Classes at Turitea School​

There are seven classes at Turitea School, catering for students in years 0 through year 6. You can explore what each of our classes are doing by clicking on their photos below.

Juliet Holt

Rimu - Year 0 / 1

Bridgit, Juliet and Faye work together to provide a nurturing environment which supports young students as they begin their learning journeys at school. The focus is on enabling the continuous exploration of the world within a Learning Through Play approach. Curiosity and creativity, kindness and caring are fostered, and the children’s interests and wonderings are developed wherever possible. An understanding of the Growth Mindset is key, with the need to keep trying and to be a courageous learner encouraged. Introductions to the more formal aspects of learning and the embodiment of the school values are woven throughout the programme.

Bridget James & Faye Taylor

Manuka - Year 1

Bridgit, Juliet and Faye work together to provide a nurturing environment which supports young students as they begin their learning journeys at school. The focus is on enabling the continuous exploration of the world within a Learning Through Play approach. Curiosity and creativity, kindness and caring are fostered, and the children’s interests and wonderings are developed wherever possible. An understanding of the Growth Mindset is key, with the need to keep trying and to be a courageous learner encouraged. Introductions to the more formal aspects of learning and the embodiment of the school values are woven throughout the programme.

Anneliese Nikorima

Rata - Year 2

‘Poipoia te kākano kia puawai’ – nurture the seed and it will blossom.

Just like the Rātā tree, the tamariki in our classroom are nurtured to blossom. We strive towards building positive relationships with others and creating a strong foundation that fosters their identities, languages and cultures. Our classroom encompasses a learning environment where rich learning takes place and tamariki feel safe and confident to grow, explore, take risks and challenge themselves. The tamariki in Rātā are supported in creating a love for learning through their passions, interests and wonderings.

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Kate Baillie

Pohutukawa - Year 2 / 3

Children in Pohutukawa shine brilliantly as do the blooms of their namesake in the forests. They are given opportunities to grow and stretch in a multitude of directions, all the while being supported by the strength of our class. Curiosity and a sense of wonder are celebrated whilst they are assisted to make connections from the known to the new.

Shane Brown

Matai - Year 3 / 4

In Matai, we strive to do our best every day. We build relationships with others, take risks and learn the importance of working together as a team. There is always something new and exciting to learn in Matai. We learn about resilience, learn how to be a good friend and show kindness in everything that we do. Most of all we love exploring, investigating and learning about the world around us. Come check us out. It’s a great place to learn.

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Cameron Schaw

Totara - Year 4 / 5

Kia ora and welcome to Totara, where we value quality, effort and fun. In our class we explore our interests, grow our curiosity, and find an enthusiasm for learning. Music, technology, and getting outside are a big part of what makes Totara tick, so there’s never a dull moment!

Trish Molloy

Kauri - Year 5 / 6

Kauri Room is a learning community where students explore their interests and passions through an Inquiry approach to real life learning through authentic activities – wondering, asking questions, investigating, taking risks, facing challenges and developing new skills. Just like the Kauri tree, students learn to stand tall, developing the school’s values of whanaungatanga, matauranga, manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga.

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