About Mt Cook School

Our values and vision

Mt Cook is a community where belonging, curiosity and creativity matter.

We work hard to make Mt Cook School a place where tamariki, whanau and staff feel like they belong. We want our people to be who they are and know that they are valued for that. Mt Cook School is a place where curiosity is nurtured and our tamariki are given the time and space to explore the world around them in creative ways.

Waewae Kai Kapua
Mana Tamariki

Who we are & what we do

Mt Cook is a diverse, vibrant inner-city school with a roll of around 260 tamariki. We have an engaged close-knit community, a highly supportive board of trustees, and a talented committed staff who care. From our central city location, we have easy access to the exciting and diverse activities the city has to offer.

Mt Cook School is committed to providing a warm, inclusive learning environment for all of our tamariki. We aim to inspire and promote curiosity, creativity and individual growth through academic, cultural and physical experiences and the development of social skills. We embrace playfulness and want our children to feel joy in their learning.

Our learning dispositions

We have identified curiosity, confidence, perseverance and adaptability as the learning dispositions that will strengthen our tamariki as learners and 21st century citizens. In and out of the classroom. We create and seek rich learning experiences that allow our tamariki to grow their capability in these dispositions.

Our team

Adrianne McAllister
Briar Hohua
Office Manager
Kate Ashby
Deputy Principal | Senior Team Leader
Kōwhai, Yr 7/8
Marije Knevel
Associate Principal | Junior Team Leader
Peka Peka & Kereru, Yr 1/2
Shona Fort
Peka Peka & Kereru, Yr 1/2
Yue He
Kiwi, Yr 2
Eden Gray
Takahē, Yr 3/4
Lisa Wollner
Katipō, Yr 3/4
Gina Newman
Senior Teacher
Tuatara, Yr 5/6
Sam Wilson
Manaia, Yr 5/6
Silvia Meijer
Harakeke, Yr 7/8
Nicola Shuttleworth
Kowhai, Yr 7/8
Lucy Black
Scott McGregor
ESOL Teacher
Te Maia Williams
Te Reo Māori and Kapa Haka
Delia Culling

Simon Depree
Technology Team Leader
Hard Materials
Jason Cadwallader

Electronics/Design Technology
Louise Brownlee

Soft Materials/Sewing
Diane Chong

Food Technology
Kelly McArthur

Design Tech
Jenny Curtis

Resource Teacher of Literacy (based at MCS)
Karen Jones

Reading Recovery Teacher
Robyn O'Shea

Release Teacher
Kate Le Masurier

Release Teacher
Sheila Mackie-Paul

Release Teacher
Pippa Rippon

Teacher Aide
Sarah Beale

Teacher Aide
Eden Penfold

Teacher Aide
Asuka Milne

Teacher Aide
Callum Wood

Teacher Aide
Heather Coleman

Teacher Aide
Manisha Toley

Teacher Aide
Muna Koujan

Teacher Aide

Board of Trustees

Jo Hendy (Board Chair)
Sue Perry
David Lloyd
Orla Carmody
Orepa Fiaalii
Batool Arif
Adrianne McAllister (Principal)
Kate Ashby (Staff Rep)