Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Other Teaching Staff

Sally Swart
Role

LC1 & 2 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.

Donna Meehan
Role

LC3 Release Teacher

Email

dmeehan@marian.school.nz

Belinda Kane
Role

LC4 Release Teacher

Email

bkane@marian.school.nz

Amanda Luke
Role

LC4 Release Teacher

Email

aluke@marian.school.nz

General Information

I have been teaching at Marian Catholic School for over 10 years and love the strong sense of faith, family and community here.

I am currently teaching a Year 5/6 class and, although I do have some experience teaching younger students, I particularly enjoy this age group.
A typical day in my classroom is super busy - lots going on and groups of students working on ten different things at once! I believe that a ‘modern learning environment’ is not just about the furniture - it’s about teaching skills and attitude, rather than facts, and providing my students with carefully scaffolded choices so that they engage in their learning and feel a real sense of ownership of their progress.

My interests include reading (especially anything on history, science or theology….), cooking, travelling and spending time with my family and pets.

Kelly Gonano
Role

LC5 Release Teacher

Email

kgonano@marian.school.nz

Donna Barlow-Rolleston
Role

Te Reo Māori & Kapa haka Teacher

Judi Clark
Role

Choir Teacher

Email

jclark@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am leading the Year 4-6 Concert Choir which I love! I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature & Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a TEFL Certificate in teaching English as a foreign language.

I have a keen interest in the French language and culture after living in France for 12 months in 2014 with my husband and 3 children.

I began teaching in 1998 where I taught Year 7 & 8 at South New Brighton School in Christchurch. A wonderful start for me. When moving to Matakana in 2006, I began teaching Year 5 at Matakana Primary School. During this time I produced several School Productions and Performing Arts festivals, lead the Concert Choir as well as our annual “Matakana’s Got Talent” Gala day show. In 2012 I started teaching Music, Drama and Te Reo at the Mahurangi Montessori Unit and enjoyed this experience very much
Over the past 20 years I have taught full and part-time while raising 3 children and running a boutique wine import business with my husband. A nice complimentary addition to teaching!

I am a keen singer/ dancer and have always found a way to bring these two elements into the classroom whenever I can. I love gardening, theatre, watching movies and matching good food with beautiful wine.
I love the special character of Marian Catholic School. Our youngest son has had 3 very happy years here. I enjoy working with such a dedicated, hardworking team. I enjoy the moments we take to reflect and be thankful for what we have. Also to pray for family and friends in need.