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: 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 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: Rebecca Russell
I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education before completing my Graduate Diploma of Teaching at Victoria University. Since then I have been working at a school in Porirua teaching year 3/4. It is my own children who sparked my passion for education and teaching. I strive to provide the children in my class with the experiences, enthusiasm, and inspiration that I would want my sons to receive. I am passionate about teaching and learning and strongly believe that teaching needs to be relevant, authentic and creative. I aim to create a learning environment that is positive, safe and supportive so that each child feels confident and encouraged to explore, experiment and grow. My family and I have recently to the Kapiti Coast and we enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, especially bike rides, swimming, picnics and walks on the beach with my fiance and our two sons. I also enjoy listening and playing music, photography and relaxing with a good book.
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: Jo Fothergill
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Te Mata Peak tōku maunga
Ko Tukituki tōku awa
Ko Reichstag tōku waka
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 18 years, including three as year 5 & 6 team leader and 2018 as the year 3 & 4 team leader. 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 where I have stayed enjoying the beach and many walkways in the area.
Victoria Caines (Maternity leave)
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.