Kauri Syndicate

Our Year 5 and 6 students belong to the Kauri syndicate.

We have an 'open door' policy at our school. This means you are always welcome to pop down and see us if you have any queries or concerns. If we are not immediately available, we will arrange a mutual convenient time to talk with you.

Kauri class teachers have set up websites for you to keep up with our learning and programmes. These can be accessed by here.

Miranda Kelly
Kauri Team Leader, Teacher Room 14, Year 5/6 class (shared with Victoria Koopen)

Miranda has been teaching since 2001, working in Palmerston North, Blenheim and Auckland with children from Year 0 to Year 13. She shares a class with Mrs Claire Dowson and is passionate about helping children to progress in their learning. Miranda can play the piano well and has taught singing at NCEA Level 3.

Miranda wrote and provided the music direction for the most recent school musical.

She is married to Phil and has two sons.

Aaron Joyes
Teacher Room 13, Year 5/6 class

Aaron entered teaching after a career in the marine and media industries. Married with two children, he grew up on the North Shore and returned here to live after working overseas.  Aaron is part of the Long Bay School eLearning and Maori leadership teams. He has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching.

Adele Montgomery
Teacher Room 15, Year 5/6 class

Adele Montgomery joined the team at Long Bay Primary in 2015, moving from Wellington where she had taught Year 4, 5 and 6 classes over the previous 7 years. She also spent 3 years teaching English in Japan prior to training as a teacher. She has a Bachelor of the Arts in Japanese and Linguistics and then completed her Post Graduate Primary Teaching Diploma at Victoria University, Wellington. 
Japanese and languages are one of Adele's passions. Others are IT use to enhance education, sport and dance. Adele leads the eLearning Team at Long Bay Primary. She particularly enjoys the holistic nature of primary school teaching.

Kevin Sutherland
Teacher Room 16, Year 5/6 class

Kevin Sutherland is in his third year of teaching. He decided to leave school early and complete a building apprenticeship. He then realised the value of education and at the age of 20 made the jump to sign up to University where he completed a Bachelor of Education.

Kevin enjoys the outdoors getting out in the bush or on the water, and has an interest in Te Reo Maori. He is passionate about following the interest of the child and developing the belief in themselves as learners.

Long Bay Primary School, Ralph Eagles Place, Long Bay. North Shore, New Zealand. Phone: (09) 473 6077. Email: admin@longbayprimary.ac.nz