Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Learning Community 2 (LC 2)

Years 1 & 2

Sally Swart
Role

Room 1 Teacher, Year 1/2

Email

sswart@marian.school.nz

Donna Meehan
Role

Room 1 Teacher, Year 1/2

Email

dmeehan@marian.school.nz

Brooke Goodwin
Role

Room 3 Teacher, Year 1/2

Email

bgoodwin@marian.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora koutou, my name is Brooke Goodwin.
I feel extremely excited and blessed to be a teacher in the junior community at Marian. I have always wanted to become an educator at Marian Catholic School since completing my second-year practicum here in 2017.

My major passions are the arts, sports and mathematics. I am a strong advocate for providing rich experiences for my children, by effectively engaging students through all curriculum areas. Providing meaningful real-life experiences, and fostering opportunities that encourage students to advance their confidence and growth is what I strive to uphold in my classroom.

I am driven and inspired to work with learners, family and whānau effectively. I believe it is important to build effective partnerships. In my classroom, this will be apparent through reciprocal communication, allowing all to be a part of their child’s learning journey. My tamariki are always at the heart of my teaching and learning, I value and care for diverse learners, acknowledging that every individual student has something meaningful to bring into the classroom.

I am an enthusiastic, motivated teacher who is eager to grow alongside my children. I am excited to implement the knowledge and skills gained into my programmes, supporting all levels of learners. I look forward to instilling Marian Catholic Schools’ values into teaching and learning, empowering and encouraging my students to recognise their potential.

Suzanne D'Cruz
Role

Room 6 Teacher, Year 2

Email

sdcruz@marian.school.nz

General Information

After completing my Bachelor degree in Primary teaching at the University of Waikato in Tauranga in 2012, I have had the opportunity to teach in England, Tauranga, Te Aroha, Cambridge and now in Hamilton! I have experience working through all the different year levels, but am very much enjoying teaching in my Year 2 class.

I am very passionate about teaching, and my favourite subjects to teach are Reading, Writing and the Arts! When I am not teaching, I enjoy eating out with friends or staying in with a good book or watching a movie with a large cup of coffee in hand!

My favourite part of coming to school everyday, is seeing my students get excited and ready to learn! Learning is hard, but the successes we get out of learning are awesome!

“ The more things you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” - Dr Seuss

Roxy Grace
Role

Room 7 Teacher, Year 2 & LC 2 Leader of Learning

Email

rgrace@marian.school.nz

General Information

Teaching is something that I have always wanted to do - there has never been a doubt in my mind! Teaching, to me, is not just an occupation, it's my vocation - a calling, a lifestyle - it becomes who you are.

My pedagogical practice focuses on the child as a 'whole' being. Not only do I want every child in my classroom to succeed academically, I want them to experience success and happiness in their everyday encounters with other students and myself, as their teacher. My belief is - Happy children are children who learn! I believe in being a role model to my students, this is something that I take very seriously. Learning is a way of life, something that we all need in order to adapt and survive, to continuously improve ourselves. As Anthony Angelo said, "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."

Apart from being a full time teacher in Room 7a, I am the Communication Co-ordinator for the school. My role is to ensure that our Parent Community are up to date with important information via on Facebook page, School Website & School App. Being an avid organiser (and slightly OCD) I absolutely love this role!

When I'm not 'being a teacher', I love spending time with my husband and two dogs, Molly & Charlie. I also enjoy cycling & running around the beautiful Hamilton tracks. I am also an avid reader.

Sally Swart
Role

Room 7 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.