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A word from the Principal

Aroha Hohepa

Thorndon School is a multicultural inner city kura bursting with creativity and individuality. We believe encouraging and growing our mokopuna in their own mana lays the platform for each student to reach personal excellence.


Our team engages in positive and respectful relationships with mokopuna, whānau, colleagues and the wider community. We value growing in our own knowledge as educational specialists, utilising research informed practices to deliver quality education.


Thorndon is committed to being a true Te Tiriti o Waitangi informed kura. As we sit on Te Pā o Pipitea, a significant historical site, we are growing in our knowledge and understanding of our local history to uphold this commitment.


Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Kura o Pipitea.

If you have general enquiries about the school, please contact the administration staff. 

If you have a specific enquiry, please feel free to direct it to the appropriate person listed below.

For any classroom related issues, your first point of call should be your child's whānau (pastoral care) teacher. If you would like to meet and discuss anything with teaching staff, an email is a useful way of booking a time.

Whānau teachers aim to reply to emails within 24 hours, so if you have an urgent request or concern, please call the office directly.

Our Team

Senior Leadership

Tumuaki / Principal: Aroha Hohepa

Tumuaki Tuarua / Deputy Principal: Charlotte Hills


Office Manager: Hela Isaac

Accounts Manager:  Holly Rademaker

Tūī Team (Years 1 & 2)

Team Leader: Leah Reid

Teacher: Izzy Blackburne

Teacher: Melanie Goonan

Kererū Team (Years 2, 3 & 4)

Team Leader: Ximena Aitken

Teacher: Vanessa Ellis

Teacher: Tim Snell

Kākāpō Team (Years 5 & 6)

Team Leader: Claire Mandengu

Teacher: Jade Edmonds 

Teacher:  Brent De Saxe

Kea Team (Years 7 & 8)

Team Leader: Isaac Jerez

Teacher: Leanne Mahoney

Specialty Teachers & Support Staff

Music Teacher: Sean O’Connor

ESOL Teacher: Carol Glover

Teacher Aide: Heather Tran

Teacher Aide: Kim Millar-Hughes

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