Our Staff

Welcome to our new staff lineup for 2017.

Mrs Newth teaching Year 1 students with the support of Mrs Pethybridge.

Pamela Bhika as Deputy Principal and also Year4/5 teacher.

Armen Valesyan teaching Years 2/3.

Kelsy Fletcher teaching our Year5/6 pupils.

Mrs Dombroski teaching Reading Recovery.  

Maria Konia our school secretary.

David Peihopa to his job as caretaker and mentor suppor.t

Stephanie Taniora our librarian as well as her being a  teacher aide with Sala Alona.

 Pam Ryder our Social Worker in Schools (SWIS) caregiver.

Strength in our diversity, Kia kaha.




Relieving Principal

Colin Dale


A very warm welcome to each and every one of you who have chosen to be a member of our school community. This special place is rich with cultural traditions that provide a wonderful foundation for quality learning.

I am relieving principal here at Onepoto for the next few months and find myself loving every moment of school life here.

We are revamping our programmes and are now offering some exciting special programmes in reading, hip hop, drumming and a number of sports.

Please come and have a coffee with us and share your whanau story – we are genuinely interested.




Deputy Principal

Pamela Bhika

I have the honour of being the Deputy Principal at Onepoto Primary. 

Over the past 11 years, I have taught various age levels which have included Year 3 to Year 6 as well as a year with new entrants. I am currently teaching a Year 4/5 class in the senior School.

 I love teaching at Onepoto and consider myself lucky to be working in such a wonderful and supportive environment alongside dedicated teachers and enthusiastic children.




Maria Konia



Armen Valesyan

I have been teaching at Onepoto since 2007. This is the kind of school where dreams come true. I enjoy helping the children to become more thoughtful and confident in everything they do. In 2017 I am working with Year 2 and 3 students in the Junior Syndicate. 

Apart of teaching I also  enjoy learning new things, reading people and writing books.



Kelsy Fletcher

Malo e lelei!

I have been teaching since 2014 and I am really excited to be working at Onepoto School with the seniors.

As well as core subjects, I do a lot of music and science in my classroom, as those are my background areas. I love learning, and I aim for the children I work with to love learning too! We all work together to make sure that we are doing our best and caring for ourselves, each other and our environment.

Outside of school, I enjoy fitness, photography, travel, cooking, music and gardening.

I am loving working with the Onepoto Community.


Reading Recovery/ SENCO/ Classroom Release Teacher

Julie Newth

I have been teaching at Onepoto School for many years now and continue to believe it is a very special little school and I am proud to be able to say I teach here.

I completed my retraining as a Reading Recovery teacher last year and found it both stimulating and challenging.  I look forward to working with 5 children a day on this specialised programme.

I  also release all teachers for their classroom release time.  I am really enjoying being involved in all class levels and  seeing the children in  different stages of their learning. 

I am  the SENCO for our school which involves working closely with the wonderful teacher aides we have and ensuring that children's individual needs are met.  Working with different agencies to assist with children's learning and behaviour is an important aspect of my SENCO role.

I have a number of interests outside teaching which include reading, keeping fit, cooking, eating and travelling to different countries and places within New Zealand.


Teacher Aide/ Librarian

Stephanie Taniora

I have worked at Onepoto for 7 years and have enjoyed both my roles as Teacher Aide and Librarian. I take pride in my work and I love the "family" atmosphere at this school.  I have one daughter who keeps me very busy.  In my spare time I enjoy reading and catching up with my family.


Teacher Aide

Sala Alona-Evaroa

I have worked at Onepoto for almost five years now as a Teacher Aide assisting children throughout the school. I always try to do my job to the best of my ability.





David Peihopa


Onepoto Primary School
Fraser Avenue
Northcote 0627
North Shore City
Fraser Avenue
PO Box 36 126
Northcote NSC 0748
Phone:+64 (0)9 480 7469
Fax:+64 (0)9 419 2168