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Team Te Arawaru

Team Te Arawaru Weave

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Te Arawaru
It was from here that the Rangitane people on both sides of the ranges would light great fires to signal their relatives on the other side the need for assistance in times of trouble. It also refers to the whetu marama, the eight pointed star and the eight pathways.

Teaching Team: Te Arawaru
Enrolment: Bilingual NE
Years: Year 1- 6
Team Leader: Robert Waaka

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ROOM 4 -  MERE WARU

Ko Ngongotaha te maunga

Ko Awahou te awa

Ko Tawakeheimoa te Marae

Ko Arawa te waka

Ko Te Arawa te iwi

No Rotorua ahau

Ko Angel rāua

Ko Paris ōku tamāhine

Ko John toku hoa rangatira

Ko Mere Waru toku ingoa

Kia ora e te whānau,

Wow it’s a new year and your tamaiti is now 5!!!! I am so pleased to be your child’s pouako for their first year of schooling here at Te kura tuatahi o Papaioea. Welcome back to those students who were with us in terms 3 & 4, last year.

This is my fifth year in Te Arawaru specialising in New Entrant. We begin our year in Room 4 for the next 2-3 terms until our original akomanga, Room 13, is refurbished. We are super excited to be in a new classroom, which is the biggest room in our kura!!! Please feel free to come in and visit us or ask questions about your tamaiti and their learning. I look forward to meeting you and working towards helping your tamaiti achieve many great things throughout the year in their learning and understanding.

ROOM 2 - MAIRE BENEVIDES

Ko Ruapehu te Maunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Ātihaunui-ā-pāpārangi te iwi
Ko Ngāti Tamakopiri te Hapū
Ko Opaea te Marae
Ko Maire Benevides tōku ingoa

Tēna koutou ngā whānau o ngā tamariki o te akomanga 2. He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.

I am excited to be your tamaiti’s pouako in Room 2 this year.

I come to teaching with a multicultural background and various experiences. I grew up in Taihape - the gumboot capital of the world, with a Māori mother and Portuguese-American father. I went on to study sport management and Te Reo Māori at the University of Waikato. After graduating, I dabbled in office work for a few years before moving to Japan to teach English for 4 years. While living in Japan I was lucky enough to travel around the world and experience many different cultures. I then came back to Aotearoa to study to become a primary school teacher. I recently moved to sunny Ōtaki and am enjoying the beautiful weather and the beach!

One of my goals this year is to make our class an exciting and engaging place for the tamariki to be, where learning is fun and tamariki feel supported throughout their learning journey. I am particularly passionate about Māori achievement and I will do my best to help the tamariki realize their potential.

My classroom has an open door, and I encourage whānau to come in or contact me to discuss their tamariki's learning, ask any questions or raise any concerns.

Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu
Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly


Whaea Maire

ROOM 17 -  JONELLA SMITH  

E ngā waewae tapu, To the first time visitors
E ngā mana,To the prestige
E ngā reo, To the voices
E ngā waka, To the canoes

Tēna tātou kōutou,

Welcome everyone to my profile. I have been employed as a classroom teacher at Central Normal School for eighteen years in Te Arawaru Bilingual unit. I believe each and every tamaiti has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I help my tamariki in my class todevelop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. I assist my tamariki in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas through an inquiry process.

My emphasis is on providing an opportunity for learning through Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga. I am extremely focused on raising achievement for all students.

Nō reira, kia hora te mārino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana,
Kia tere karohirohi i mua i tōu huarahi Marautanga.

Therefore, may calm be spread around you, may the sea glisten like greenstone and the shimmer of summer dance across your pathway to education. God bless.

Naku noa Whaea Jonella

ROOM 18 -  THERESE KEO

Ka tū nei au i Whitianga.

Mau tonu taku mata ki te waiu o Waipapa

Ko Ngāti Paeakau!

Kei tua kei uta ko maunga  Oariki

He tapu he tipua ko Te Whānau ā Apanui e!

Tēnā koutou katoa.I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year. Ever since I started teaching, I have been passionate in my commitment to maximising individual student performance.  I enjoy working with children and watching them learn and grow.I have been teaching for 10 years.  My previous school was total immersion te reo Māori. I received my Bachelor of Education at Massey University and later I completed my Post Graduate studies at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. My home is a multi-cultural home. I am fluent in both Te Reo Māori and English.  My children speak Khmer (Cambodian language), Te Reo Māori and English. I look forward to working with you to make your child's learning experience fun.

Ngā mihi,

Nā Whāea Therese

ROOM 15 - JO BARRETT

Ko Tainui te waka,                                                                            

Ko Taupiri te maunga,                                                                            

Ko Waikato te awa,        

Ko Ngati Maniapoto te iwi,          

Ko Waipatoto te marae,       

Ko Ngati Kinohaku te hapu,   

Ko Josephine Barrett tōku ingoa.

Nau mai, rarau mai ,whakakotahi mai, Tēnā koutou e te whānau, te hunga e pōpori ana ki tō tatau reo Māori. Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa.

Greetings and welcome back to Central Normal School. I am the teacher in the Whare Runanga/Room17 this year.  We will work hard to achieve our goals this year and make our learning experiences as enjoyable as possible.  I am privileged to be your child’s teacher and look forward to our time together as a whānau. I have worked in Total immersion education for the last 13 years and moved to Central Normal School in term 3 last year. I have a daughter Tania who is also a teacher at Te Kura o Tākaro in the Rumaki unit. I have an open door policy so please feel free to call in for a chat. 

Naku noa,

Whaea Jo.

ROOM 16 - ROBERT WAAKA (TEAM LEADER)

Kei ngā ihoiho ō ngā maunga whakahī e tū kāwekaweka mai nā,
i ō koutou nā rohe taurikura tēnā rā koutou katoa.

‘He piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha, Waikato taniwharau!’

My name is Robert Waaka the team leader of Te Arawaru. I have an absolute passion to teach in te reo Māori and English. The richness that language can add to the growth and progress of a person I cannot emphasise enough. The Te Arawaru team are on the cutting edge of bilingual education and we look forward to guiding your tamariki to be the learners they can be in English and te reo Māori. I lead a team of extremely enthusiastic and passionate teachers who are professional, knowledgeable, and above all, very approachable. Therefore, our doors are always open and welcoming.

I will finish with one of my favourite Whakataukī (Māori proverb) that talks about the many influences a child will face that will eventually make them who they are.
‘Ko te piko o te māhuri tērā te tipu o te rākau’

Ka āpiti hōno tātai hōno, rātou te hunga wairua ki a rātou, tātou ki a tātou e tau nei, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, huri ki tō tātou piringa whare, tēnā tātou katoa.

Nāku iti nei,
Nā Pā Ropata Waaka

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