Valley School Pukekohe - Effort Brings Reward

Vanessa Bentley

Role

Deputy Principal

Qualification

Master of Education Practice (with Merit), Postgraduate Diploma of Educational Leadership (with Merit), Bachelor of Education (Teaching).

General Information

Upon leaving school, I joined the New Zealand Army where I had a brief career in driving troops around the country. It wasn’t really suited to me and I soon found myself working in the motor-trade for several years following.
I come from a family of teachers and had always admired their work and work ethic. When I had my first child, I decided to follow them into this challenging and rewarding profession.
I taught and led at Cockle Bay School (Howick) for 12 years before taking on the role of Deputy Principal at Oranga School (One Tree Hill) for 5 years. I have also spent some time working as a Senior Education Advisor at the Ministry of Education.

I live with my South African husband (Johannes) and together we have a 25 year old, a 22 year old and a 10 year old. Having such a wide gap in the ages of our children has meant that we have been actively involved in schools (as both parents and professionals) for a very long time.