Senior Leadership Team - Te Apiti

Contact Pā Heath


Tēnā koutou katoa

Hello everyone

Ka tītiro whakarunga ahau ki te māunga a Taranaki

I look up to the mountain Taranaki

Ka tītiro whakararo ahau ki te wai aio o Tongahoe

I look down to the the calm waters of Tongahoe

Ko Catherine Chittenden tāku hoa rangitera

Catherine Chittenden is my wife

Ko Mackenna, ratou ko Caridy, ko Bryleigh, ko Madden, ko Sailor, ko Tenley aku Tamariki

These are my children

E mahi ana ahau i Te Kura o Otangaki. Ko tumuaki ahau.

I work at Ashhurst School I am the Principal.

Ko Heath ahau

My name is Heath

I would like to welcome you to Ashhurst School. I was appointed as the principal of Ashhurst School in Term 1, 2016. I had been a school principal for the previous 14 years enjoying a variety of small to large school experiences that have covered rural and also urban communities.

I have a real passion to see students succeed at Ashhurst School. My own curriculum passions are Flipped learning, writing and Physical Education. I believe it is important to be enthusiastic and motivated about teaching.

At Ashhurst School, we set high expectations for all students and staff. All children should be challenged to achieve their own personal best. We believe in providing students with the opportunity to progressively take responsibility for their own learning. By being a positive person we can provide an atmosphere for learners where they feel happy and confident in a collaborative learning environment.

We value the contributions that our community provide and take pride in providing supportive, collaborative relationships with other students, staff and parents.

Outside of school, I come from a very sporting background and I have represented Taranaki and Wanganui in provincial cricket. These days I can be seen more on the sidelines coaching and cheering on the children at Ashhurst School. Later in life I have become an avid golfer and can be seen at the course regularly on the weekends!.

Nāku iti noa, nā

Heath Chittenden


Deputy Principals