Senior management team

Barend Blom (Principal)

Barend BlomM.S.Ed. (University of Miami)

Barend came to Renew School in 2022. The majority of his teaching career has been in Christian schools in New Zealand and international Christian schools affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) since 1999. He has taught Bible, Science and Maths, and he has always been interested in teaching and learning from a Christian worldview perspective. Previous experience include being Principal, Technology Activator, e-Learning Coordinator, Head of Department for Science and Mathematics, and High School Science and Maths Teacher. His wife, Annami, is also a registered teacher with a specialisation in Visual Art Education. They have two children, both students at Renew School.

Rod Harris (Associate Principal: Secondary)

Rod, not a stranger to Renew School having been one of the the founders of Renew School and principal for more than twenty years, heeded God’s call for him to return when Renew School started to transition to new leadership as two faithful members of the Senior Leadership Team retired. Rod’s passion for Renew School has not waned and we are blessed to have him back with us “as long as God wants me to be here“. He wants the next generation to understand and embrace their identity in Christ and the powerful equipping of the Holy Spirit as they prepare themselves for the plans and purposes God has in store for them.

Timothy Buchanan
(Associate Principal: Primary)

Dip Ministry (Hillsong International Leadership College)
B.Ed (University of Auckland) 

Tim has been on the teaching staff of Renew School since 2007. A former student of the school, he has a passion for every student’s well-being and to see every student reach their potential. He particularly enjoys teaching literacy and performing arts, organising and producing several large school productions. Tim has shown considerable initiative as a new leader in the Primary Area. Tim and wife Nina are a talented musical couple and have three daughters, one of whom is a student at Renew School.

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