Kia ora koutou,
Over the last few weeks, Jason and I have been very busy interviewing potential candidates for the 2023 teaching positions we have available. We were keen to employ high-quality teachers with energy and passion for the job and find the right people fit, as we need individuals who are collaborative, open to learning and can work in a team environment. Although it was a lengthy process, we are pleased with our appointments for 2023. We have five new staff joining us for next year, three to replace Katherine, Blair and Hannah, one to allow Jason, our Deputy Principal, to be released from the class, and one appointment to cover Kelsey when she goes on maternity leave in Term 2.
Karen is an experienced teacher who has taught across various age groups for eight years. She is a motivated and enthusiastic teacher who nurtures students' self-esteem and supports learners in developing their thinking. Karen believes students should be at the heart of the learning, learning should be relevant, and the range of needs should be catered for. She promotes students' physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and creates a warm and friendly learning environment. Karen is family oriented and loves sports and fitness. She is very excited about joining the Puketaha team in 2023.
Anna- Marie will start her teaching career here at Puketaha School as a beginning teacher. Anna-Marie is a caring, kind-hearted team player with a passion for inclusive education. She has worked as a teacher aide for many years and has been responsible for teaching learners with high needs. She has been engaged in a range of professional learning, focusing on understanding and catering to learners with diverse needs. She is now looking forward to continuing her learning as a teacher. Anna- Marie is creative and enjoys creating fun and meaningful lessons for learners. She is a mother to 3 children, and Anna-Marie is happy to be starting her teaching here at Puketaha School.
Phillip completed his Graduate Diploma in Teaching after working in Communications for seven years. As part of his previous career, Phillip worked at Universities, giving career advice to Highschool students. He discovered a passion for teaching there, so he went on to do his Graduate Diploma. Phillip is a highly reflective practitioner and passionate about building learner agency, establishing genuine relationships with learners and helping students develop social and life skills. He has strengths in Literacy, Mathematics, as well as Health and Physical Education. Phillip loved the feel of Puketaha School and is keen to get involved in our school-wide activities next year.
Suzanne Gunn has been a reliever here at Puketaha School for many years and has proven to be an excellent educator. She is already a valued part of the Puketaha team. Suzanne has over 18 years of experience teaching all ages, from ECE to Highschool. She is a dedicated teacher who enjoys supporting students to be their best and meet their potential. She encourages learners and develops their strengths, gifts and talents. Suzanne has first-hand knowledge and experience of Puketaha's learning pedagogy, programme design and our collaborative teaching spaces. Suzanne is flexible, highly collaborative and has a great sense of humour. Suzanne's children have attended Puketaha School, and she is pleased to step into the classroom teacher role.
Ashlee Walsh has completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching after a 12-year career in Advertising and Marketing. Ashlee's vision for her role as a kaiako is to help grow and nurture the development of cognitive skills, social and emotional well-being, and cultural understandings to build a strong foundation for success. She has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which focuses on wondering with tauira about what they experience, think and feel to help them make sense of themselves and the world around them. In addition, Ashlee believes in rich relationships with people and the environment to co-construct curiosity, compassion, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills. Ashlee is energetic and highly passionate. She can't wait to start with us next year.
Staff Placement 2023
Senior Leadership Team
Principal- Nyree Olliver
Deputy Principal- Jason Boobyer
Assistant Principal - Nicky Khoo
Roopuu Kaakano 1
Suzanne Gunn (4 days a week initially)
Roopuu Kaakano 2
Anne Weinberg (part-time)
Suzi Brown (part-time)
Deb Gibbison (part-time)
Jason will also be covering teacher release, mainly in Roopuu Puaawai.
We look forward to welcoming our new staff next year, and hopefully, the children will be able to meet their new teachers for next year on the last day of this term.
I hope you all have an enjoyable Friday and a lovely weekend,
Friday 9th December
Community Christmas Picnic from 5.30pm
Monday 12th December
School Disco in School Hall (PAC)
Kaakano 5.30 - 7.00PM
Maahuri 6.30 - 8.00PM
Puaawai 7.30 - 9.00PM
Year 8 only 9.00 - 9.30PM
Entry by Gold Coin Donation
Thursday 15th Prizegiving
Powerful Learners Hui Kaakano 1 and 2
12.00 noon- 12.30 pm
Whole School Footsteps Demonstration
12.30 pm- 1.00 pm
Prize Giving Roopuu Maahuri and Roopuu Puaawai
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm (approx)
You are welcome to take children home after Prize Giving.
Last day of year.
Children visit next years enviroments.
School finishes at 12 o'clock.
Please return all sports shirts and uniforms - this includes netball & basketball. Could copaches There will be a replacement cost for unreturned uniforms.
Please take the time to check the bins in the classrooms and the lost property bin, currently there are over 100 items of lost property. Currently the lost property has been put out at the PAC - any lost property not collected by the end of the year will be donated to charity.
Child placement lists willl be put up on the back of the PAC at the end of the day on Wedensdy 15th and will be available to view on Thursday. The children will be introudced to their tecahers on Friday morning.
Nearly there everyone!! The end of the year is looming and only a couple more things we as a PTA have an involvement with.
First is the Puketaha Christmas Picnic, where normally our involvement is minimal, but this year we have decided to run the barbeque and sell some sausages. We bought quite a few for the EWCS Athletics Day which was cancelled, so we may as well try and sell them at this event. Families are still invited to bring their own takeaways or picnic dinner but just know that there will be the sausage sizzle option available. Santa is making an appearance so children will be welcome to have a chat, deliver lists, have a photo and receive a lollipop. We are not doing the tractor lolly scramble as there were some safety concerns expressed. The last event is the School Disco on Monday 12th December in the PAC. We have booked the DJ and know the kids look forward to this fun way to start the last week of school. We will be selling some sweet treats, drinks and have the sausage sizzle again.
Thank you to those who have supported the Holland Road Distillery fundraiser. It’s success surprised us all, and has raised over $1,600 which has topped off a record year.
Our final PTA meeting is a thank you to all of you who have helped over the year and will be at the Lonestar 7.30pm next Tuesday 6th December. Please come along for our Christmas wrap-up.
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