Team Kapiti (Yrs 7 & 8)
Kapiti – Join
As the (kopata wai) drop of water moves towards Kapiti Island it is pulled into the sky by the sun (ra) and taken to the peak of the island where it is dropped. From the peak of the island (Tuteremoana) the water drop (kopata wai) is able to look out across the Tasman Sea and imagine the wonders of the world and learns that its journey into the world is just beginning and that it will continue to grow and gather knowledge as it ventures into the world beyond the Kapiti Coast.
The Year 7 & 8 team is made up of six classes: Rooms 12, 13 ,14, 17, 18 & 19.
Team Leader, Room 17: 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.
Room 12: David Clare
Hi my name is David Clare, Sports Co-ordinator and Year 7 and 8 teacher in Room 12. I have loved my 4 years working with intermediate students. It's a time of physical, mental and social change that allows for a very exciting learning environment as we help navigate our youth through the digital age. Before teaching, I was a musician and music teacher for 13 years, performing in bands and teaching drums, guitar and band mentoring. As well as music, I have a passion for trail running and mountain biking.
Room 13: Karen McKay
Karen is a member of Team Kapiti at Raumati Beach School and has had the pleasure of working on the Kapiti Coast for over 20 years. She loves getting stuck into curriculum and has enjoyed leading mathematics and science at Raumati Beach, particularly appreciating the effect success in these areas can have on the students. She lives with her husband and three teenage children, one of whom has now flown the nest and started university. The other two still manage to provide plenty of sporting activities in the weekend, and these, along with reading and shopping, tend to take up most of her time!! Karen, proudly hails from Nottingham in England and can often be heard telling people that she is related to Robin Hood (her only ‘possible’ claim to fame!).
Room 14: Kristy Macilquham
Kristy has been teaching for 14 years. She graduated from James Cook University, Queensland, Australia in 2001. Before moving to New Zealand, she taught in the Top end of Australia, where crocs and snakes were classroom pets! She has spent time teaching in Taupo prior to moving to the Kapiti Coast. She loves the challenge of teaching and is driven by seeing her students achieve to their potential. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband. She loves a good Netflix binge, baking and gardening.
Room 18: Hayley Tanga
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Taheke, Ko Waimakariki nga awa
Ko Puhongatohora, Ko Port Hills nga Maunga
Ko Ngati Pakau, Ko McDonald nga hapu
Ko Mahuri, Ko Tewhareotakumama nga marae
Ko Nga Puhi, Ko Bantry Bay, Ireland nga iwi
Kia ora, my name is Hayley Tanga. I am of Maori/Irish descent. I was born in Christchurch. I now live in Paraparaumu with my husband, 4 ½ year old daughter, 2 cats and 1 dog. I have been a teacher for 15 years. My journey has seen me teaching English in South Korea, to working in Church of England school in West Norwood, London. I have travelled to South East Asia, Great Britain, Western Europe, the Pacific Islands, Australia and Cape Town. My holidays are often spent on an adventure, travelling is in my blood. I enjoy the ocean and mountains, swimming, theatre, reading, spending time with family and friends.
Nau to rourou, Naku to rourou, Ka ora nga iwi - With your food basket and my food basket, we will feed the people. Nga mihi
Room 19: Amanda Jones
Amanda has worked at RBS for a number of years, and has strengths in Year 7 & 8. She has a special interest in literacy and reads widely. You’re going to have a terrific year! It’s really fun being a Year 7 or 8 student at RBS. You have a special role in our school, which means many new challenges and new opportunities are in store for you! I love my work and my students! (Year 7 & 8 students are my favourite year level and I’ve clocked up many years’ experience!) Students your age are increasingly independent and resourceful, so our learning conversations can be really exciting! You’ll grow a lot next year (and not just taller!). There will be so many opportunities to develop your knowledge & skills in all areas of learning. You’ll have everything you need to make great progress – and I’m here to help you all the way!