Bayliss

SENCO (Wed. Thur. Fri)

Anita Hawkins

Sports Co-ordinator

Kahurangi Heta

Te ao Maaori Support

Luke Hatton

IT Support

Sophie Dewstow-Wright

Parental Leave


Paula Harvey

Office Administrator 

Angela Welten

Finance Officer

Krista Bolton

Cherry Webber

Library Manager


Colin Hatton



Lorraine Shaw

Arleen Bridge

Christine O'Connor

Linnet Hatton

Jane Maclennan

Janine van de Pas

Santasha McGuire           

Phoebe Pettit


Bob White

Kia ora, My name is Bob White and I moved to Cambridge at the beginning of 2015 from Melbourne, Australia with my Kiwi wife who spent her childhood here in the Waikato. I have been involved in education for the past 40 odd years and I am now semi-retired working in consultancy work for education and business both here in NZ and Australia.

I have been a Principal of 5 large schools in 3 different states of Australia for a period of 25 years. These schools have been both single sex and co-educational and ranging from Year 1 through to matriculation. I was also a Supervisor of Schools in a Regional Educational precinct supporting primary, middle and secondary schools.

I have been involved in a variety of Boards of Management associated with different educational endeavours and thus I am keen to provide support to Cambridge Middle School.

My most recent position was on the Executive of an organisation which had the responsibility for the management of 50 schools across all states and territories throughout Australia. My role included the development of Strategic Planning, Formation of Senior staff especially Principals and Deputy Principals, Policy development and School Board support.

Students are central to any school and all consequent programs, organisation and structures need to have their development and interests at the centre. I have been privileged to work with some extraordinary young people over the years who will indeed make this world a better place.

Danielle Fuller

Kia Ora, My name is Danielle Fuller and I am the Staff Representative on the School Board. 

David Connors

Lena Cox

Michael Franklin

Vanessa Markwell


The PTA is a pivotal, voluntary organisation formed essentially to fundraise for important equipment to assist with learning and teaching. Projects are approved by our School Board and our dedicated PTA work brilliantly to make things happen. Their motto is 'no willing person is ever turned away.'

This association holds its A.G.M. in April. The election of officers plus committee
members usually number 3-10 personnel - no willing person is ever turned away.
Two or three staff members are given the responsibility of representing their colleagues at executive meetings.


Maori enjoying and achieving education success as Maori
(2013 Ministry of Education, Ka Hikitia Accelerating Success)

How we bring to life this vision at Cambridge Middle School

To meet with our Cambridge Middle School whanau one to two times a term to discuss:
Ways to engage our Maori students in learning at school;
Ways to engage whanau, hapu and iwi positively in their Maori student's learning,
both inside and outside the classroom;
Ways to enhance our local curriculum to reflect the Maori identity, language and culture in each are.

Waiho I te toipoto, kaua I te toiroa
Let us keep close together, not wide apart

Kia mau ki to Maoritanga
Hold fast to your culture.


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