School Vision

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.

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.  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.

Kenny Diamond – Principal

School Charter Strategic
and Annual Plan for
Mountainview High School
2019 – 2022

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:

Board Chairperson
Mr Ross Christie

Parent Representatives
Mr Daniel Allison
Mrs Vivienne Wood
Mrs Nikki Geddis
Mr Damian James

Mr Kenny Diamond

Student Representative
Emma Baird

Staff Representative
Mrs Kirsten Hullen

Staff Directory

Teaching Staff A - F

Allan Liana  ESOL, Technology

Barge Sarah  Social Studies, PB4L

Barge Trevor HoLA Social Sciences

 Bell Phillip Hard Materials

Carson-lles Justine  Science

   Campbell Sheree Spanish, Correspondence

Charteris Selena Mathematics

Crosbie Christine  English

 Diamond Kenny Principal

Duncan Brent HoLA Arts, PE

Duncan Tina English

El Alawi Hafid Maths

  Fisher Kimberley  Geography, Social Studies
(On leave)

Teaching Staff M - R

 McGregor Phil (Whanau Leader Whenua),
PE, Health

 McNaught Jayne Science, Learning Support

Martin Don Hard Materials

Palmer Tasmine HoLA English

 Peters Liz Deputy Principal
(Communications & Operations)


Support Staff
Heidi Norton Executive Officer
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

Jacob Tess HoLA Food Technology

 Gina Knowles Maths

 Kuperus Murray (Whanau Leader Hiwi) Commerce

Laff Lafferty Margaret HoLA Maths, Scholarships

 Lincoln Andrew Deputy Principal (Learning design, reporting & assessment)),

Lincoln Caroline HoLA Science

Teaching Staff S - Z

 Shears Heather HoLA Careers & Pathways

 Smith Catherine Drama

 Stevens Kirsten HoLA Learning Support,

Winter Miles Timetables, NZQA, Commerce

Wright Carl Digital Technology

Learning Support Staff
Cosgrove Sue
Hanna Devries

Keys John
Hand Dalene
Hessell Raewyn
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.


In addition to the local press, Mountainview High school posts any teaching vacancy in the Education Gazette.

An online version can be found at