As we head towards the end of the year, staff changes in schools start to happen around the country in preparation for settled classrooms in the following school year. We have a number of changes to announce in readiness for this.
Mrs Carla Ballantyne:– We are very sad to be farewelling Mrs Carla Ballantyne from our Maungatautari Senior Syndicate. Carla has been a wonderful teacher at our school for the past five years. During this time she has directed productions and championed Senior Jump Jam teams to National competitions and achievements. Carla has won a position at Cambridge Middle School for 2021 onwards. We wish Carla the very best with her new challenges and opportunities with this change of age level and school.
Miss Hollie Cooke:- With 89, Year 6 students leaving us we will have one less senior class next year, although we have many more five year old’s joining us. We are sad to farewell Miss Hollie Cooke who joined us this year for her first year in her teaching career. We are very pleased, however, that Miss Cooke will be moving forward with many of our students to teach at Berkley Normal Middle School for 2021. Congratulations.
Miss Deena Parr:- Another lovely staff member leaving us is Miss Deena Parr who is heading south to be closer to friends and family. Deena has been teaching Year 2’s in our Junior school and has won a position with another Year 2 class at Winchester School in Palmerston North for the 2021 school year. We wish her well as she completes her second year teacher certification process.
Shelley Howse:- We are very pleased to announce that Mrs Shelley Howse will be joining us in the Taupiri Team for 2021. Shelley will be a Co-Syndicate Leader with Mrs Lisa Murray, as this team just grows and grows. These ladies will hopefully be situated in our new classrooms for the 2021 school year. Shelley is a long time Tamahere resident and has been an active member of the Tamahere Community Committee. She is presently a Junior Hub Leader at Hamilton East School.
Bridget Hawthorn:- We are also very pleased to be welcoming back to our fold, on a full time basis, Mrs Bridget Hawthorn. Bridget is a talented teacher who has taught on and off at our school since 2007. Bridget has led Sport in our school for many years and has directed productions and Stage Challenge along with her passion and talent in achieving success with our Jump Jam teams, at a national level. More recently, while looking after her young children, Bridget has supported us across all levels in the school with classroom release time and relieving. Welcome back Bridget! Bridget will be taking a Senior class in Maungatautari next year.