Kia ora koutou.
Firstly, a warm welcome to our new staff, students and families, we hope you have a very happy and successful time at our school. At present we have 27 new students enrolled for the beginning of 2020.
We are very happy to welcome the following teachers onto our team for 2020:-
Nanette Lister: Nanette comes to us from Wellington, and has been a Lead teacher at Pamare Primary School in recent years. Prior to this she was at Eastern Hutt Primary School. Nanette brings a wealth of educational knowledge and Leadership and has collaborative and Digital Technologies experience, along with Lead Teacher of Positive Behaviour for Teaching and Learning (PB4L) in all areas, that will be a strength as we develop further in these directions. Nanette will be teaching a Year One class in the Taupiri Syndicate.
Tim Ross: Tim joins us from Post Graduate training. He qualified originally with a Degree in Commerce but gained a passion for teaching after he tutored students at Rhodes University in a Management paper and then travelled to Taiwan to teach English. Tim taught English for four years, two of those as Head Teacher in a collaborative learning environment. Tim also brings a love of sport and languages to our school. Tim will be teaching a Year 5 & 6 class in Pukeatua Pod.
Hollie Cooke: We are very pleased to welcome back a past pupil to our school. Hollie will also be teaching in Maungatautari Syndicate with a Year 5 & 6 class in Te Akatarere Pod. Outside of teaching Hollie is a passionate sports woman and has played at premier levels in touch rugby, lacrosse and equestrian. Holly is also the Head Waikato Lacrosse Umpire for high school and club levels and she coaches the Under 15 Girls Waikato lacrosse team, that has recently competed in Australia.
Deena Parr: Since completing her Teaching degree Deena has been relieving at Mihimihi, Hamilton East and Hamilton Christian Schools, while completing a Graduate Diploma in Theology at Laidlaw College. Deena has also spent time in Singapore at West Grove Primary School, looking at assessment practices whilst on a directed study.
She has taken specialist papers in Dyslexia and hopes to study further about Autism. Deena will be teaching a Year Two class in Taupiri Syndicate for 2020.
Stacey Yuen: Stacey is on maternity leave at present and has decided to resign her position at our school to be a stay-at-home mum for her beautiful son. This means she won’t be returning in Term 2. We thank Stacey for her two and a half years as an energetic and highly efficient Syndicate Leader for Pirongia Syndicate. At present Lisa Murray is acting in Stacey’s position.
Ilse Lock: We are very sad to announce that our lovely Ilse Lock will also not be returning in 2020. Ilse was very sad to leave us and only found out on the last Thursday of term that she would be leaving us, but she has opportunities to progress her career in the Christian Schooling System and this is very important to her.
Jennie Jarvis: We are very pleased to announce that one of our wonderful parents, an experienced teacher, Jennie Jarvis, has stepped in to rescue our situation and will pick up Ilse’s class at the start of Term 1 in 2020.
Tamsin Bradding: Tamsin will be returning to our school in 2020 after her big Family OE, and will be joining Jennie Jarvis in Rimu 7 on Fridays, as well as teaching alongside Paula Dunton in her Year 5 & 6 Class during her release time as In School Leader and Maungatautarui Syndicate Leader.
After School Care Staff:-
We have a number of new young faces who will be supporting with the staffing of After School Care in 2020. The new look team comprises many past students and all are studying at the University of Waikato, so rosters will fit around lecture demands. Many of these staff have been working during Term 4 already. We welcome Kate Anderson, Libby Cumming, Lauren Dexter, Nina Mackay, Josh Boyd, Jordan Boyd, Ellie King & Grace King.
Our School Structure and Organisation 2020
Below you can see the school structure and staffing for 2020. Each year our structure looks slightly different depending on Ministry funding for staff and student cohort numbers. This year we will, as with some previous years, be again having three clear Syndicates with Maungatautari having only Year 5 & 6 classes and Pirongia taking all Year 3 & 4 Students. In Taupiri we again have the numbers to have three straight Year 2 classes and three straight Year 1 classes to start the year. Our Year 0 students will join us in cohorts at the start of each term and also, in line with the new legislation in mid term intakes. Ministry dates are shown later in the newsletter. We are expecting to open a new class in Term 2, with Mrs Christy Paladin and another in Term 3, with the possibly of a further one in Term 4. This year (2020) on the gender front, we have more boys in our Maungatautari Syndicate (senior school) and our Pirongia Syndicate (middle school) is significantly girl heavy. Our overall structure with the support of Board funding allows, we hope, space for the expected growth across all areas of the school.
Other staffing changes we have made:
As explained in last week’s newsletter; our three Syndicate Leaders will be moving around, with Mrs Paula Dunton taking on the Leadership of Maungatautari Syndicate, where she used to teach a few years ago. Mrs Leah Mills will be taking her senior knowledge to the Pirongia Syndicate and Lisa Murray will continue as Acting Syndicate Leader, joining the Taupiri team, an age she knows well. These changes will lead to stronger transitions and connectivity across all levels of the school. A few other teachers will be changing Syndicate levels as well, to gain different experiences.
Mrs Annette Howard has won a Study Award for the 2020 University year and will be with us on a part-time basis, as she completes her studies at the University of Waikato. With Mrs Paula Dunton Leading the Senior Syndicate, Mrs Jo Metcalfe will be taking over the Reading Recovery position and will be in a walking position, supporting staff in other areas as well as taking our Tamahere Tupu transition to school group.
Maungatautari Syndicate will be working in a collaborative learning and teaching style, as they have this year in their ‘fit for purpose’ Innovative Learning Environment (ILE). Our Seniors will also be using their Ipads and Chromebooks as part of our Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) programme. In 2020 there are 6 home classes.