Message From Miramar Christian School Principal - Kaye Gillies

Kia ora Whānau, 

Wellington Hills Christian College is Wellington’s newest school, a taonga (treasure) which is about to be unlocked. It is so good to finally be able to offer Christian education at Wellington Hills Christian College to ākonga (students) from Christian families. This will positively impact their individual futures, the future of Wellington and the future of New Zealand.

In 2025, Wellington Hills Christian College will offer education to children and young people (tamariki and rangitahi) from Year 1 to 9. Each year, the school will offer a further year of education, so by 2029, the college will offer education for Years 1 to 13. All learning will be approached from a biblical worldview. Our experienced and professional Christian staff will deliver a rich, diverse, and holistic curriculum that includes all the New Zealand Curriculum Learning Areas.

Our goal is to strengthen the spiritual faith of every student and develop Kingdom culture through our values of Character, Excellence, Faith, Wisdom, and Community. We encourage students to build a meaningful Christ-centred relationship with God and grow into transformational Christian leaders with 21st-century competencies. We are committed to partnering with whānau (families) to assist our students to thrive.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact us.

Ngā mihi nui

Kaye Gillies, Principal

Principal & Teaching Staff

Tim Kuipers


Tim has been Principal of Ashburton Christian School since 2009, having led the growth of that school from 27 to 280 students including expanding the year levels from primary through to full secondary. He completed his Bachelor of Education (hons) at the University of Tasmania and Masters in Educational Leadership through NICE, Australia. He has taught at three Christian schools in New Zealand and served for six years on the national executive for the NZ Association of Christian Schools.

Kaye Gillies


(Miramar Christian School)
Kaye is qualified with:

Masters Of Educational Leadership,
Bachelor of Education,
Bachelor of Ministry – First Year,
Trained Teachers Certificate,
Teaching Diploma,
Montessori Preparation Course 

(6-12 years)

Betsy Anderson

Kowhai Class (Year 0,1,2)
Betsy is qualified with:

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Master of Science in Education (Special Education)

Christine Dowell

Kauri Class (Years 5,6,7,8)
Christine is qualified with:
Bachelor of Arts (Education),
Diploma of Teaching (Middle School Years 5-8),
Certificate in Children and Families Ministry

Kathy Tanner

Totara Class (Years 2, 3, 4)
Kathy is qualified with:
Advanced Diploma of Teacher
Trained teachers Certificate
SPELD NZ Certificate Course
Citizens Advice Bureau
Certificate of Proficiency

Other Staff

Kerrin Allott

Office Administrator

The APT (Active Whānau (Parents) & Teachers) is a group of passionate whānau and teaching staff at Miramar Christian School, who seek to enhance the culture of the kura community through practical support.

They are accountable to the School Board and meet together regularly to plan and discuss ways they can fundraise and support events to make MCS “the best little kura to belong to”. They encourage all whānau to actively participate in the life of the kura community, and have identified ways that people can be involved according to their interests, talents/abilities and availability. These include:

  • Fundraising – e.g. kura gala, sausage sizzles, bake sales, car washes, selling chocolates etc
  • Kura Community Events – e.g. whānau fun nights, open days, book week, science fair, etc

They encourage all whānau to get involved in the APT to care for and support other whānau in the kura and help the effective operation of the kura community.

Please contact the Office Manager through the kura office if you would like to be involved and come along to the next APT meeting.