Team Te Moana (Yrs 5 & 6)

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: Scott Chappell
Tēnā koutou katoa 
Ko Scott tōku ingoa.
Ko Port Hills tōku maunga 
Ko Pegasus Bay tōku moana 
Ko Heathcote tōku awa 
No Ōtautahi ahau. 
No reira, tēnā koutou katoa
I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School since 2015, both in Year 3/4 and Year 5/6. It is a fantastic school and community to be a part of and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. I encourage self-management and giving choice of learning activities in my classroom. I am currently living in Wellington, after having moved up from Christchurch at the start of 2015. In my spare time I love to play music and squash.

Room 11: Matt Van Wheeler
Hi, my name is Matt van Wheeler and I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School for the past two years.  I have been teaching year five and six, and thoroughly enjoy it.  Before teaching here I taught at Avalon Intermediate School, where I taught year seven and eights as well as Hard Materials. In my spare time I enjoy fishing (unsuccessfully on my kayak), playing football, running, socialising with friends and enjoying time with my family.  I am married to Heidi and have two gorgeous boys and two dogs.  We have lived on the Kapiti Coast for the past three years and really enjoy the community feel and the beach. I look forward to continuing my teaching and learning journey at our school and building on the friendships I have made and developing new ones.  

Room 15: 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 15 in Whare Ako (House of Learning).  This is a collaborative learning environment shared with Room 16 and their teacher, Sheena Mear. 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.  

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Scott Chappell
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Paul Gilbert
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Shellee May
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Room 16: Sheena Mear
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Tongariro tōku maunga
Ko Rotoira tōku awa
Ko Te Arawa tōku waka 
Ko Tuwharetoa tōku iwi
Ko Hikairo tōku hapu 
Ko Sheena tōku ingoa
No Paraparaumu ahau
I have been at Raumati Beach School in various roles over the past 7 years. For the past two years, I have taught in a modern learning space with Shellee May in Whare Ako. Our class motto is ‘He waka eke noa’ which means we are all in this together. We value the hauora approach to teaching and support the child to become lifelong learners. I grew up on the Kapiti Coast and am now bringing up my young family here.

Room 20: Paul Gilbert
Paul has taught at a number of year levels at RBS.  He holds a number of degrees and qualifications (which he does not like to talk about), and has been teaching at primary level since 2011. A published author, he is passionate about reading and writing, and about nurturing that passion in his students. He also encourages questioning in all its forms – wander through, you’ll usually find plenty of ‘student voice’ raising intriguing ideas in his classroom. Paul was born and raised in the Hutt, but hardly manages to get away to the “old stomping ground” as his wife, two children, cat, three chickens and scattering of nearby relatives seem to soak up any time not spent reading or enjoying the cafes and outdoors of the Kapiti Coast.

Room 21: Jo Fothergill 
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Te Mata Peak tōku maunga
Ko Tukituki tōku awa
Ko Reichstag tōku waka 
Ko Te Matau-a-Māui tōku moana
Ko Kiwi tōku iwi 
Ko Jo tōku ingoa
No Heretaunga ahau 
I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School in a number of different roles over the last 16 years, the last two as team leader of the year 5 & 6s. I am passionate about innovative spaces and collaborative teaching, and work with my students to develop their ability to self-manage, be independent learners, use devices as part of their learning, and develop good citizenship skills. I grew up in the Hawke's Bay, spent 13 years living in Christchurch where both my children were born, experienced Auckland living for 18 months and then arrived here on the Kapiti Coast in the early 90's.