Our Learning Teams

Uenuku –

Contact the staff members: Rebecca Arrowsmith, Michaela Jensen and Jason Middlemiss.

Welcome to Uenuku.

We are a team of 3 Teachers working with the most junior students in the school – New Entrants (NE) and Year 1 children. We work in a large collaborative teaching space, with dedicated home class bases. We aim to establish a fun, happy and safe environment for our tamariki where they feel cared for and comfortable to learn through a range of play-based and explicit teaching opportunities covering all aspects of the curriculum. The children have the opportunity to learn outdoors as well as in the classroom. We have an established and valued transition programme to support both children and whanau at the beginning of their school journey.

Pounamu – 

Contact the staff members: Wendy Blue Amanda Newbery, Michael Heyes, Sam Diggins and Michael Heyes

Team Pounamu is the middle syndicate of the school and currently has year 2 and 3 students with ages ranging from 5 to 8 years.

The teachers work collaboratively to provide a range of diverse learning experiences incorporating inquiry learning and play-based learning approaches, while also focusing on literacy and numeracy. Pounamu is supported by a reading recovery teacher as well as teacher aide help for children who have specific learning needs. As part of being an environmental school, Pounamu is responsible for looking after our edible gardens and fruit trees. We like to get outside and are lucky to have an outdoor learning space near our classrooms.

Rākau Nui – 

Contact the staff members: Jenni Harrison, Ali Sprott, Christine Latimer, Sarah Grant, Trelise Curle, Andi Fancy, Kath Leach and Judy Hardy.


Welcome to Rākau Nui.
We are a team of 8 teachers and 5 teacher aides who work with our senior students (years 4-6), based in Rooms 10 to 13. 

Our curriculum is based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) allowing our tamariki to inquire into a wide range of topics such as local and international cultural events, sports, the arts, the environment and experience a range of technological challenges. In addition to our STEAM programme, we run maths and literacy programmes focused on the needs of individual students, daily P.E and fitness, mindfulness and kapa haka. 

We also provide extra learning opportunities for our tamariki, such as peer mediation training, sewing, a range of language learning opportunities, including sign language, Samoan and Korean, digital learning, including digital citizenship and coding and a range of sporting events, such as athletics, cross country, swimming, basketball and football. 

As a Green-Gold Enviro School, our students also have multiple opportunities to learn about the environment, gardening and take action to drive and make changes for the future.