Our Learning Teams

Uenuku –

Contact the teachers: Rebecca Arrowsmith, Michaela Jensen, Bina Chauhan and Jason Middlemiss.

Welcome to Uenuku. 

We are a team of 4 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 classes. We provide 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 embrace the kaupapa of being a Green Gold Enviro school, teaching the tamariki to recycle, compost waste and take care of our outdoor environment.

We have a successful, established and valued transition programme to support both children and whānau at the beginning of their school journey.

Pounamu – 

Contact the teachers: Amanda Newbery, Trelise Curle, Isabella Pearson, Loreece Vesty and Michael Heyes

Team Pounamu has 5 classes – three Y2/3 classes and two Y4 classes.

In Pounamu the teachers work together 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 several teacher aides who support children with specific learning needs. 

All Pounamu classes have a ‘buddy’ class within the school. The Y4 classes have a Tuakana role with their buddy class in Uenuku syndicate. The Y2/3 classes are buddies with classes in the Rākau Nui syndicate.

As part of being a GreenGold Enviro-school, Pounamu is responsible for looking after our edible gardens and fruit trees. We like to take our learning outdoors and are lucky to have outdoor learning spaces near our classrooms.

Rākau Nui – 

Contact the teachers:  Ali Sprott, Christine Latimer and Sarah Grant


Welcome to Rākau Nui.

We are a team of 3 teachers and 2 teacher aides who work with our senior students (years 5-6), based in Rooms 10, 11 and 12.

Our curriculum is based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) allowing our tamariki to inquire into a wide range of topics covering 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, Kapa Haka and daily P.E & fitness.

We also provide extra learning opportunities for our tamariki, such as peer mediation training, digital learning, including digital citizenship and coding. There are a range of sporting events for students to participate in – such as athletics, cross country, swimming, basketball and football.

As a Green-Gold Enviro School, our students have multiple opportunities to learn about the environment, help in the gardens and take action to make changes for the future and that contribute to our community.