Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Learning Community 1 (LC1)

New Entrants & Year 1

Nicki Whyte
Role

Room 3 Classroom Teacher & DRS

Email

nwhyte@marian.school.nz

Christine des Forges
Role

Room 1 Teacher

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.

Hine Blair
Role

Classroom Teacher Maternity Leave

Email

hblair@marian.school.nz

Feana Tuakoi
Role

Room 4 Classroom 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 Classroom 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.

Melanie Martin
Role

Room 5 Classroom Teacher

Email

mmartin@marian.school.nz

Tess Johnson
Role

Room 2 Classroom Teacher

Delwyn McNamara
Role

Room 1 Classroom Teacher