Year 0 and 1 (New Entrant)
He Kākano (meaning “seed”) conveys growth and development. Kākano is the new entrant class here at Galatea School. Our experienced and caring teacher, Miss Tucker, will help ensure your child’s transition to school is positive one. She understands all children are different and as such she structures a program to cater for each child’s individual needs. Early Literacy and Numeracy is at the forefront of learning in Kākano. Art, Music, Te Reo and Science are also part of the daily program. Everyday is a new opportunity to learn and grow in Kākano!
Year 1 and 2
You can find this bright and colourful class around the back of the school by our courts. Mrs Huxford is the dedicated teacher in this classroom. Her class walls are bursting with student’s learning and art. Māhuri builds on strength and develops a strong foundation across the curriculum. Mrs Huxford’s Garden to table program provides hands on learning through planting and maintaining the school garden. Parent volunteers help the students to cook delicious treats with their harvest.
Years 2 & 3
Whaea Anna is the friendly face you will find teaching in Kōwhai. She is open-minded, curious and dedicated with a constant growth-mindset.
She recognises the diversity among students and values it, understanding that all students are unique with their own distinct learning path. Building strong learning relationships with students, whanau and staff is an instrumental part of her practice. Such connections will support all learners, promote student success and keep whānau involved in their childs education.
Whaea Anna works to develop a classroom environment where Kōwhai students are encouraged to be kind, responsible and hardworking individuals with a positive attitude towards learning, school and each other.
Kōwhai students are encouraged to show kindness to themselves and brighten up other people’s days just like the bright cheerful yellow flower of the Kōwhai tree.
Year 3,4 and 5
Years 4, 5, 6 and 7
Miss H is an experienced, dedicated teacher who loves all things intergrated learning, raising enviromental awareness and developing kaitiakitanga (guardianship) in her students. She is also passionate about sports, te whare tapa whā, emotional intelligence and making it an inviting and encouraging space for students to learn.
In Tōtara we agree that when we are supported and surrounded by our loving whānau and community we will grow to our highest potential.
He Tōtara tū I te Waonui a Tāne – Tōtara grows tall in the middle of the Forest.
Year 6, 7 & 8
Ms Curtis has a passion for working with a diverse range of learners and loves being challenged by all within the learning environment. She has a passion for mathematics, history, and art and is looking forward to growing her knowledge and confidence in tikanga and te reo Māori.
Ms Curtis believes that each student adds value to the akomanga (class). She believes through collaboration, knowledge is able to grow and be nourished. The thoughts, opinions and ideas of tamariki are at the centre of the learning environment, ensuring they feel included, valued and safe within the akomanga.