Team Te Moana (Yrs 3 & 4)
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 3 & 4 team. Our learning community is based in Rooms 22 - 27.
Room 22: Kirsten Scott
Kirstin is part of the Year 3 and 4 teaching team. She is passionate about learning at any age and has had over 15 years experience of teaching both children and adults. Kirstin began her teacher training in Wellington and has taught at several schools in the region. She has mainly worked with Yr3 and 4 students, but has taught in most areas of the school. She takes great pleasure in watching students develop and connect with their learning. In her spare time she enjoys the great outdoors with her family, which often includes supporting her boys with their many sporting pursuits. And when time allows some quiet pottering in the garden or with her nose in a book.
Room 23: Clare O'Hagan-Harris
Clare has taught in a variety of levels in a number of schools during her years of teaching. She has a special interest in Literacy and still loves the excitement of discovering something new everyday with her students. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, following sporting events, reading and listening to music.
Room 24: Bobby Pansters
Bobby Pansters has been a teacher for 13 years teaching in Porirua and on the Kapiti Coast. He has taught Year3 to Year 8. He also runs a boys mentoring group for Year 6 and helps with the restorative justice program in the school. When he's not at school he practices Aikido, reads comic books, listens to music, walks dogs and mows the lawns when he's told.
Room 25: Kate Hudson
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 26: Natalie Stone
I have been teaching in the Year 3 & 4 Syndicate for nearly two years now and feel very privileged to work with such a fabulous team of talented teachers and children! Prior to 2015 I was a Relief Teacher teaching across the ages at Raumati Beach School and other schools on the Kapiti Coast while my own two children were little. Before I became a Teacher I was a Registered Nurse for approximately five years where I worked in a number of specialty areas.I have a passion and excitement for children and learning, I believe in encouraging children to be involved and inquisitive learners. I am focused on my students achieving to their potential both inside and outside the classroom and I strive to prepare children the best that I can for life. When it comes to the great outdoors and sport, I try to inspire children through the sharing of some of my accomplishments and interests such as; running (one marathon was enough!) a 100km Oxfam walk and my love of snow skiing. I also have a love and passion for languages (I can speak German) and have been lucky enough to be part of a group of teachers on the Kapiti Coast learning and teaching Mandarin Chinese which is proving to be a fantastic challenge.I look forward to getting to know you and your child at Raumati Beach School!
Team Leader, Room 27: Victoria Caines
I started my teaching career in Wellington back in 2001, teaching both year 3/4 and 1/2 classes before heading overseas to teach English in South Korea. After travelling I settled in Sydney, Australia where I have been teaching for more than 10 years across various grades. During my time in Sydney I have taken on different leadership roles including Gifted and Talented co-ordinator, acting Assistant Principal and New Entrant co-ordinator. I have a special interest in Gifted and Talented education, literacy across the school and visual arts. My family and I are moving back to the Kapiti Coast to be closer to our extended family and enjoy a more laid back lifestyle. In my spare time I like to head to the beach with family or curl up with a good book.