Te Moana (Yrs 5 & 6) Teachers

Te Moana – The Sea
The drop of water (kopata wai) leaves the shelter of the Wharemauku Stream and now becomes part of the sea. It is pushed and pulled towards Kapiti Island in the distance and is continuing to gather knowledge on its journey to the Island.
There are six classes in our Year 5 & 6 team.  

Room 10: Kate Hudson-Gill

I graduated from the University of Otago in 2009, with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary). We then moved to the beautiful Kapiti coast, where I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School in various year levels, in between maternity and parental leave. I enjoy all year levels, it has given me a good understanding of the students learning journeys, as they progress though the school.
I am passionate about making learning fun and meaningful for the students. I aim to provide an engaging and motivating environment in which students can develop key life skills alongside Literacy and Numeracy. I believe that relationships with students and parents are the key to creating an environment in which students well-being and learning can develop.
In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors with my family, especially the beach, parks and cricket grounds. I also enjoy baking delicious treats for my friends and reading books.

Room 11: Victoria Caines

Team Lead - Room 12: Jenni Adams

Jenni is currently teaching Year 5 and 6 students in Room 12 in Learning Street.  She has over 22 years teaching experience working across all levels of the school, and enjoys the rewards and challenges that each age group brings. With a BA in English Literature, she is particularly passionate about reading and writing, and she endeavours to instil a life-long love for learning in her students. Jenni began her teaching career at Tawhai School in Stokes Valley where she worked for 18 years, followed by two years at Kelson School where her young son attended. Jenni believes in the importance of developing strong partnership ties between school and home, and she embraces the open door policy in her classroom.Born and raised in Wellington, Jenni spent her teenage years in Porirua before moving to the Hutt Valley. She recently moved to the Kapiti Coast with her husband and young son. In her spare time Jenni enjoys spending time with her family, reading, eating out and catching up with family and friends. Contact Jenni

Room 19: Shellee May

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Shellee tōku ingoa.
Ko Kapiti tōku mōtu 
Ko Rau o te Rangi tōku moana 
Ko Wharemauku tōku awa 
Ko Ngā Puhi tōku iwi 
Ko Mātaatua tōku waka 
No Wairarapa ahau. 
No reira, tēnā koutou katoa
Shellee May teaches in Room 19. She has taught in all areas of the school and also has experience working with adults to develop their literacy needs.  Shellee has lived on the Kapiti Coast for 13 years and now calls Paraparaumu her home.  She has two children attending local schools and loves that the friendly Kapiti community is their home too. Shellee has a special interest in collaboration and believes this is the key to developing independence, respect, a strong sense of self and personal responsibility.  Contact Shellee

Team Lead - Room 20: Paul Gilbert

Tēnā koutou,

Ko Tiriti o Waitangi te waka
Ko Wainuiomata te maunga
Ko Waiwhetu me Awakairangi nga awa
Ko Ngai Tahu te iwi

Nō Waikanae ahau 
Ko Gilbert te whānau
Ko Paul ahau

Hi! I am the teacher for Room 20 and one of 2 team leads for the Te Moana 5/6 syndicate. I also serve as Te Ao Maori coordinator at the school, and am pleased to hear from any whānau with interests in these areas.

I have 2 children, the youngest just started school, the eldest just starting year 5, so I understand the hectic, challenging, exhilarating life of parents and children at this age group. I love a good bush walk or bike ride, almost as much as books, writing, and the philosophical side of life. (And Star Wars, dragons, sports, squishies and all those other cool things too.)

Room 21: Wendy Keating

Wendy Keating loves her job!  She is daily inspired by the curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm shown by children and relishes the challenge of supporting each one to strive for success. Wendy has notched up over 20 years of classroom teaching and school leadership, gaining a few wrinkles and grey hairs along the way, but also hundreds of treasured memories from the many kids and families she's been privileged to work with.  She has taught at Raumati Beach School for several of those years, and previously in schools across Wellington, working with all age groups in a variety of roles.  She has a few letters after her name, gaining a Master's of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University. Wendy is local resident and can be found happily gardening, reading, knitting and spending as much time as she can with her family, especially camping, watching sport and travelling overseas.  She loves our lifestyle on the Kapiti Coast:  she and her husband agree it's a wonderful place to raise their two daughters. Contact Wendy

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Kate Hudson-Gill
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Jenni Adams
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Shellee May
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Paul Gilbert
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Wendy Keating
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