Helen has been involved in education for around 30 years. During this time she has taught at Whangaparaoa Primary School, and in 1986-91 was the founding Principal of KingsWay School. After leaving and starting a family Helen became founding Director of MASTERS Institute (Teacher Training), a curriculum developer and publisher (Interact Curriculum and SparX, and Celebrate Art resources), and home educated her five children with her husband Dean. Through all these experiences, and particularly through parenting and teaching her own children, Helen has seen the importance of learning being relevant to real life, based in relationship, being both authentic, and connected. Highlights of real life learning for her family included a year long trip around the world in which they spent six months in developing countries and six months traveling and learning in Europe in a campervan. Helen became the principal of Mahurangi Christian School in 2011, transitioning the school to Horizon School in 2015. She loves working with a team of enthusiastic, happy, skilful teachers who care about inspiring and equipping individual learners.
From the Principal's Desk
Horizon School has a creative and reflective staff working to inspire and challenge our learners. It is great to see self-management and enthusiasm in response to new learning. Laughter and sparkling eyes are common. Our roll is growing and we have new classrooms, staffroom and offices to meet the needs of our expanding school community
Our application for secondary years learning has been approved and we are now known as a Composite School, for students from Years 1 - 13, providing that pathway to allow students and families to complete their compulsory education journey at the same place.
Helen is the Lead Principal for the Mahurangi Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) which consists of a large secondary school, 6 state primary schools and Horizon School. Through this role she is working to build community from a group of schools who have never worked together before, and to inspire teachers from the eight schools to inquire deeply into what causes more effective learning in our students are exciting.
At Horizon School we value strong relationships with our community and we welcome visitors, many of whom come to observe, volunteer, inquire or enrol.