Bernadette Newlands

(Non teaching principal)

Bernadette has been the Principal at Macandrew Bay School since the end of 2003. She loves living and working on the Otago Peninsula and has had the pleasure of teaching at all the Peninsula schools over her teaching career. Bernadette loves seeing children grow and develop as learners and is very proud of the fantastic children and staff at Macandrew Bay School. Adults and children alike are passionate about their learning and love giving new challenges a go. She particularly loves teaching Visual Art, creative writing and sharing her love of literature and literacy with children.
Bernadette loves traveling both within and outside of New Zealand, reading, going to the movies and relaxing with friends and family at home by the beautiful Otago Harbour. She enjoys contributing to her profession by being an active member of the Otago Primary Principals Association Executive, is President of Saturday Morning Music and a Trustee on the Otago Life Education Trust. The Trust brings Health Education programmes to Otago schools.


Deputy Principal, responsible for the Junior School

Nic BrownJunior School Syndicate Leader

Rata 2 -Year

Nic joined the Macandrew Bay team in 2013 and she really enjoys teaching in such beautiful surroundings. Nic is an experienced teacher and she began her career in 1997. She has also taught overseas in the United Kingdom for almost 4 years. Nic is passionate about teaching, especially the early years at school. She loves the diversity and challenge that each day brings in teaching. Nic enjoys encouraging children to give everything a go and to always strive to achieve their personal best with a smile. She has special interests in teaching Health, Maori (including Kapa Haka) and Inquiry Learning. She loves the outdoors and when she is not teaching Nic can often be found on her mountain bike or on the trails around Dunedin, running! Nic also enjoys travelling, cooking, wine tasting and reading. She hopes to complete her Master of Teaching in the near future.

Deputy Principal, responsible for the Senior School

Robyn Brooker- Senior School Syndicate Leader

Tui – Year 3

Robyn has been teaching at Macandrew Bay School since 2008. She enjoys teaching the middle school age group because of the independence in skill this age group is developing. She is literacy lead teacher and loves observing the development of children in all areas of literacy. Robyn likes to explore the artworks of different artists and work with children exploring different mediums of art. She enjoys the opportunities for continued learning that comes for her as well as the children in this age group.

Outside school Robyn enjoys Central Otago and has spent many Summer and Winter holidays there over the years. She enjoys travelling both in New Zealand and further afield. Robyn enjoys Geography and the opportunity to explore new and old places, as well as attempting to speak the local languages of places visited. Robyn enjoys different Architecture and buildings and likes to sketch for pleasure whilst relaxing on holiday.

Judy Hawker-Room 1 (Thursdays)

Toroa – Year 6

Judy has been teaching at school for quite a few years now, initially a few hours part time and is now teaching one day a week in the Senior classroom. She enjoys teaching the Year 6 age group and loves teaching children to become independent learners. She feels it is important to teach children to set goals and challenge themselves in their learning. Judy really loves the way Macandrew Bay School teaches schoolwide integrated topics so children have rich learning experiences across the curriculum. She is the Senior Lead Maths teacher and has a passion for teaching Maths, especially to reluctant learners!

Outside school Judy enjoys going to the gym, walking on the local beaches, gardening, knitting and spinning, camping in summer and relaxing on a warm beach in a Pacific Island mid winter if possible. She is lucky enough to live in the Macandrew Bay area, overlooking the beautiful Otago Harbour, and is involved in the local yacht club, although no longer sails herself!

Christine Ward

Toroa – Year 6

photoChris has been teaching at Macandrew Bay School since 2010, this year she is enjoying working four days a week in Room 1 with Judy Hawker. Chris has taught across all year levels in her time teaching. She spent her first years of teaching in Nelson before heading overseas to London for 5 years. She worked in a variety of schools there and also worked as a tour guide and cook in ski chalets in Europe. A challenging but fun experience! Chris has two children of her own at our school and thinks Mac Bay is a fantastic place to work and for children to be! Chris has lived in Macandrew Bay for 9 years and still loves the changing view of the harbour!
Christine enjoys teaching Drama, Visual Art and Writing particularly and is passionate about seeing children reach their potential. In her spare time she enjoys baking, walking her dog, spending time with her family, going to the gym and playing netball!

Andrew Mitchell– Karearea

Year 4

Andrew has been part of our team since 2008 and strives to motivate, engage and challenge the students at their level of ability across all aspects of the curriculum. Andrew is ICT lead teacher and enjoys incorporating a range of technologies into his teaching.I aim to nurture our students’ ability to think critically and creatively, connect with, and communicate their understanding of the world using a wide variety of media, and develop self-awareness and a sense of responsibility and independence.

I enjoy playing a range of sports including tennis and hockey and am currently working on my golf handicap in my spare time.

Debbie Mc Ewan – Karearea

Year 4

Debbie joined the team in 2018 after a ten year break from teaching. She is currently working two days a week in the Year 4 class which offers her a great work/life balance. Debbie particularly enjoys the unique community feel in Macandrew Bay and the way the children are able to support each other both inside and outside the classroom.

Debbie has spent most of her teaching career in Auckland, in a range of schools across the region. She enjoys working with all age groups, across all areas of the curriculum and gets a real sense of achievement when children are able to confidently demonstrate a new skill or ability.

Debbie has three children and lives in her family home in Andersons Bay. In her spare time, she likes to travel, read and make soap and other skincare products.

Matt Direen– Korimako

Year 5

Matt started teaching at Macandrew Bay School in 2011 after being posted here as a student. He returned to teaching after spending time overseas living in a variety of countries playing professional rugby and travelling. Matt is keenly interested in the sciences and enjoys providing hands on learning activities for his students. He enjoys building positive attitudes towards numeracy in his class and challenging his students to improve. Matt has a strong interest in promoting team sports and games as a medium for developing children’s skills in the key competencies. Matt enjoys every day at Macandrew Bay School and loves seeing students seek and overcome challenges.


Mel Gaul –Kakano

Year 1 – New Entrants

Mel has been teaching at Macandrew Bay School since 2018. She worked for one term before taking maternity leave to have her wee baby girl, Harriet. In 2019 she is enjoying working four days a week in Kakano with Shelley Dixon. She just loves having Wednesday’s to spend special time with Harriet! Mel has taught across Years 0, 1, 2 and 3 in her time teaching. She spent her first 3 years of teaching in Alexandra before heading to teach in Milton then at Grants Braes Primary School in Dunedin. Mel is our Enviro Leader at Macandrew Bay School and is passionate about children making a positive impact on our environment, especially at our school and within our special community. Within her teaching, Mel strives to develop future-focused children who take lots of risks, persevere, problem solve and have a growth mindset. She believes that positive, meaningful relationships with her students, student’s whanau and colleagues are the most important thing in her job. Outside of school, Mel loves spending time with her family and friends. She plays volleyball, netball and tennis and is an avid runner (at least she was before having Harriet!)


Beth Wells

Kowhai – Year 1



Shelly Dixon



Ailsa Rose

Te Reo Specialist Teacher in all classes.

Joy Chilcott

Music Specialist Teacher in all classes.


Reading Recovery – Kate Pritchard


Support Staff

Teachers Aides:

Amanda Brown

Erin Anson

Monica Rodriquez

Holly Coory

Penny Inglis

School Secretary

Irene Cron


Gill Fisher


Roy Anderson

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