Senior Leadership Team
Mark has been the Principal of this school since 1997. He is proud to be the head learner of Arakura School, bearing in mind that Arakura means ‘Pathway to Learning’, and we are learning all of the time. He sees a key role of his is engaging with our parents, and building a team. He believes that the process is more important than the product.
Deputy Principal, Literacy Leader, SENCO
Cathryn has been at Arakura School since 2005 and has taught in every year range over her time here. She is the Deputy Principal, SENCO, and Head of Literacy for the school. She is passionate about Reading and Writing and how they link into all the other curriculum areas.
Assistant Principal, Numeracy Leader, SENCO Support
Natalie has been teaching at Arakura School since 2008 and has taught mainly in the Senior School. She is the Assistant Principal, and Head of Mathematics for the school. In 2011 she was involved in trialling ALiM (Advanced Learning in Mathematics) at Arakura School. She is passionate about Numeracy and Physical Activity.
New Entrants, Release Teacher
Cherie started working at Arakura School as a full time teacher in 1996. In 2004, after having her son, she decided to come back to work part time and she has been doing the job of release teacher ever since. Cherie loves having the opportunity to work in all of the classrooms and enjoys the challenge of working at all levels of the school. She finds it rewarding to be able to see the children’s progress and celebrate their successes as they move through the school.
Literacy, Maori/Pasifika, Reading Together
Jeaneen has been teaching at Arakura School since 2005. She comes from a background of textiles and design, and this flows into her classroom as she encourages her students to explore art, materials, and patterns. She encourages whanaungatanga – the act of togetherness – both within her class, but also within the school.
ICT & Technology, Staff Representative (B.O.T)
Al has been teaching since 2009, with Arakura School being his first full time position. In 2011 he was elected as the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees. He also heads up the IT department. He has many passions, but in particular they are about teaching Art, Sports, and Technology. Al’s philosophy is to inspire the boys in my class and provide them with the skills and role-model to be men in years to come.
Kapahaka, Maori/Pasifika, Reading Together
Louissa comes from a strong family of Teachers, and provides a very balanced perspective when it comes to teaching and learning in Wainuiomata. She has been working full time at Arakura School since 2010. She works in well with our community and whanau and supports students to be their best both at school and at home.
School Sports, NZEI Representative
Chanelle has been teaching in our school, first as a reliever and release teacher, before becoming employed full time at Arakura School in 2012. In 2013 she worked with Anna Marquis to set up Touch Rugby teams after school, and in 2014, a Saturday Morning Netball team. In 2014, Chanelle directed “The Red Carpet” – our whole school production, in Term 3.
Ruth started her Teaching career at Arakura School, and became fully registered in 2015. Ruth has shown enthusiasm for all areas of school life, encouraging students to participate in the Garden, Breakfast Club, and Touch Rugby. She has also begun a School Choir that meets at lunchtimes.
Mark is the Reading Recovery Teacher at Arakura School. He trained as a teacher last century(!!) but then did a 1 year specialist course in Palmerston North under the direction of Auckland University to be a Reading Recovery Teacher. He teaches one to one with children aged between 6 – 7 who need help to get better at reading and writing. Mark has been a part-time teacher at Arakura School since 2010. He loves to see all children succeed at reading and writing!
- Bonnie Macbeth – Office Administrator
- Lynnette Stewart – Office & Teacher Aide
- Laurie Price – Teacher Aide
- Leigh Miller – Teacher Aide
- Natanya Giles – Teacher Aide
- Debbie Owen – Teacher Aide
- Debbie Morrissey – Teacher Aide
NZEI is the New Zealand Educational Institute. It is the union for all Primary Teachers.
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