Kōwhai 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.

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

Helen Fairclough
Kōwhai team leader, Teacher Room 1, New entrants and Year 1 class

Helen Fairclough  is an experienced junior school school teacher who has been teaching Year 0 and 1 children at Long Bay Primary since 2007.

Helen has been teaching for over thirty years. She trained as a teacher in the UK and has taught a range of classes from nursery aged children (kindergarten) to Year 2. She taught mainly in the North of England. Since migrating to New Zealand, Helen has taught at Coatesville and Kaukapapa School before joining Long Bay. She completed her Bachelor of Education Degree.

Helen lives on the North Shore with her family.

Dee McGibbon
Teacher Room 2, New Entrants and Year 1 class

Dee completed her Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree at The University of Auckland in 2011.  She worked at Oteha Valley School in 2012 as their new entrant teacher, and since 2013 at Long Bay Primary.

She believes it is a privilege to guide and nurture a love of learning that will see our little ones start their learning journeys with confidence and purpose. Dee lives on the North Shore and is married with two boys.

Tarina MacKay
Teacher Room 2A, New Entrants and Year 1 class

Tarina MacKay is excited to join the Long Bay New Entrant team in 2017.  She is a recent graduate from AUT completing a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching.

Tarina has always had a passion for working with children and enjoys building learning relationships that foster the development of the whole child.

Tarina has grown up on the North Shore and lives locally with her husband and children.  She loves the beach, spending time with family, keeping fit and enjoying the outdoors.

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