Annette Garnett (Bradding)

1986 to 1990

Qualifications gained at school: School Certificate, Sixth Form Certificate, Bursary, University Entrance

Involvement in sports/cultural activities at school: From 1986, I was involved in as much as I could, including

  • Netball, culminating in being in the College A team in 1990
  • Netball umpiring
  • Netball coaching
  • Cross country running
  • Tennis: singles and doubles (winning the doubles with Sue Costello for consecutive years (1988-90?)
  • Debating club
  • Library
  • Senior speech winner (1988/89?)
  • Member of the Student Executive 1990


Master's Degree: Education, 2006, Massey University, New Zealand
Post-Graduate Diploma: Education, 2001, Massey University, New Zealand

The above was completed while employed full time over 5 years.  I had a thirst for further learning, and enjoyed all the professional development opportunities this extra-mural study offered.  Online requirements were made interesting with the slow, rural dial up internet and patchy connections! It ensured that I mastered time management and ensured that I maintained a good sense of humour.
Bachelor’s Degree: Education, 1994, Waikato University, New Zealand
Diploma: Education, 1993, Waikato University, New Zealand

Working History:
2007- date
Teacher (Year 3, 4, Secondary English Teacher: Year 7 and 8), House Supervisor, Community and Service Coordinator, Dean of Year 7
Discovery College, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

This has proven to be an exciting and challenging placement.  I was able to be a part of the new school specifically built on Lantau Island. Over the past 8 years, I have held a number of positions within the school, and am currently employed as a Secondary English teacher to Years 7 and 8, and Year 7 Dean (pastoral care).  As an authorised IB World School, Discovery College has an international community of learners who respect the diversity of experiences and perspectives. Here, we strive to create an environment that fosters a passion for learning, which enables all students to Grow. Discover. Dream. I’m privileged to work alongside exceptional teachers and staff who provide wonderful classroom programmes, which are challenging and engaging for students.  The school has continued to foster my professional development and leadership capabilities.


Sports and outdoor activities play a major part in the lives of the students at Discovery College. Sports are provided through a comprehensive and highly competitive College programme. This has enabled me to continue with my passion of coaching students over a number of consecutive successful netball seasons.  Sadly, my own netball career was short lived with a knee injury sustained in a social game of netball in Doha, Qatar.



Educational Consultant: Cognition Consulting Limited, Doha, Qatar

School management and teacher advisor

A challenging but rewarding experience.  This was a huge move for us as prior to this, the furthest we’d travelled was a holiday to the Gold Coast, Australia.  After the initial shock to the system from the mix of 45-degree heat, with low humidity, and a sparse brown landscape, this was to be our new “home”. I worked, in a local school, alongside school management and teachers to embed a new curriculum and facilitating workshops on a wide range of topics, focused on literacy and individual needs.   I was tasked with working alongside the English and Arabic teams, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.  We were building capacity within the whole school; providing advice, guidance and mentoring the new principal, senior management team and 50 teachers. I worked within the growth mindset model, to encourage acceptance and to foster a change culture as they moved from a traditional education system.


Website facilitator for Web Project School Administration site – Tai Tokerau campus – University of Auckland – development and posting material with focus on assisting teachers catering for Gifted and Talented children
Whangarei, New Zealand


Teacher (Years 7, 8 and 9), Dean of Years 9 and 10, Head of Health and Physical Education
Tauraroa Area School, Northland, New Zealand


Teacher (Years 3-6)
Waiotira Primary School, Northland, New Zealand
I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have occurred over my career, but I’ll always fondly remember the guidance and support from ex-Principal, Mrs Kathy Watson.  It was a small two-teacher school and so my roles were diverse: teaching students across Years 2-6, cricket coach, Teacher Representative on the School Board of Trustees, as well as pool custodian.



Teacher (Years 7-8)
Morrinsville Intermediate School, New Zealand



We’ve visited many parts of the world, by car, train and bus, including Oman, United Arab Emerites, England, Scotland, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.


However, my husband and I love, most of all, to embark on journeys to ‘places less travelled’ (thanks to Mr Harris’ introduction to Robert Frost), namely through visiting significantly diverse countries by motorbike, namely a BMW GS Adventure.  The challenge of getting the bike through the various border crossings added to the adventure.  We’ve used this mode of transport to travel around the remote and twisty back roads of

  • the Pacific North West, and Alaska
  • South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana
  • Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Slovenia

With Hong Kong being at the centre of Asia, destinations such as the beaches and hills of the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia are just a few hours away.  I am grateful that it still remains fairly inexpensive to have a weekend getaway to a different world that Asia provides.


Interesting snippets about what you have achieved:

  • Gained permanent residency for Hong Kong
  • Publication: Case study in Hattie, J. (2015). Visible Learning in Action: Stories of Impact: Chapter 1: Know thy impact. Routledge, London. (In Print)


What now:

I have signed on for two more years to work in this dynamic school.  With the demands of work, my focus is on maintaining as much as a “balance” as I can.  I involve myself in coaching netball twice a week, participate in boot camp and workout at the gym to maintain my fitness, as well as make time for friends and family.  I love living in Hong Kong; it’s a rich melting pot of cultures from around the globe.  My husband and I live in the heart of the city, and it has an addictive personality – one that is proving hard to leave.  I am very happy with my life.  I am grateful for my health, love and support from my family and friends, and my work.   There is never a dull moment!



Happily married to Bill Garnett, since 1995.