Tracey originally joined the team in November 2013 as a result of roll growth and enjoyed the middle years in Wakamarina. Her learning environment is ordered, organised and on task. Following three years in Kaituna with Years 1 - 2 pupils, Tracey moves to the Pelorus Learning Area in 2017 but will train for Reading Recovery throughout. Tracey is committed, self-motivated, friendly and approachable.
IT, farming, horses, photography hockey, the outdoors, even biking recently and of course family... all receive enthusiastic and considered attention from Tracey and so too her students.
Toni grew up on a farm in Dunedin and has spent most of her time outdoors exploring. Hobbies include hiking, ski-ing, snow-boarding, baking and anything to do with animals. Having graduated with her teaching degree, Toni took a couple of years to travel and is now back in her favourite country ready to start work.
Curriculum strengths include literacy, Phys Ed/Health and the Arts. Toni is friendly, approachable and can't wait to meet everyone in 2017. Toni will be teaching mostly in the Pelorus Learning Area.
Mary is one of a number of these resource teachers based at Blenheim School. She works with teachers, students and parents to help progress issues relating to achievement whatever their cause. Liaison and referrals are made in consultation with parents via the school's SENCo (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator).
It is Mandy's voice you're most likely to hear when making contact via the phone or meet when calling at reception. Her jobs are many and varied and she is adept at multi-tasking. She deals with first aid, phone calls, finance, mail, stationery, copying you name it - very much the office anchor and when not actually anchored to the front desk she does time as a teacher aide also rounding off a very full skill set.
Apart from looking after all of us at school Mandy has daughters and horses that absorb pretty much of what remains during any given week.
Rita joined the school in 1997 as the school's librarian. Although not a full-time position Rita spends half of her time working with students and half maintaining the community side of the library. Rita is on-site Tuesdays but spends significant hours in addition doing library work.
The rest of Rita's schedule is hugely busy. Involved in a range of community organisations. Her interests and abilities are applied as Secretary of the Community Library, co-ordinating the Havelock Community Education Service organising adult education since the mid 1990's and working with other organisations such as Havelock Vision 2020 and Pelorus Hub. Since 1998 she has been the Secretary/Treasurer of the Havelock Museum, she created and administers the Pelorus People web site and currently serves on the REAP Board and Havelock Community Association. Frankly we're surprised she turns up for work at all. Oh and Rita also does art and has such a good garden it hosts tours. Phew!
Frith Chamberlain ~ Grounds/Caretaker (Casual)
Frith joined us in Term 2 this year and is a familiar figure around the school as she works at keeping our grounds looking sharp. Clearly a keen gardener, Frith is willing and already looking to support environmental projects in and about the school with pupils.