A warm welcome to Ashburton Netherby School.

It is a privilege to be the Principal of Ashburton Netherby School. Our school is a place full of great children, teachers and support staff. The learning environment is well designed to meet the needs of our individual children. Collectively we create a rewarding and responsive teaching and learning environment.

This is my second Principal's position, having joined the staff in Term 3, 2014. Before this I was a teaching principal with a Year 4 - 8 class at a two-teacher school in Lee Stream, Otago. I held this position for three and a half years.

Prior to this I was a teacher at an inner suburban school in Dunedin. My roles there were varied. I taught a range of classes from Yr. 3 – 8 over quite a few years, and led some important curriculum developments and new initiatives particularly in my last three years at this school.

My educational philosophy is strongly underpinned with ensuring we teach the three core subjects well, while also nurturing and giving opportunities for children to learn through arts, sports and areas of interest led by children's inquiry.  I firmly believe in placing children at the centre of their education through ensuring they have multiple opportunities to be thinkers, creators and drivers of their learning pathway with timely support and extension from their teachers.  Some of my highlights in education have been coaching a very strong chess team, introducing Mandarin language learning to a school, and setting up new learning initiatives to best meet children’s learning needs.

All of the key stakeholders in our school; students, staff, Board of Trustees, Home and School, parents and community groups; work together to make Netherby School the family focused, friendly, inclusive place to learn, work and play.

Phil Wheeler
Principal