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: 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, Jenni Adams. 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.  
Room 16: Jenni Adams
Jenni is currently teaching Year 5 and 6 students with Shellee May in Whare Ako. 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.

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.

Sheena Mear - on maternity leave.

Media Gallery

Scott Chappell
1 media item
Matt VW
1 media item
Jenni Adams
1 media item
Paul Gilbert
1 media item
Jo Fothergill
1 media item