P&F Class Co-ordinators for 2017
My thanks to the many parents who have offered to be year group Class Co-ordinators this year. This team, led by Caroline Rolls, do an amazing job supporting the class teachers to disseminate essential information to our parents and support with events and bringing our parent community together.
- 1MER: Jamie-Lee Rahiri
- 1MER: Barbara Gao
- 1BOD: Alice Yoon
- 2FSH: Rosalind Webster
- 2JAE: Claire Bruford
- 3MAA: Victoria Amos
- 3BOY: Jenni Gill
- 3BOY: Rashida Patel
- 4CNN: Cecilia Lambie
- 4AMS: Amanda Midgley
- 5LEW: Denise Pollard
- 5LEW: Lisa Marusich
- 5ARM: Fran Waishing
- 5KNI: Catherine Bowie
- 5KNI: Amy Yan
- 6THO: Julia Hay
- 6IRE: Sarah Renshaw
- 6GRS: Lynn Theron
- 6GRS:Rosie Piper
Year 6 Leadership Day
I had the pleasure of spending the day with our Year 6 girls and staff at Cornwall Park for our annual Leadership Day. The girls worked together in their House groups and engaged in team building and problem solving activities. Along with the Year 5 Camp in 2016 and the girls’ applications for service and leadership roles, this day provides a wonderful opportunity for our girls to show their skills and to build trust with one another by working in their House groups.
Our Year 13 Junior School Committee
Congratulations to Tea Alekisch and Amy Salmon who have been elected as the Year 13 Junior School Committee Leaders this year. This amazing committee is looking forward to working for and with the Junior School girls and teachers this year. Already the girls have been in the classrooms and the playground with the girls, even joining in the early morning Jump Jam sessions!
Parent and Teacher Meetings
This week we have held two evenings for our parents to meet with class teachers with the focus on how your daughter has settled into her new class and year group. These meetings help to build this integral partnership for your daughter in goal setting and her developing areas of interest as well as her next steps in learning.
If you have any questions in regard to your daughter and her learning you are welcome to contact your daughter’s teacher using the standard College email i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org or write a note in the diary to book an appointment. Teachers check their emails before and after school. As our teachers are working with your daughters all day, should you need support earlier please phone Mrs Michelle Colyer our Junior School Receptionist on 520 8371 or email@example.com and she will get a message to the teacher or to your daughter.
Our Amazing Junior School Teachers
As we continue to build our learning community in the next few issues of College Connection I will introduce our teaching staff to you.
Mrs Nicola Boyens (Reception – Year 3 Dean)
Nicola has many years experience teaching the primary years. She joined St Cuthbert’s College in 2016 having moved from her previous school of 16 years, Victoria Avenue School. She has enjoyed the change to teaching just girls and the many opportunities that the College offers.
As Dean of Reception -Year 3 Nicola is passionate about creating a learning environment that is child-centred, encouraging and caring, where everyone is valued and respected. She considers that keeping expectations high for behaviour and academics aids students to attain great results and personal development. She believes in building a strong learning relationship with each girl and her family.
Nicola has two grown girls, Helena 23 and Jemma 21. Both girls have completed degrees and are continuing in their education. She enjoys playing tennis and horse riding. Nicola also enjoys catching up with family and friends for dinner and movie nights.
Mrs Victoria Maeataanoa
Victoria has been teaching at St Cuthbert’s for five years. She is also an Old Girl and she attended the College as a student for 13 years. You can take the girl out of St Cuthbert’s but you can’t take St Cuthbert’s out of the girl!
Victoria is the lead of the ILT thread in curriculum development, which provides her with many opportunities for research and development in the wonderful and exciting technological innovations there are for our girls to benefit from. Victoria was awarded a Staff Scholarship last year and she studied at the Mindlab, gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). Outside of school Victoria loves reading and she also enjoys going for walks with her husband. She has two fun, energetic kittens.
Miss Emily Fisher
Emily joined St Cuthbert’s at the start of 2016 and she is very much looking forward to another wonderful year of teaching Year 2. She taught Year 2 for the past four years and she has a passion for teaching literacy and art. Emily is completing her honours degree and her studies are focused on improving literacy learning outcomes for students. Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. One of Emily’s favourite places to holiday is back home at Lake Okareka in Rotorua.
Mrs Lisa Jane
Lisa has been at St Cuthbert’s College for two years. Lisa views teaching as more than a job. She feels rewarded every day, being involved in educating our young learners. Lisa is passionate about teaching literacy, mathematics and the arts. This year Lisa is looking forward to learning more about the benefits that foundation fitness skills can offer students as she has a staff scholarship for research and development in this important area. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family as well as biking, going on forest walks, and gardening.
Mrs Glenys Waller (Senior Dean)
Glenys has been teaching Reception and Year 1 for many years and she is passionate about working with the youngest girls. Seeing the girls grow in confidence and independence as well as academically makes it a very rewarding job. Glenys has a very keen interest in sport and has been involved with several sports in the College particularly badminton and tennis. Glenys is also very interested in the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education and is the only primary trustee on the REANZ (Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand) Trust, which provides professional learning opportunities for early childhood and primary teachers. Glenys is a keen traveller and visits Europe regularly to see family and to enjoy the amazing sights and history.
Mrs Sheryl Meredith
Sheryl is thrilled to be teaching the Year 1 girls and she is looking forward to a fantastic year. She has taught over a number of years and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the skills and learning areas needed to build a great foundation for each girl’s learning journey. She is also connected to the College community as a parent, with daughter Grace in Year 5. Sheryl enjoys spending time with her family. She has a range of interests including boogie boarding, fishing, dancing and going on roller coasters!
Miss Brooke Bowden
Brooke has been teaching for six years, both in Auckland and abroad in the primary years. Alongside teaching last year she studied at the Mindlab, gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). Brooke is very excited to be back at St Cuthbert’s this year teaching Year 1. Outside of school her interests include spending time with friends and family, playing sports, cooking/baking and going on outdoor adventures.
Year 6 student Chloe Lam played in the US Kids Golf Auckland tournament in the summer holidays. She placed 2nd in the tournament and was one step away from champion, finishing just one point down! Chloe has now qualified to represent New Zealand to play in the Trans-Tasman Cup in May this year in Sydney and also at this year’s US Kids World Championship in Pinehurst, United States.
Year 6 student Esme Ellis has had her art published in Edition 6 of the Toitoi Journal. Toitoi is a journal for young writers and artists. Esme has donated copies of this year’s journal to our library. Thank you Esme.
Ms Julie Gifkins
Head of Junior School