At Mountainview High School, our vision is to create a whānau culture that empowers learners so that they can thrive after they leave our school.
- 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. 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.
Māori dimensions and Cultural Diversity
Mountainview High School is an
innovative, inclusive high school that is
fiercely proud of the work it does.
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.
Kenny Diamond – Principal
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 Ross Christie
Mr Daniel Allison
Mrs Vivienne Wood
Mrs Nikki Geddis
Mr Damian James
Mr Kenny Diamond
Mrs Kirsten Hullen
Teaching Staff A - F
Barge Sarah Social Studies, PB4L
Barge Trevor HoLA Social Sciences
Bell Phillip Hard Materials
Bennett Mark (Whanau Leader Moana), Agriculture, Science
Blackie Al Visual Art
Carson-lles Justine Science firstname.lastname@example.org
Campbell Sheree Spanish, Correspondence
Charteris Selena Mathematics
Crosbie Christine English
Diamond Kenny Acting Principal
Duncan Brent HoLA Arts, PE
Duncan Tina English
El Alawi Hafid Maths
Fisher Kimberley Geography, Social Studies
Teaching Staff M - R
McNaught Jayne Science, Learning Support
Martin Don Hard Materials
Nukada Ali Outdoor Education
Palmer Tasmine HoLA English
Peters Liz Deputy Principal
(Communications & Operations)
Phillips Chris Deputy Principal
Brent Coe Site Manager
Julie Buchan Librarian
Trevor Cooper IT Assistant
Mitch George Gateway
Kirsten Hullen Office Administrator
Joanne Knight Assistant Librarian
Sallie Meggitt Careers Administrator
Fiona MacGregor Guidance Counsellor
Sue McMillan Office Administrator
Vicki O’Brien Arts Co-ordinator
Steve Rainey IT Computer Technician
Jackie Ryder Sports Co-ordinator
Carly Tarrant Office Manager/Attendance Officer
Teaching Staff G - L
Gilkison Trisha Science
Jacob Tess HoLA Food Technology
Johns Tash HoLA Physical Education, Health & Outdoor Education
Gina Knowles Maths
Kuperus Murray (Whanau Leader Hiwi) Commerce
Lafferty Margaret HoLA Maths, Scholarships
Lincoln Andrew Deputy Principal (Learning design, reporting & assessment)),
Lincoln Caroline HoLA Science
Teaching Staff S - Z
Smith Catherine Drama
Stevens Kirsten HoLA Learning Support,
Wilson John International Students Director
Winter Miles Timetables, NZQA, Commerce
Wright Carl Digital Technology
Learning Support Staff
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.