2017 sees Vicki not only keeping middle-school students in the Wakamarina Learning Area on their toes but also co-ordinating special education as SENCo (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator). From time to time trainee teachers also benefit from her experience and guidance. Literacy and Social Studies are her particular areas of interest. Being Deputy Principal and promoting the Feuerstein Programme reflects that she is one fully committed team player.
Family of course features largely in Vicki's life away from school. For either recreation or therapy Vicki gets out to enjoy the fresh air that goes with running and biking. Although the "run for fun" theme is ever present, some of the events and distances are growing and looking a little more serious. Horses too provide a ready excuse to get out and about.
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.
Nardia joined the team in mid-June 2016 re-opening Room 1 as the Kenepuru Learning Area with twenty-one students in Year 3. This position is a result of roll growth. Nardia believes in providing all students with engaging and authentic learning opportunities and values positive relationship with clear communication between colleagues, students and whānau. She has interests in the Arts, Technology, Science, Literacy and Health. Although Kenepuru moves to the main block in 2017, Nardia will remain at the helm of a bunch of Year 3 - 4 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.
Ruth's eldest son lives in Wellington with three children, her next son is off to Canterbury University to study Software Engineering and her daughter starts 2017 in Year 12 at Nelson College for Girls. Flying the Dash 8, Ruth's husband traverses Air New Zealand's regional routes.
Ruth has taught in Nelson and Motueka for six years across all age groups from Year 1 up to Year 8. She is looking forward to getting to know Havelock's juniors in Kaituna and also the wider community.
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!
Betty Dillon ~ Cleaner
Betty started at Havelock School in May 2016 taking over the cleaning duties. No doubt she'll keep the school looking good, ensuring the new toilets et al are in top condition. Having members of her family attending as students and an accomodating disposition help Betty keep a balanced perspective whilst doing some of the chores most of us try to avoid. Thanks for all you are doing.
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.