In the last few weeks we have been confirming the staff structure for 2018 as some staff are leaving us at the end of this year. As informed in an earlier newsletter this includes Chanelle Wootton who is going on maternity leave for 2018 and Lisa Birchenough who is moving to a new position at Taupo Nui a Tia College.
Other changes include the news that; Jodie Appleton is moving to a new position at Mountview School, Jeni Shekell is retiring and Sarah Sheriff has accepted a new position at Hilltop School. I would like to thank each of these people for their professional contribution to our school and commitment over a number of years. There will be a full school assembly on Monday 18 December at 9.15 to farewell them appropriately from our school family. You are very welcome to attend.
With these changes we are delighted to have been able to employ experienced teachers to the following positions. All bring valuable strengths to our school culture.
Esther, who will be known to some of you as a parent at our school, comes from Reporoa Primary and brings strengths in leadership, literacy and oral language. Esther will be teaching in the Junior School alongside Jeff Diack, Susan Palmer and Kylie Parkes.
Cheyenne comes originally from Auckland, but more recently from Tauhara Primary, and brings strengths in digital fluency, formative assessment and learning support. Cheyenne will be teaching in one of our middle school teaching teams alongside Kim Stevens, Louise Goddard (Monday - Thursday) and Kim Colebrook (Fridays).
Carrie comes from Taupo Intermediate and brings strengths in digital technology and Science. Carrie will be teaching in our other middle school team alongside Hilary Sutton and Ian McCabe.
Louise has taught internationally and is a former maths and team leader and has experience teaching at all levels. She has most recently been with us in a variety of roles across our school as one of our part time release teachers. Louise will be working in the middle school teaching team alongside Kim Stevens and Cheyenne Campbell.
Debra moves from our junior team and will take on the leadership position vacated by Sarah Sherriff in the Yr 5 and 6 team. Debra brings a depth of experience teaching senior students and will lead Assessment for Learning across the school and will teach alongside Holly Murrell and Kylie Barbour.
Waipahihi School - 2018 teaching teams
Senior Team 1:
R1 - Jen Maloney - Leader
R3 - Pam Kerr
R4 - Megan Fraser
Senior Team 2:
R2 - Kylie Barbour
R5 - Debra Lynch - Leader
R6 - Holly Morrell
Middle Team 1:
R7 - Hilary Sutton - Leader
R8 - Carrie Fleury
R9 - Ian McCabe
Middle Team 2:
R13 - Cheyenne Campbell
R14 - Louise Goddard (Fridays - Kim Colebrook)
R15 - Kim Stevens - Leader
Junior Team 1
R16 - Kylie Parkes
R18 - Susan Palmer
R19 - Esther Beattie
R20 - Jeff Diack - Leader
Junior (New Entrant) Team 2
R11 - Fiona Griffin
R12 - Jane Low
Beth Wills - Leader
2018 Start of Year dates
The start of year information for our families and the dates for our staff professional development are below. To assist with your forward planning, here are some key dates for Term 1.
There will be two Teacher Only days in February where the school will be closed to students
- Monday February 5th and Friday February 16th.
These dates have had to be organised around the availability of external professional providers. We hope that by placing them alongside a public holiday or a weekend that they are as inconvenient as possible. Nearer the time, we will provide further detail on how Youth Town (after school care) can help provide you with a daycare option if needed.
2018 Start of Year details are:
Term 1 - First day of School for children - January 31 (Wednesday)
Whole Staff Teacher Only Day
Monday February 5 (the day before Waitangi Day - Tuesday 6 February - school is closed)
Children back on Wednesday 7 February
Whole Staff Teacher Only Day - Friday February 16 (school is closed)
Easter (during the school term) - Friday 30 March to Tuesday 3 April - a reminder that Easter Tuesday is a public holiday
Term 1 ends - Friday 13 April
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