As we continue to build our learning community in the next few issues of College Connection I will introduce our teaching staff to you.
Nicola Boyens (Reception to 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 R-Y3 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.
Victoria has been teaching at St Cuthbert’s for 5 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 ILT thread in the 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 last year, 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.
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 honour’s 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.
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.
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 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 throughout NZ. Glenys is a keen traveller and travels to Europe regularly to see family and to enjoy the amazing sights and history that Europe offers.
Sheryl is thrilled to be teaching the Year 1 girls and she is looking forward to a fantastic year. She has had the privilege of teaching over a number of years and as such 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 school 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!
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 some of my interests include spending time with friends and family, playing sports, cooking/baking and going on outdoor adventures.