Principal and Support Staff

Linda Barton

Linda started as the Long Bay School principal in 2011.

Linda has been a teacher for many years, she has strong senior management experience and has worked with students from New Entrant to Year 8 level. During her career Linda has worked in a range of wonderful Auckland schools from urban to rural, from 100 to over 1000 students (Whenuapai, Taupaki, Glen Eden Intermediate and Waioneke).

Linda is passionate about teaching, and enjoys working with her colleagues and being part of a school community.

In their spare time Linda and her husband Bruce love outdoor activities like fishing and camping, and enjoy spending time with their family. Being grandparents to their three little grandsons is a special joy.

Jo Patrick

Associate Principal

Jo began her role as Associate Principal in 2006. She has a Diploma in Teaching and Bachelor of Education from Waikato University, trained to teach English as a Second Language in London,and has completed a Masters in Education (Honours) with the University of Auckland.

She has been a classroom teacher for many years: in Whakatane for her first year, at Sherwood School, Browns Bay in 1985 and 1986, Aycliffe Drive JMI in Hemel Hempstead in the UK for two years, and Milford and Marina View Schools in Auckland in the early 1990's.

Jo developed a particularly strong interest in maths teaching in the 1990's, and worked on a Ministry of Education contract 'Parent Education in Relation to Maths' in 1995. She lectured in maths education at Auckland College of Education and was a Maths Adviser and Numeracy Facilitator based at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education for seven years. Jo currently leads the numeracy curriculum team.

Jo has a teenage daughter and lives locally.

Julie Butler
Associate Principal

Julie Butler has been a member of the Long Bay Primary staff since 1996. She has lived in Torbay for the last twentyfive years and enjoys meeting past and present students and their families at the local beaches and shops.Julie has three children, now well into their twenties, who have all attended Long Bay Primary and the local schools.

2017 sees a change of role and days for Julie. After many years as a full-time classroom teacher and team leader, she has moved out of the classroom and into a three day week, with a focus on assisting special needs students and ESOL students and science curriculum development.

She continues to be a member of the Senior management Team.

Sandra Nicholls
Office administration

Sandra emigrated from the UK in 2004 with her husband and two sons. Before Sandra immigrated to New Zealand, she had worked as an administrator with a large electrical industry in the UK and as a PA for an investment and mortgage company. Prior to starting at Long Bay Primary in 2014, she worked as an office administrator at Rangitoto College for nine years.

Sandra enjoys being part of Long Bay Primary and enjoys working with the younger students. She has a current first aid certificate.

Lorna Corrie
Office administration

Lorna joined Long Bay Primary in May 2016. She has a background in Event Management and Administration and previously worked in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
She lives locally with her husband and two daughters. Lorna enjoys working with and looking after the school students.


Sandy Tickner
Office administration

Sandy has been at Long bay Primary since 2006, starting off as a teacher aide. She is currently responsible for the financial administration within the school and the person to see if you have queries with financial matters.

Sandy lives locally and loves to spend time with family and friends.

John Underwood
Property Manager

John is an experienced property manager. John worked as both a builder and a forest ranger prior to managing school property. He was employed at a primary school in Perth for three years and at Westlake Girls High School for 14 years. John loves living on the North Shore and enjoys being at Long Bay Primary.

Betty Knoppert
Teacher Aide

Born and educated in The Netherlands, Betty arrived in New Zealand in 1971 and worked as a nurse in Selwyn Village for three years.

After settling in Torbay, her family became one of the foundation families of Long Bay Primary School. Her five sons enjoyed their learning, made lifelong friends and have fond memories of this school.

Betty joined the staff in 1995 as a teacher aide and enjoys working with the students.

Her favourite things are family, friends, home & garden, coffee and going for walks at Long Bay Beach.

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