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'He waka eke noa'. We are all in this waka together. We use this whakatauki to guide our Rōpū on our learning journey. We have a vibrant and creative space where students are encouraged to be agents in the learning process. We encourage our tamariki to take ownership of the space and practise skills in independence and responsibility. In this learning space we value whanaungatanga. It is a place to build positive relationships. It is also a space where the tamariki can safely take risks in their learning which enables them to develop who they are and what they are good at.
This is my fourth year teaching at Kaurilands. I love my job and I am lucky to be working alongside such supportive, passion and collaborative people. I believe that children learn best when they feel happy and safe in their environment.
I like doing DIY projects and reading Harry Potter.
Sian Branks firstname.lastname@example.org I love teaching at Kaurilands. It's an innovative, supportive and extremely beautiful school that feels like home. My teaching philosophy is centered in 21st C pedagogy and providing authentic learning opportunities. I am a league supporter and I love all things Pasifika and Te Reo Māori.
Welcome to Rōpū Tahi. We are really excited about working collaboratively as one akomanga (class) in our amazing space.
Kimberly Newmarch email@example.com I have been teaching at Kaurilands for over 7 years. I really enjoy working in our Innovative Learning Environment because of the teachers and children that I work with. I am always amazed by how the tamariki lead their learning everyday. I enjoy reading, cooking and holidays with my family.
Ben Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org I’m a first year teacher and am very happy to be starting my teaching career in such a warm-hearted school full of fun and passionate people. Big believer in recognising and accepting children for who they are and not expecting every child to fit the same mould. I love anything outdoors in nature.
In our Rōpū we are all learners as well as teachers. We value the things that make us unique and we work together to maximise our learning potential. We are lucky to work in a beautiful learning environment with an amazing group of ākonga (learners).
Kylie Parkinson email@example.com I teach in Rōpū Toru with Josh. I love working with such a collaborative team who are all just as passionate about innovative learning practice as I am. I am also driven by creating meaningful learning experiences in the performing arts for our tamariki here at Kaurilands.
I am proud to work at such a caring and welcoming kura. I believe that we are all teachers as well as learners and I love finding out about the passions and interests of akonga. One of the most exciting things about education is the process of finding innovative ways to engage and inspire.
We are a passionate bunch of learners who have a vast range of hobbies and interests. We are creative and passionate about our learning.
Frances O’Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org Kaurilands is a fantastic whānau to be a part of and is a great place to work. I love what I do, I feel fortunate to be working with an awesome group of tamariki and a great team. Knowing my students and providing a safe environment where they can explore their passions is important.
Welcome to Rōpū Whitu, we are a composite year 5 & 6 class in a collaborative learning space. In Rōpū Whitu we have 56 enthusiastic children. We empower our students by giving them many choices in their learning. Self-management is a lifelong skill that we promote, students reflect on their personal learning style on a regular basis and begin taking charge of their learning.
Rosie Savaiinaea email@example.com I have been teaching for 9 years and joined the Kaurilands whānau part way through last year. I believe it is vital to have passion, a sense of humour and have fun. In my spare time I enjoy venturing out to the west coast beaches and spending time with family.
Hannah Kay firstname.lastname@example.org I'm so excited about my first year at Kaurilands School and feel so lucky to be part of such positive community! In my spare time you will find me walking my dog in the Waitakere ranges or out of Auckland visiting whānau.