Mr Greg Thornton

Principal

Greg has returned to New Zealand from Hong Kong where he was the Vice Principal at Sha Tin International College where he had worked for the last five years. He brings with him to Cambridge his wife Teresa and two children. Greg has been a Deputy Principal at Mount Aspiring College and has also been a Head of Faculty and teacher at Takapuna Grammar, Manurewa High School and Rangitoto College.

Mrs Carol Webb

Deputy Principal (Academic & Curriculum)

Mrs Webb has been teaching for over 25 years and has experience both in New Zealand and overseas. She joins us from Hamilton Boys’ High School where she was Director of Teaching and Learning. Carol is excited about promoting Cambridge High School’s philosophy of “Excellence and diligence in a supportive environment.”

Mr John McDonnell

Deputy Principal (Welfare & Pastoral Care)

Mr McDonnell hails from Wanganui where he was an Assistant Principal of Wanganui High School and is in his tenth year as Deputy Principal of Cambridge High School. Mr McDonnell is married to Margaret and has two children.

Mrs Sandra McKinnon

Assistant Principal (Academic Achievement)

Mrs McKinnon came to Cambridge High School in 1991 as the Head of Social Sciences. Originally from Auckland she has taught History, English and Social Studies at both Matamata College and Putaruru College. In 2003 she became Assistant Principal with responsibility for the implementation of NCEA and liaison with NZQA. In recent times she has moved into Senior Academic Performance for all students, with a particular focus on those at academic risk. She is also responsible for all course selection processes and is happy to assist any parent or student seeking advice in this area.

Mr Marcel Kuijpers

Assistant Principal (Welfare and Pastoral Care)

Mr Kuijpers, originally from The Netherlands, grew up in the town of Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty. During his time at Cambridge High School Mr Kuijpers has held a number of positions including Year 9 Dean, Head of Mathematics and Assistant Principal. He has also been the teacher in charge and a long time coach of Volleyball. Mr Kuijpers and his wife Mandy live out in Roto-O-Rangi with their three daughters.

Mrs Amanda Wright

Business Manager

Mr Guy Ockenden

Director of Sport & Culture

Guy is originally from Hawke’s Bay and started his career as a Teacher of Economics, Drama and English.  For the last twenty years he has held senior management roles in various charitable organisations.  Most recently, NZ Riding for the Disabled and Parent to Parent NZ Inc.

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