School Vision

‘An inclusive Whānau environment, where our community is valued and committed to the personal excellence of all students and staff’

We can’t overplay the word Whānau in the school vision. Mountainview High school is one big family and our students readily develop a sense of belonging. Being a ‘Mountie’ is one of the best compliments our students and staff offer each other. Being part of the family, showing pride in the school and living our school values of Respect, being Responsible and Ready to Learn is common place here at Mountainview.

Mission Statement

To educate and inspire every student to strive for individual excellence by providing diverse opportunities within a well resourced, challenging, supportive and caring environment.

School Vision
  • Our  central  belief  is  that every  child  has  the  capacity to succeed and progress.
  • Our  students  are  challenged to  take  responsibility  for their  own  actions,  learning and  behaviour.   We  accept that  each  child  will  have their  own  unique  range  of talents.
  • The school is well resourced, well  disciplined,  and  has excellent  teachers  who provide  every  student  with the  skills  they  need  to  reach their potential.
  • Any  kind  of  bullying  or negative  behaviours  which limit  the  academic  or emotional  growth  of  any member  of  our  school community  will  not  be accepted.
  • Strong  support  is  provided between  staff,  students,  our leaders and our parents.
  • Our  curriculum  and  teaching strategies  are  in  accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • We  value  all  students,  all staff,  and  the  endeavour  to be the best at everything we do.
  • We  encourage  initiative  and innovative  ideas  at  all  levels of the school.
  • Students  support  each  other through  our  strong  whanau system  and  learn  leadership through being given genuine opportunities to lead.
  • Our school is a valuable part of  the  international community,  working  to strengthen relationships with schools  around  the  world  to enhance  our understanding of other cultures


  • We all have the right to learn and teach.
  • We take responsibility for our actions.
  • We care for each other and our environment.
  • We work hard.
  • We celebrate success.

Our school community believes in having high expectations of all our students irrespective of ability or background.

Māori dimensions and Cultural Diversity

Mountainview continues to develop procedures and practices that recognise New Zealand’s cultural diversity. Paramount to this is the unique position of Maori and Maori culture. In recognising the unique position of Maori learning opportunities for all are made available that embrace both Tikanga and Te Reo Maori. In addition significant work continues to be undertaken to develop the connection the school has with its Maori community.

Mountainview High School is an
innovative, inclusive high school that is
fiercely proud of the work it does.

Principal’s Welcome

I am proud to welcome you to the Mountainview website and trust that you will find the information that you need. After reading, I am sure you will agree with me that everything about Mountainview High School is exciting. We are a progressive high school that pursues personal excellence in all that we do. Whether it is the physical campus or the learning in and beyond our classrooms, you do not have to look hard to find excellence.

Being a relatively new school in our current form has allowed us to embrace innovation and not be hamstrung by tradition. This has created an approach to education that is highly responsive to the needs of our students. We provide a technology-rich, broad curriculum that ensures our students grow and develop into well-rounded and competent individuals. We are proud of the ‘Mounties’ who thrive beyond school.

Mark Jones

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the crown entity charged with the responsibility of overseeing the operations of Mountainview High School. They act as the employer and have responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the school. This can be found by consulting the policies on the policies page and by reading the school charter.

The Board represents all stakeholders with trustees (with the exception of the student trustee) being elected every three years. Board members are always happy for you to make contact and to share concerns or ideas.

Current Board members are:

Mr Andrew Dyne,
Board Chairperson

Mr Ross Christie,
Parent Representative

Mr Andrew Dixon,
Parent Representative

Mr Mark Rogers,
Parent Representative

Mr Richard Stott,
Parent Representative

Mrs Elizabeth Wilson,
Parent Representative

Mrs Cath Slee,
Parent Representative

Mr Jay Lovely,
Parent Representative

Mr Mark Jones,

2018 Maddy MacKenzie,
Student Representative

Mr Kenny Diamond,
Staff Representative

Staff Directory

Teaching Staff A - F

  Barge Sarah  Geography


  Barge Trevor HOD Geography

 Bennett Mark Agriculture/Science


 Blackie Al HOD Visual Art


 Buckley Dave Chemistry


   Campbell Sheree Spanish


 Charteris Selena  Mathematics


  Daymond Inia  Head of Junior School


   Diamond Kenny HOD Languages


  Duncan Brent HOD Arts


  Fisher Kimberley  Geography/Social Studies

Teaching Staff M - R

  McGregor Phil PE


  Mann Ian HOD Technology


  Marsh Peter Science


  Martin Don Hard Materials


  Oakden Natasha PE


  Peters Liz Deputy Principal


  Phillips Chris HOD PE/Health


  Rosewall Johanna ESOL


  Rush Rebecca HOD Drama

Support Staff

Lesley Ayson  Gateway

Debbie Boivin Executive Officer

Fiona CameronOffice Administrator

Brent CoeSite Manager

Trevor Cooper Technician

Lynn Henderson Careers and Pathways Education

Kirsten Hullen   Office Administrator

Julie James Librarian

Bruce Mattingly Groundsman

Jayne McNaught Science Technician

Vicki O’Brien Arts Co-ordinator

Beryl Parke STAR Administrator

Steve Rainey Comp Technician

Jackie Ryder Sports Co-ordinator

Nicki Stephenson   Attendance Officer/ Office Manager

Teaching Staff G - L

  Gibbs Dylan Maths


   Harris Mary Learning Support


  Haua Ani Maori


   Jacob Tess HOD Food Tech


 Johnson Peter HOD Maths


   Johnston Wendy Classical Studies/History


 Jones Mark Principal


  Kuperus Murray Business studies


  Lafferty Margaret Maths

Teaching Staff S - Z


  Shears Heather Transition


    Till Bernadette  English


  Wilson John International Students Director


   Winter Miles Health/Timetables


    Wright Carl IT

Learning Support Staff

Bishop Stephanie

Cosgrove Sue

Keys John

Hall Sally

Hand Dalene

Hessell Raewyn

Meggitt Sallie

Small Angela

Soesdorp Gary

Wainwright Julie

History of Mountainview High School

Mountainview High School has a rich history as a school that provides quality education for the young people of South Canterbury.

Timaru Technical School was founded in 1901 as a co-educational evening school for those who normally worked during the day. This was at a time when only a very small proportion of teenagers attended secondary day schools. It began with classes in Latin, French, English, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Shorthand, Printing, Cookery and Dressmaking operating in a building loaned from Main School. There were 212 enrolments with Mr J. A. Valentine BA was the superintendent.

In 1909 the Minister of Education, G. Fowlds opened purpose-built new buildings on Arthur Street for the expanding Timaru Technical School. By then, evening classes in ambulance work, Art, Bookkeeping, drainage, elocution, electricity, German, building construction, home nursing, carving, Photography, plumbing, typing, wool classing, and Woodwork were also operating, with a total of 417 students. In 1913 sheep shearing classes began.

The school became Timaru Technical College in 1918. Mr W. Fossey was director of the college when day classes began. By the mid 1920’s more than 80 classes were underway. Winter games were held in competition with Geraldine High School and Ashburton Technical School. A fire in 1925 destroyed the school’s woodwork shop. In 1927 the Minister of Education, R. A. Wright, opened a two-storeyed engineering and blacksmiths workshop and drawing office, facing Arthur Street.

The College became Timaru Technical High School in 1934. New rooms for Art and Dressmaking were built in 1935, and an assembly hall was added in 1949. In 1945 the school band and orchestra was established, under Mr H. C. Dephoff and Mr Inglis Todd.

During the 1950’s the school gained considerable success in school and local sports competitions in Rugby, Basketball, soccer, tennis, athletics, boxing and swimming. A new Engineering block was opened in 1954 for day training of apprentices and the Centennial Wing, a two storey classroom block was added in 1959.

In the mid 1960’s the school had over 600 students working towards School Certificate and University Entrance, All Black, Alan Stewart (26 games as lock), was a member of the teaching staff.

Under the 1964 Education Act, technical high schools were officially to become secondary schools, hence the school was renamed Timaru College in 1967. Apprentice training was still held in the evening using the school’s facilities, but was now regarded as post-secondary education. The range of sports played widened to include hockey, cricket, cross-country, table tennis, gymnastics and volleyball.

1984 saw the opening by the Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon, of the new Mountainview High School at Pages Road, as a site for Timaru College’s secondary section. The post-secondary technical section of the college remained at Arthur Street and became Aoraki Polytechnic in 1987. Mountainview High School was built on a whanau or extended family system with expansive common areas for students and a four hectare agriculture-horticulture block. The three whanau were named Hiwi, Moana and Whenua after their outlook towards the mountains, land and sea, respectively.

Mountainview High School continues to look to the future – to provide its students with innovative and engaging learning.




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