At Central Normal School, we believe that the active and authentic involvement of students in their learning is crucial to engagement and achievement.
Students actively drive WISE within the school.
We believe that students are the heart of Central Normal School and actively seek student voice to make OUR school a great learning environment.
Central Normal School is a vibrant learning environment where we encourage whanau to share all learning with their tamariki. There are regular events that enable students to demonstrate their increasing understanding across all curriculum areas.
We offer quality teaching and learning by providing diversity and variety throughout our teaching teams. Each team provides stimulating and exciting learning opportunities for students making use of modern learning environments and ICT.
At Central Normal School classrooms are colourful, organised and reflect children’s learning.
Check out our teaching teams:
Team Matanginui Weave
Teaching Team: Matanginui
Years: Years 5 and 6
Team Leader: Maddy Speirs
Matanginui 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.
Kia ora, I’m Maddy Speirs and I am privileged to be the Team Leader of Matanginui, teaching in the Hub. I come from a long line of teachers, right back to my great great grandparents! My mother taught at Central Normal in the 70’s, I went to Central as a pupil and now the tradition is continuing with one of my two daughters beginning her teaching career too. I am passionate about making learning engaging and exciting for all our learners. I strive to find the key that unlocks learning for all of our tamariki so that they can reach their full potential. I’m looking forward to catching up with our extended CNS family, friends and whanau, you’re all welcome to pop in to check out what’s happening in The Hub. Please come in anytime to talk about your child and their learning, or you can contact me by email.
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Kia ora, my name is Chanel Tansley and I am excited to be part of the Matanginui team this year. I am very 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. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to come and have chat to me, or you can email me.
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Hi, my name is Raewynne Hill and I am one of the 4 teachers in The Hub this year. I can’t wait to get to know all of the new students in the Hub and get started on an exciting year of learning. I have a strong interest in both literacy and art. I have had the pleasure of working at Central Normal School for a number of years and I am thrilled to be working in our exciting modern learning environment. Outside of school, I have three children aged 16, 18 and 20. The two older ones are both at university and my daughter is at secondary school. My husband is also a teacher, at Milson School. Please feel free to pop in before or after school or contact me through my school email if you have any queries. I hope you all had a fabulous time with your families over the holidays. I am looking forward to a great term of learning in The Hub this year.
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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 ‘The Hub’. 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 ‘The Hub’ and continuing to grow alongside them in 2018. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come and talk to me or send me an email.
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