teacher meeting aug 2015

Our teachers are passionate about learning and dedicated to their work with our students. They are committed to working alongside parents and all the other important people who make up a student’s team, transforming aspirations into reality. Teachers integrate all the significant information from parents, therapists, other agencies, and from the students themselves, to create lively motivating learning experiences, through in-class programmes and through our extensive range of curriculum enrichment activities.

Janie Heath – Teacher

Janie is head teacher at our southern satellite class, Maitai at Henley Waimea, which opened in Richmond in 2012, on the shared sites of Henley Primary School and Waimea Intermediate School. Janie has been a teaching at Maitai School since 2004, and came to us from Invercargill where she taught children with special needs, within a mainstream school.

Teri Pikia – Teacher

Teri came to Maitai School in 2012 from Invercargill, where she taught at Ruru Specialist School. She is the Head of Teaching Staff and is the school’s Kaiwhakahaere – our Maori Advisor to staff.Teri has brought cultural enrichment to our students, who greatly enjoy taking part in Kapa Haka (Maori performing arts), each week.

Stefan Hervel – Teacher

Stefan is a teacher who came to Maitai School in 2001, from his home in Germany, where he worked with children and adults with special needs.Since his arrival in New Zealand, Stefan has attended a variety of courses, including Supporting Students with Autism, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Assistive Technologies, Health and P.E. (for people with special needs), and Behaviour Management. Stefan is also the school I.C.T. Lead Teacher and is the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.

Laura Della-Bosca – Teacher

LauraLaura is a teacher who came to Maitai School in 2015.  She studied down in Christchurch for four years and through a volunteer programme called ‘Star Jam’ worked with children and young adults with special needs in both a musical and dance environment.  Laura brings her special interest in health and physical education to our team.

Judith Keylock – Teacher

Maitai School has its own art specialist. Local artist and designer Judith has been working with our students since 2006 – introducing them to mixed media art, using a variety of materials and techniques, ranging from eco-dyeing fabrics, paper-making, ceramics and painting from observational studies outdoors. Judith comes to Maitai School and its satellite classes three days every week.She has a Degree in Printed Textiles from Manchester Art College, in the United Kingdom, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Textiles and Technology, from Breton Hall, within Leeds University. She came to New Zealand in 2004.
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    • Wednesday 23 August - Special Olympic Basketball
    • Friday 25 August - Daffodil Day
  • Term Dates 2017

    Term 1: 7th Feb until 13th April
    Term 2: 1st May until 7th July
    Term 3: 24th July until 29th Sept
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