Team Kapiti (Yrs 7 & 8)
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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 13 ,14, 15, 16, 17 & 18.
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.
Team Leader, Room 15: 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 16: David Clare
Hi my name is David Clare, Year 7 and 8 teacher in Room 16. I have loved my 5 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 17: Amanda Jones
Amanda loves her job in Team Kapiti, working alongside a team of enthusiastic, skilful teachers who are dedicated to supporting the social and academic learning of our Year 7 & 8 students. She really enjoys this age group - a time when students are showing increased independence and autonomy as learners. She has a post-graduate diploma in special education and is committed to inclusive teaching methods that recognise the value of diversity. She enjoys rich learning conversations with her students and loves seeing their understanding of the world deepen. When Amanda isn't teaching, she loves spending time in bookshops, garden centres and art galleries. She has taught in schools across Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Poriria and has youth work experience across the Tasman, but has happily made the Kapiti Coast her home. She feels very lucky to start each working day with a drive along the beach road with views of our beautiful Kapiti Island.
Room 18: Nicole Stark
I started teaching at Raumati Beach School in 2013. I’m happiest working alongside students in the senior school. I aim to give my class as much autonomy of their learning as possible, as well as foster an environment where we can all have fun, take risks and grow as individuals. Outside of school, I like to spend time outdoors; hiking, paddle boarding and enjoying our beaches and rivers with my family.
Maternity leave 2018: Hayley Tanga
Kia Ora TatouMy name is Hayley Tanga. I am on maternity leave at this time. I believe school is about developing curiosity, taking a chance and feeling success. In my classroom inquiry based learning allows children to ask their own questions and then explore the possible answers in a collaborative work environment. Autonomy and digital literacy is supported with daily workshops and access to all support material via Google classroom. The best part of my job? Working alongside my class to research, discuss, create and then present, with pride, their finished product.