The Senior Leadership Team



Mr Bert KnopsBert Knops resize

Deputy Principal

I am a trained Physical Education teacher. At Aranui High School I was a Head of Department for thirteen years. I then became an Assistant Principal, then more recently, a Deputy Principal. These roles have provided me with a huge range of experience in a variety of areas.

I have an extensive sports background having represented New Zealand as a player and coach in basketball. I also played for and coached the Canterbury Rams for many years. During my involvement in basketball I have been privileged to have contested 24 National Championship Grand Finals at various levels, winning 15. I look forward to meeting the students and families of Ellesmere College and its community.

My role at the College includes responsibility for Pastoral care, staff and systems. This is an area I have a real passion for as I enjoy working with the students and their families/whanau.