Associate Principals Claire Buist and Evelyn Aurik join Principal Ben Witheford on the Senior Leadership Team. 


Claire Buist | Associate Principal

Claire Buist

Claire Buist

Claire Buist joins us from St Clair school in Dunedin where she was Associate Principal and Team Leader of the years 5 and 6 team. Claire brings a wealth of experience to Shotover Primary School. She is a teacher and leader who leads by example - setting the example in the classroom of what brilliant practice looks like.

Claire is passionate about the use of digital tools within classroom programmes that promote student learning. It’s about the right tool for the task and using it and its potential to transform the nature of teaching and learning. In 2013, Claire was one of only five New Zealand teachers inducted into the CORE Education eFellowship, which acknowledged her leadership in the use of electronic tools and which allowed her to undertake further study in this area.

Claire brings her extensive and successful experience to the senior leadership mix as we mould the culture and curriculum of Shotover Primary School.


Evelyn Aurik | Associate Principal

Evelyn Aurik

Evelyn Aurik

Evelyn Aurik desires the absolute best for the people around her. She is excited about education and enjoys researching ideas and finding out ways to improve what we do.

Evelyn has come from Myross Bush School where she was Deputy Principal and team leader of the Junior Syndicate. She team-taught four days per week in the new entrant class and was released for one day a week for leadership.

She is married to Robert and has three adult children of whom she is very proud. Family is important to Evelyn and she treasures every moment with them. Evelyn enjoy biking, caravanning and gardening. She is ready for an adventure and enjoying living and working in Queenstown and becoming a part of the community.

To be effective, she believes that it is important to build positive and trusting relationships, and she is always excited to meet Shotover's whānau.