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 and great 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 working 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 ICT mediums. 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 initiatives to best meet children’s needs. I have been rewarded immensely from seeing children achieve in curricula and in extra curricula activities.

I look forward to continuing the great work started from the previous principals at Netherby School, with the aim of sustaining and growing our school’s fantastic reputation.

All the key stakeholders in our school (staff, students, Board of Trustees, Home and School, parents and community groups) work together to make Netherby the school that it is - a family focused, friendly, inclusive place to learn, work and play. A key component to any school is if we are all working cohesively toward the same goal, our school will ultimately be a much better learning environment for all who attend.

Phil Wheeler