Mr Greg Thornton

Principal
Te Oko Horoi House

Greg has returned to New Zealand from Hong Kong where he was the Vice Principal at Sha Tin International College for five years. He has enjoyed settling in to the Cambridge community and is proud of the role CHS plays in providing high quality learning opportunities for our students. 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 (Strengthening Learning)
Supporting our Year 12 Students
Horotiu House

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 (Strengthening Culture)
Overall Pastoral Support
Parawhau House

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.

Mr Paul McAvoy

Deputy Principal (Strengthening Us)
Supporting our Year 10 students
Te Oko Horoi House

Mr McAvoy joins the school as Deputy Principal having spent four years in the Principal Team of One School Global New Zealand.  Although originally from the United Kingdom, prior to arriving in New Zealand Mr McAvoy spent a number of years teaching in South Africa, including five years as Principal of Northwood School in Durban.  He has a passion for sport and referees rugby regularly.  He has also spent many years playing and coaching chess at a high level.  Mr McAvoy oversees Rowing at CHS and focuses on the Strengthening Us portfolio with the SLT.

Mrs Sandra McKinnon

Assistant Principal (Strengthening Us)
Supporting our Year 13 students
Pukeroro House

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 (Strengthening Culture)
Supporting our Year 9 Students
Te Koopu Maania House

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 Joanna Bartch

Assistant Principal (Strengthening Learning)
Supporting our Year 11 Students
Te Koo Utu House

Mrs Bartch has had a variety of roles in her 13 years of teaching; a Dean at Wellington Girls’ College, Assistant Head of Mathematics at Westlake Girls High School and Head of Mathematics at Whangaparaoa College. Before coming in to teaching she was a Tax Accountant with PwC, UK. Joanna is a life long learner who is passionate about improving educational outcomes for our young people. She is married to John and has two daughters.

Mrs Amanda Wright

Business Manager
Pukeroro House

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