Emily Wood – Specialists Co Ordinator and Occupational Therapist

Emily has spent much of her career as an occupational therapist, working with people with physical and learning disabilities and those with mental illness.
She joined our specialist team at Maitai School in October, 2013; moving north from Central Otago, where she had worked for the Child Development Service for seven years. She has six years’ occupational therapy experience in overseas organisations and hospitals, and worked for a year at Nikau House in Nelson.

Kirsten Pickwell – Occupational Therapist (OT)

Kirsten is an OT in our school. Kirsten works 1 day a week, mainly at Base School.

Emma Matthews – Music Therapist (MT)

Emma is 0.6 with Maitai School and 0.1 with the STOS programme and runs a variety of group and individual music therapy sessions. Emma uses a client-based approach, meeting needs through musical interaction, and then expanding on their educative or personal goals through instrument play, singing, movement, and improvisational music therapy techniques. As well as being a NZ registered music therapist, Emma has a background in ECE Teaching. Music can transform, form and strengthen connections, increase well-being, and provide opportunities for different forms of communication. Emma enjoys working collaboratively and enjoys being a member of the specialist team and working alongside teachers, students and whanau.

Maria Reid – Social Educationalist

Maria Reid is our Social Educationalist. She has been working with Maitai School students for nearly 25 years, and music is an integral part of her work.Maria came to New Zealand from Germany in the 1970s. She graduated from the Cologne Institute for Social Education and Social Work. Music, she says, is a wonderful way to help people connect with others, and to give them a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Esther Cowell – Child and Family Psychologist

Esther Cowell is our Child and Family Psychologist. Having worked with Maitai School on a visiting contract basis for several years, Esther joined our specialist team, part-time, in the last Term of 2013. Currently she is contracted on a weekly basis or as needed. She works with individual students as well as oversees all our Behaviour Management Policy. Esther is greatly experienced with working with families in their home environments, (having worked for Special Education for 11 years) and will readily work with our Maitai School families to formulate a behaviour management plan for their child.

Vicky Melville – Physiotherapist (PT)

Vicky’s role at Maitai School includes looking at safe manual handling and transfers, maintaining flexibility and strength, developing gross motor skills, supporting enrichment programmes such as hydrotherapy and RDA. Vicky started at Maitai School in 2016. Her previous experience includes ACC rehabilitation programmes, Clinical Pilates and working working as a Physiotherapist in sports clinics, hospitals and refugee camps.

  • Up Coming Events

    Wed 21 Aug - Special Olympic Basketball

    Mon 26 Aug - BoT Mtg (7pm in staff room, all welcome)

    Fri 30 Aug - Daffodil Day - dress your child in yellow and bring a gold coin donation 🙂

    Fri 20 Sep - Whanau Day/Mask Parade

    Fri 27 Sep - Loud Shirt Day and End of term 3!

    Mon 14 Oct - Beginning of term 4

  • Term Dates 2019

    Term 1: 7 Feb – 12 April
    Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
    Term 3: 22 July – 27 Sep
    Term 4: 14 Oct – 20 Dec

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