LC1 & 2 Release Teacher
I’ve been privileged to be part of the Marian School family since 2010, teaching New Entrants to Year 4.
I hold a B.Ed. (Early Years). I chose this specific qualification as I love working with junior children. Having worked in the Early Childhood sector, I understand how children learn through play before their fifth birthday. My role is to ensure that children continue to grow and learn as they navigate the early years of their primary school journey.
I believe that teaching is about relationships, so I value children as individuals who embody a range of cultures, talents, interests and learning styles. Developing and maintaining respectful, positive relationships is paramount. I strive to promote a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that celebrates diversity.
I love seeing happy smiling faces come through the door every morning!
I am married to Basil and have 3 adult sons whom I am extremely proud of. I enjoy cooking, gardening and reading. My favourite colour is yellow, which makes me happy and fills me with energy and optimism.
LC3 Release Teacher
I am privileged to be a Release Teacher at Marian Catholic School. I have many years of experience working in all the areas of the primary school sector. I relish being able to work with a wide range of students.
I have 3 adult sons. When I am not at school I enjoy gardening, baking, reading and walking.
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.
Room 14 Teacher
Kia ora te whanau, my name is Judi and I’ve been teaching Part-time at Marian School for the past 5 years. I enjoy teaching at any level, from juniors through to our year ⅞ students. Currently, I am teaching Yr5 & 6 in Room 14.
I love working with young people, learning together and having fun.
I am passionate about Literacy, Social Science and Performance Arts. I’m an active member of the Hamilton Operatic Society, and I love to create opportunities for our students at Marian to perform through our Marian Singers Choir, our Senior Solo Singing Competiton, the regional ‘Kids for Kids’ choir concert and fundraising concerts for our Caritas Charity.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach, gardening, going to live theatre, watching movies and spending time with my husband and 3 teenagers.
I love the special character of Marian Catholic School, and working alongside such a dedicated, hardworking team.
Room 14 Teacher
Having been a Marian parent for 8 years, I feel blessed to still be a part of this lovely community through now teaching here. I have taught in New Zealand and England at a variety of Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. I am particularly passionate about teaching Physical Education, allowing students to be creative and express themselves through Art, and offering students opportunities to develop their leadership skills.
Outside of the classroom, my family and I love to get active in the great outdoors as much as possible, including tramping, mountain biking and exploring new places.