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Team Matanginui

Team Matanginui Weave

Team Matanginui Weave

This name again is a shortened version of the word manga, or stream, and this peak is the name of the many streams, which flow down from the mountain, which are noisy as they swiftly plunge their way to the plains. Hence the babbling singing streams.

Teaching Team: Matanginui
Years: Years 5 and 6
Team Leader: Mark Searle

Team MatanginuiMatanginui moved into the refurbished block in 2013, it is called "The Hub" as it sits in the middle of the school and the students are learning together in a collaborative innovative learning environment (ILE). In the Hub the students work towards becoming Self Directed Learners, making decisions about their own learning, to enable them to strive to reach their full potential.

You can see what is happening in Matanginui by going to our Team Facebook page.

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mark searle - team leader

Kia ora, my name is Mark Searle and I am excited to be here this year as the team leader of  the Matanginui team. I have moved back to the Manawatu after living in Upper Hutt for the past 6 years teaching at Trentham School. I am passionate about developing self motivated learners and providing lots of choice for our students. I look forward to getting to know all the students in the Hub and supporting them. Outside of school I am a keen runner and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Feel free to come and chat with me before or after school or email me to get in contact.

My email address is msearle@centralnormal.school.nz

chanel tansley

Kia ora, my name is Whaea Chanel and I will be teaching in Hub 12 this year. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. I am really passionate about helping students achieve success, and to recognise their full potential. I aim to do this by providing a safe and supportive environment that facilitates positive learning experiences for all our children. I look forward to another great year teaching in Matanginui alongside some great staff, and I can't wait to get to know the new tamariki transitioning over from Maharahara. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to come and have chat to me, or you can email me.

My email address is ctansley@centralnormal.school.nz

mikala crawford

Kia ora! I’m Mikala Crawford and I am very excited to be joining the Central Normal whanau this year. I am passionate about teaching and strive to create learning opportunities that are driven by my learners’ passions and interests. For the past two years I have been teaching year 7/8 students in Levin. I am delighted to be a part of a fantastic team and to be at a school in my home town. My passions include performing arts and physical education. Please feel free to come in for a chat. You can find me in hub 11.  

My email address is mcrawford@centralnormal.school.nz

ryan dunn

Hello, my name is Ryan Dunn and I am excited to be returning to Central Normal School this year, working alongside a team of fantastic teachers in Matanginui. My teaching journey started in Dannevirke and has taken me to Wellington, Thailand, Whanganui, and Palmerston North. My biggest passion is sport in any shape or form. I keenly follow rugby, rugby league, cricket, golf and basketball. I buy into the philosophy of being a lifelong learner and am always striving to find ways to grow and develop myself as a teacher. I am looking forward to getting to know the students in Matanginui and continuing to grow alongside them in 2019. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come and talk to me or send me an email

My email address is rdunn@centralnormal.school.nz 

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