Marian Catholic School

(07) 856 7515 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

Learning Community 4 (LC4)

Years 5 & 6

Caitlin Oakes
Role

Room 12 Teacher

Email

coakes@marian.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora,

My name is Caitlin Oakes, and I began teaching at Marian Catholic School in 2020. I have been passionate about teaching from a young age, as it has been a dream for me to guide students to reach their true potential. I enjoy creating a positive classroom environment that is fun and inviting to ensure all students have a sense of belonging.

I believe it is important for learning to be purposeful and enjoyable so that the students understand the reasoning behind the work that they are doing. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, going to the gym, running and reading.

Amanda Luke
Role

Room 13 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.

Judi Clark
Role

Room 14 Teacher

Email

jclark@marian.school.nz

General Information

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.

Belinda Kane
Role

Room 14 Teacher

Email

bkane@marian.school.nz

General Information

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.

Jenna Lord
Role

Room 15 Teacher

Email

jlord@marian.school.nz

General Information

Kia Ora,
My name is Jenna Lord, and I began teaching at Marian Catholic School in 2019.
I feel very blessed to be teaching at this school as I attended as a student throughout my primary and intermediate years. I studied teaching at Waikato University and then moved to Auckland, where I taught at a Catholic school for 3 years.

I am incredibly passionate about teaching and find so much joy in supporting students throughout their learning journey. I believe in creating a positive classroom environment where students feel excited about their learning and can achieve their personal best.

When I’m not in the classroom, I can often be found hiking some of the beautiful tracks in our native bush or spending time with my friends and family. I love travelling, playing netball and learning new languages. I have been studying Japanese since I visited the country in 2019 for the Rugby World Cup.

Shyla Goundar
Role

Room 16 Teacher

General Information

Bula Vinaka, Namaste and Kia Ora,  

I am passionate about teaching, and I believe that children come with their own kete of knowledge. Within this kete are beliefs, values and rich life experiences that make their individual identity.

As a Kaiako, I strive to enable my students to embrace their experiences, backgrounds and skills, using them to help build and further fill their kete. This helps to strengthen their identity as not only learners but internationally-minded citizens who strive to reach their highest potential.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, going on walks, reading and spending time with my friends and whānau. 

Maria Maarhuis
Role

Room 19 Teacher & Leader of Learning

Email

mmaarhuis@marian.school.nz

General Information

I am the Leader of Learning of Learning Community 4 (LC4) and teach Year 5 & 6 students in Room 19. Working alongside students, supporting them in their learning and helping them to achieve their very best is something I am passionate about. I work alongside a great team of teachers who are passionate about what they do and who inspire me in my own teaching.

My connections to Marian Catholic School extend back long ago to when my grandfathers attended Marist. I am also a past pupil and now feel privileged to both teach here and have my own children attend the school.

Outside of school, I enjoy keeping fit by running and walking and being caught up in a good book! Catching up with family and friends is also something I love to do.