Years 3 & 4
Room 7 Teacher & Leader of Learning
Kia ora whānau, my name is Miss Suzanne D'Cruz.
Teaching our Marian Catholic School students has been my passion since I was welcomed into the whānau in 2018.
I thoroughly enjoy seeing the students I work alongside connect and get excited about their learning. I love the energy and love for learning that grows and builds when 'light-bulb' moments happen in our learning space.
I believe in making our learning environment a safe space where everyone feels that they belong. Our classroom will always be filled with love, laughter, fun, challenges and will be a space for you to grow and be YOURSELF.
At school, I love to read aloud to the tamariki, get them involved in the range of Arts and celebrate the successes we witness in our classroom.
In my downtime, I love to cook new recipes, curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book, and watch Disney movies!
A favourite quote to live by is:
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
So I believe it is very cool to be kind everyday.
Room 7a Teacher
I have taught at Marian Catholic School since 2020 and am currently teaching Year 3 and 4 students. Teaching excites me as I enjoy being a part of students' growth and progress, developing alongside them on their learning journey. I enjoy teaching all subjects, especially Mathematics and Physical Education. I believe in teaching the "hidden curriculum" where students develop the skills to become responsible, respectful, and valuable lifelong learners.
In my spare time, I like to play squash and netball. I enjoy tramping, taking my dog for a walk, and riding my motorcycle.
Room 8 Teacher
I have been teaching in Aotearoa since 2009. I began teaching in LC3 at Marian Catholic School in 2020 and have the honour of gaining a full-time position as of this year.
Throughout my 10 plus years of teaching, I have predominantly taught years 3-4, although as a relief teacher I taught new entrants up through the intermediate school.
My initial degree was in Anthropology. I have always been intrigued by the diversity of cultures in our world and in seeing things from different perspectives. This interest informs my practice as a teacher. I strive to teach acceptance, love and appreciation of all people. As a citizen of New Zealand and inhabitant of Aotearoa it is my responsibility to teach the tamariki about te ao Maaori to the best of my abilities. I include tikanga (“customs”) and te reo Maaori in my practice and try to familiarise the aakonga with the concept that we have a unique opportunity here in Aotearoa due to te Tiriti o Waitangi. We can all help to strengthen and uphold the Maaori worldview regardless of our origins.
Marian Catholic School provides a perfect place for the tamariki to grow both academically and socially. Our Charism to Live Christ through being his hands, voice and face in our world provides a strong foundation with which we can all learn and grow together in a safe and supportive environment.
Some things that take up my time outside of school are: bicycling long distances and track riding at the Avantidrome, Tai Chi, Shaolin Kung Fu, meditation, making electronic music, doing projects around the house and hanging out with my family.
Room 9 Teacher
Kia ora e te whānau,
I was welcomed into the Marian whānau in 2017 as a student-teacher, and straight away knew Marian was the place for me. Shortly after, I was blessed to join the junior community, where my exciting teaching journey began!
I pride myself in creating a safe and nurturing learning environment where my students build the courage to have a growth mindset and take risks in their learning. I love seeing students develop the confidence to explore their curiosities and wonderings, realising their incredible potential as learners. Every child has something so meaningful to offer, and I value the experiences each child brings to my ākomanga.
Being an avid organiser, I enjoy getting creative and often make new resources, decorate, and re-organise my classroom. I love creating an inspiring, exciting and fun space for my tamariki to learn in.
Outside of school, I can be found out on the lake on the boat, jet skis and spending time at the beautiful beaches in Aotearoa, Whangamata being my family holiday spot from a young age. I value quality time with loved ones and keeping active. I have a passion for learning new languages, Japanese and te Reo Māori being my current interests. I am eager to try new things and always ready for the challenge!
My passion and enthusiasm for teaching grow each day. I absolutely love what I do!
Room 10 Teacher
Kia ora koutou.
I have been teaching since 2009, mostly at Marian Catholic School. I am currently teaching Years 3 and 4. I am passionate about teaching and learning and love watching the children I work with get excited about learning and grow in confidence. I enjoy teaching all subjects but Mathematics and Art would be my favourites.
Teaching, three children and four pets keep me pretty busy but in my spare time I enjoy reading, creating, fitness and spending time with my family.
Room 11 Teacher
I am currently teaching a Year 3 / 4 class. I am very happy to be part of the Marian Catholic School family and community. My preference lies with teaching junior classes and I have taught a range of levels at this foundation phase of learning.
I find this age particularly rewarding and it’s exciting to watch them meet new challenges and progress along their learning journey. I enjoy their uninhibited sense of humour which adds to a happy classroom.
I encourage a “growth mindset” where resilience and risk taking is part of our learning. As Einstein says, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
My interests include reading, cycling, walking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.