Strategic Leadership Team

We believe that at it’s core, the requirements of school leadership today are very different to previous models. Our leadership model requires leaders who truly involve others, and see the value of creating an expanded leadership team. The OrmPS Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) will provide guidance, mentoring and set the direction for the school.

Meet our “#Oresome” SLT

Heath McNeil
Heath McNeilLeader of Learning
Heath grew up in Pakuranga and attended Riverina School, Pakuranga Intermediate and Edgewater College. A Bachelor of Arts in Education and Geography at the University of Auckland followed school. Heath then achieved a Diploma of Teaching from the Auckland College of Education.
His first teaching position was as a foundation staff member at Point View School. This was followed by over seven years at Saint Kentigern College, teaching in the Intermediate Department. He held a number of curriculum and management positions across the school including Deputy and Acting Head of Boarding. Heath was one of the pioneer educators to teach in a 1 to 1 computer laptop programme from 2000 to 2004. He also completed a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) at this time.
A promotion to Deputy Principal led to Rowandale Primary School for four years before winning his first Principal position. During his tenure as principal of Ramarama School, Heath guided the school through a re-visioning process along with re-development of e-learning and the wider curriculum. The introduction of a building programme to support flexible learning was also undertaken during the five years. He has also presented at conferences on curriculum development, e-learning and inquiry learning. Heath is currently the secretary of the Auckland Primary Principals Association and is a member of the Executive.
Heath’s passion outside of education is football which he played to a National League level and represented the New Zealand Universities team. He has coached at an International level at U15 and U19 age groups for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Association. Heath lives in Dannemora with his wife Sally, who is an Early Childhood teacher. They have three children; Ronan (16), Ciara (14) and Eilish (11).
Diana Wilkes
Diana WilkesAssociate Leader of Learning
Diana is foundation Associate Leader of Learning @OrmPS. Her lifelong learning journey includes a Masters in Educational Technology, Bachelor of Science., Bachelor of Education and more recently, the National Aspiring Principals Program. She is a Google Certified Innovator who completed the Mindlab Post Grad Certificate in Applied Practice in 2015. She is a member of EAPPA, WIEL and NZ’s GEG.

Diana loves to read, watch movies and travel. She is mommy to 3 gorgeous fur babies of the feline persuasion. While Diana was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario she now defines herself as a ‘Canadian Kiwi’ who met her New Zealander husband in South Korea, one of the 52 countries they have visited.
Previously, Diana worked with Cognition Education for 7 years in both the Middle East and New Zealand where she supported school leaders and teachers to use innovative pedagogy and digital technologies through coaching, mentoring and inquiry models.

Diana is committed to creating opportunities that enable all learners to drive their own learning by challenging them to think and act differently. She has been loving her learning journey @OrmPS working with such a #oresome team and looks forward to collaboratively growing our PB4L approach, fostering inquiry driven professional development and developing our OrmPS curriculum. She is passionate about guiding all learners in the Ormiston Community Campus to achieve success through personalised learning pathways in our exciting, world-class, innovative learning environment.

Bev Aerenga
Bev AerengaConnected Leader
Bev completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary Pathway) at the Auckland College of Education in 2003. Prior to this she had studied at Excel School of Performing arts with a Diploma of Performance in Drama.

Bev has taught at Manurewa West Primary School and Manurewa Intermediate School. In the past 2 years Bev has been a team leader and an acting deputy principal at Royal Oak Intermediate School. It was during her time as a leader that Bev completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management at Unitec.

Bev is passionate about kids. Her learners are at the forefront of all the decisions she makes as an Educator. She is reflective about her practice as a teacher. She thoroughly enjoys being a Learning Coach in LH3. Bev is also humbled at being assigned the Connected leader position here at Ormiston. This role will see Bev making strong connections between the Ormiston community and school. Bev has started her role by forging a partnership with Language Partners NZ and implementing English language classes for the community. We have also got student social workers currently working in our school and we will soon have student counsellors studying here too. Look out for the parent focus groups that Bev runs throughout the holidays. These focus groups will help the consultation process between Ormiston community and our school.

Bev has two sons who are 7 and 6 years old. She has a huge immediate family who support everything she does and are the reason why she has been able to accomplish all her goals.

Koral Doidge
Koral DoidgeExecutive Officer
Koral joins us from Ramarama School. She has over 17 years of extensive experience in the education sector. Koral brings a wealth of experience to Ormiston Primary with her administrative skills including finance, payroll and systems management.

Koral was also actively involved as Minute Secretary on the Board of Trustees at Ramarama School for many years.

Koral is passionate and enthusiastic in all aspects of school life; being part of a team, not to mention the achievements and well being of all learners.

Her interests include walking, reading, travelling and having quality family time. Koral is looking forward to meeting all our learners and their families at Ormiston Primary School.

“Senior leaders are working strategically to implement the school vision and direction. They provide good support for teachers as they continue to develop shared understanding of teaching and learning approaches and embed good practices. School appraisal systems are being implemented in a way that contributes to building a reflective school culture.” (ERO, 2015)

Cassandra Everts Administrator
Cassandra grew up in the Waikato then moved to Singapore where she attended an international school for eight years. Upon returning to NZ she went to Waikato University gaining Bachelors and Masters degrees in Management Studies. She worked in the tertiary education sector recruiting international students for both Waikato and Auckland Universities. Becoming a mother to Olivia and Jackson saw a change in direction and she re-trained in the Fitness industry to become a Personal Trainer running her own business for the next 8 years. Helping people to educate themselves about health and fitness and achieving their personal goals drove her to get up at 4.30am most mornings for work!

A continued passion for education and a new opportunity led back to the education industry with 3 years at Rowandale Primary as a learning assistant and administrator before moving to Ormiston Primary. Cassandra hopes to share her life experiences and contribute positively to the Ormiston learning environment.

Cassandra has a passion for travel, she has been to over 40 countries in the world through work and personal travel. She loves biking, paddle boarding, boating, asian cuisine and time with her family.