We warmly welcome Ben Winders and Danique McRae to our staff and school community. Ben, of course, is already part of our school community.
Ben is a very experienced teacher having taught in England, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands and New Zealand. He is a practising Catholic and has a Masters degree in Religious Education. He is both a primary and a secondary teacher, having taught at high school level at Verdon College and Waimate High School over the past seven years. Ben has a farming background and has particular strengths in agriculture, performing arts, music and Education Outside the Classroom. He is a former Central Southland rugby player. Ben is married to Nicola Winders and his daughter, Anika, is in year 7. His son is a Special Character leader at St Kevin’s and he has a son at Otago University and his eldest son has just graduated from Waikato University.
Danique has seven years teaching experience teaching at all levels of the school. She is also a practising Catholic and is presently the new entrant teacher and Director of Religious of Studies at St Joseph’s School in Balclutha. She is moving to Oamaru with her husband, Mitch who is going to work for Sport Waitaki. Danique is a very effective teacher. She was also a competitive ballroom and Latin American dancer for 13 years.
I would also like to congratulate Sara Jones-Hogan who is our new Assistant Principal, and Leanne Brookes who is our new Director of Religious Studies (along with Nicola Winders). Leanne has also been appointed permanently to the role of Junior School Syndicate Leader - a role she has been doing very ably this year.
Lena Klenner is going to job-share with Morgan Tangney. She has been working across the junior school this year. We are lucky to have Lena, who is an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner with a wealth and depth of experience. She also has a lovely, positive way with the children and runs a structured and interesting classroom program.
We have also appointed our within-school Community of Learning Teacher who is Nicola Winders.
We have one more appointment to make which should be finalised by early week 8 and I have good reason to feel very positive about this appointment.
Staffing for 2018
NE - Y r2 – Leanne Brookes (DRS, Junior Syndicate Leader)
NE - Yr 2 – Tua Misiloi (Pasifika Coordinator)
Yr 2-3 – Morgan Tangney (Across School Community of Learning Teacher) and Lena Klenner
Yr 2-3 – Danique McRae
Yr 4-5 – Nicola Winders (Deputy Principal, co-DRS, COL within school teacher)
Yr 5-6 – To be confirmed
Yr 7 – Ben Winders
Yr 8 – Sara Jones-Hogan (Assistant Principal, Special Education Needs Coordinator)
We are aware we have a large year 7 class. Please trust me that we will accommodate this class very well. We have an excellent combination of teaching skills and talent in Intermediate and all children will benefit from the skills and enthusiasm of both teachers. Our prime aim is a broad, interesting and relevant curriculum with a continuing focus on maximising achievement in literacy and numeracy, extending able learners and providing extra support where needed. We are particularly hoping to embrace STEAM in 2018 which is the combined focus of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Maths in an integrated curriculum.
Thank you to all our families who came to the Welcome Mass on Sunday - it was very special.
End of Year Reminders
Please bookmark our end of year prize-giving mass on Thursday 14th December. It would be lovely to share this end of year farewell with the whole community. The juniors will be performing their Nativity pageant. The new Just Like Jesus awards will be presented to the most outstanding role model in each year group. Plus of course the year 8 prizes and farewell. To make it manageable to our younger students, we have cut all the speeches. The head boy and head girl speeches will be at our final assembly at 2.00 pm on Friday 15th December.
God Bless and Aroha,