Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Learning Community 1 (LC 1)

New Entrants & Year 1

Antonia Fong-Molenaar
Role

Room 2 Teacher

Email

afong@marian.school.nz

General Information

Tena kaotau katoua. Originally from Rotorua, my husband and I moved to Hamilton in 1999. Since then we have had two beautiful children, aged 9 and 11 who both attend Marian Catholic School. I am proud to say I have been teaching here with the Marian School Whanau (family) for a number of years. This is a special place, not just a school. The Marian Whanau is a supportive, loving, Catholic community.

Whilst at Marian, I have taught our youngest tamariki (children) in New Entrants, Reading Recovery and Year Two. I have been working in education for more than 20 years. I began in early childhood straight from school, I studied through correspondence and then re-trained in primary/elementary (Waikato University) at the turn of the century. I am passionate about education-empowering students to grow socially, emotionally and academically. I love to learn myself and am always embracing professional learning.

In my classroom I seek to build strong relationships with students, providing a place where children belong, are motivated, actively engaged, take risks, feel challenged, take responsibility for their actions and learning, and get to celebrate success. We talk about growing our own minds. Going on the learning journey with children is always exciting as we challenge each other, discover, explore new ideas and best of all have fun. One thing I love about working here at Marian right now, is that we are consciously working together to find new and exciting ways to make learning better - more meaningful fun, challenging and powerful for the children. It’s an exciting place to be.

Christine des Forges
Role

Room 2 Teacher, Wednesday only

Email

cdesforges@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am an experienced New Entrant / Year One teacher having taught at this level for 20 years before coming to Marian Catholic School. This level is my preferred level to teach and it is a privilege to observe the amazing progress every single one of these young people make in such a short time at school.

It is also a privilege to teach in a Catholic School and to be able to share my faith and faith experiences with the children.

Feana Tuakoi
Role

LC 1 Leader of Learning & Room 4 Teacher

Email

ftuakoi@marian.school.nz

General Information

I began my career in the state system and then moved to Marian in 2001. I have been here, in various capacities, ever since. I really value teaching in a Catholic school, as we are able to build relationships and teach the whole child - intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Happy, valued children, with a team of support (both at home and at school), love learning, do their best and then go on to share their gifts with the world.

Sally Swart
Role

Room 4 Release Teacher

Email

sswart@marian.school.nz

General Information

I’ve been privileged to be part of the Marian School family since 2010, teaching New Entrants-Year 4 as a relief teacher and for the past year as a part- time classroom teacher.

I hold a B.Ed. (Early Years). I chose this specific qualification as I love working with juniors. My qualification has equipped me with sound understanding of the dispositions encouraged and nurtured before children begin primary school.
I believe that teaching is primarily about relationships. Knowing children as individuals who embody a range of cultures, talents, interests and learning styles enables me to provide opportunities and experiences in which all children are meaningfully engaged. Promoting an inclusive learning environment which celebrates diversity and fostering mutually respectful relationships with my colleagues, students and parents/whanau, values everyone in the learning community.

I love seeing happy smiling faces come through the door every morning and of course, the daily hugs! I want my students to feel great about who they are, comfortable enough to take risks and ultimately develop into capable, independent life-long learners.

Anna Gerritsen
Role

Room 5 Teacher

Email

agerritsen@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am an experienced teacher who has taught at various schools in the Waikato and overseas. I am passionate about teaching and learning. I feel very blessed that I get to work with such a wonderful group of students every day. We laugh a lot in our class and love learning together.
Outside of school I love spending time with my friends and family. I practice yoga and like walking along the river paths. My goal this year is to read more.