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Ko Rangitoto te maunga e rū nei taku ngākau,
Ko Whangaparaoa te moana e mahea nei aku māharahara,
Nō Orewa ahau
E mihi ana ki ngā tohu o nehe, o Motu Kairangi e noho nei au
Ko Kyran Smith tōku ingoa
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa.
I moved to Wellington when I was 20 to go to Teachers College. I've never moved away because I love it here!
I began my education career working as an untrained teacher in a preschool. This was the job that inspired me to become a teacher. Once trained, I taught 5-6 year olds. To widen my experience I moved on to teach the middle year levels, then moved on to teaching the intermediate year level Year 7-8s. I taught in this area for ten years before becoming a Principal.
It is an absolute privilege to be the Principal of Kahurangi School, and I love the role! It's extremely rewarding to lead such a wonderful school community. With our teaching team and staff I work hard every day to ensure our tamariki are supported to be the very best they can be. Just like whānau, I want the best for the children.
When I'm not at school my family is a big part of my life. I also love good food, travel and the company of friends. My secret pleasure is a regular dose of reality TV. It's a fun way to decompress after a busy time at school.
Deputy Principal, Year 1-2 Teacher
Waka Rimu Rua
Teaching is a second career for me having previously worked as a nurse.
During my teaching career I have developed a particular passion for helping young children learn to read and alongside classroom teaching have been fortunate to train in Reading Recovery.
For the past few years I have further developed my career taking on a Leadership role as one of the Deputy Principals.
Originally from Dunedin, Wellington is now my home and I have lived in the Eastern suburbs for many years.
Outside of school family is my main priority, with two young adult daughters and the new addition of a Golden Retriever puppy.
Deputy Principal, Year 7-8 Teacher
Waka Rā Tahi
Tēnā koutou katoa. Ko Ruth tōku ingoa. I love being a part of the Eastern Suburbs Community and I love teaching! I believe knowledge gives power. I particularly enjoy the energy and uniqueness that each learner brings to our school. I have several years experience in education, the majority of this in the senior school. Hauora, equity and embracing diversity are extremely important to me. I strive to guide and support all learners to be proud and confident about who they are. Personally I am a huge animal lover, who enjoys spending time with my dog, being with my large family, cooking and eating, and watching too much T.V. Ngā mihi nui.
Year 0-1 Teacher
Waka Rimu Tahi
I grew up in a large farming family south of Nelson. Previous to teaching I worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I have 3 almost adult children and we have been fortunate to live in many places throughout NZ as well as Australia and the Middle East. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, tramping, kayaking, hockey and reading. I've been teaching at Kahurangi since 2015, after having specialised in junior school education and have a passion for early literacy and maths. I live locally and love the school community that we have.
Year 2 Teacher
Waka Rimu Toru
After studying Fine Arts, I worked in a kitchen and travelled and lived overseas before settling into my career as a teacher. Art is my passion, I believe in encouraging creativity in all areas of education and love incorporating visual arts into my everyday teaching. I am in my fifth year of teaching and in the third year of working in the junior school at Kahurangi. I strive for students to develop confident and positive attitudes towards learning. I feel proud to be supportive of and supported by the Kahurangi community.
Year 2-3 Teacher
Waka Rimu Whā
I came to teaching after working as a researcher studying the psychological development of infants/children. I became more interested in their social worlds and the importance of the relationships they have. As I am passionate about the Arts and te reo Māori I enjoy incorporating both into the classroom wherever I can. The community and cultural aspects of teaching are what I enjoy the most - I strive to build positive relationships with tamariki & their whānau and believe these are key to a positive, inclusive and successful experience at school.
Ahakoa he iti he pounamu - Although it is small it is a treasure.
Year 3 Teacher
Waka Rā Rua
A born and raised Wellingtonian, I began teaching at Kahurangi School in 2015 after a career in event management. What drew me to teaching was the ability to affect positive change in young people's lives. Within the classroom I am passionate about teaching sciences, visual arts and literacy. Outside the classroom I enjoy coaching basketball and touch rugby, as It gives me the chance to work with groups of children I don’t normally work with, and others who truly excel on the sports field. In the past two years I have trained and worked as a Reading Recovery teacher and taught part time in the classroom. It was a privilege to be able to work one on one with my Reading Recovery students and see them become confident, fluent readers. Back in the classroom full time this year, I am enjoying the opportunity to bring this skill set to my group of year 3’s, and hopefully affect some positive change.
Year 4 Teacher
Waka Pahī Tahi
Kia ora, I'm Erin. I was born and raised in Dunedin where I developed my passion for working with children, te reo Māori and the outdoors. I studied Māori and teaching at Otago University before moving to Wellington where I began teaching at Kahurangi school in 2019. I love to bring the world and the languages from our community into the classroom so that children can see themselves in their learning. I live locally and love our exciting community. I enjoy cooking, reading, biking and walking.
Year 4-5 Teacher
Waka Pūhara Tahi
The Eastern Suburbs is an area which I already know well and I look forward to becoming a greater part of the community here in Strathmore. My time spent as a teacher aide both inspired and influenced me as a teacher - it showed me the value of relationships and their capability to shape positive perceptions of school for students. I hope to help my students explore their own cultures and passions both inside and outside of the classroom. Many of my most memorable teachers growing up did this for me, and I hope to be able to do the same. I’m always up for Football, Basketball or Touch Rugby (or anything really) either at lunchtimes, before or after school, so don’t be afraid to ask me for a game!
Year 5 Teacher
Waka Pūhara Rua
After many years of junior teaching in a wide variety of educational settings; I came to Kahurangi in 2017. I feel happy to have landed in this place. I know we have our own taonga here in this school and its staff. For me, watching children blossom and grow and being a part of this process alongside whānau is what I treasure from this job. Outside of school you will find me watching my family sail; spending time on my favourite maunga and doing circles of Strathmore with my obstreperous dog.
Year 5-6 Teacher
Waka Pūhara Toru
I started teaching 16 years ago after careers in graphic design and libraries. I am a passionate greenie and promote kindness and care for Papatūānuku and her people in my teaching. I believe in fostering life-long reading habits amongst children and their parents. As an immigrant I believe in promoting the learning of languages as a vehicle for better understanding the multicultural world we live in. Personally I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, gardening, reading, camping, singing, jewellery making and my new hobby beekeeping.
Year 6-7 Teacher
Waka Rā Toru
Kia ora. I’m from Ireland and I have been living in New Zealand since 2019. I’m very excited to join the team here at Kahurangi. I’ve been teaching for 8 years in primary schools in Ireland, Australia and here in New Zealand. I am passionate about fostering meaningful relationships with students and helping them to reach their potential. I love keeping active in my spare time and I really enjoy playing with Wellington’s Gaelic Football team. I look forward to getting to know you and your whānau this year.
Year 7-8 Teacher
I've been a teacher now for 8 years and still really enjoy teaching young people. Some of my favourite things about teaching are outdoor games, reading a novel together and visual arts.
I'm a born and bred Wellingtonian so I am still strongly connected with many of my friends I went to school with. In my own time I love to travel, play hockey and socialise!
Prior to coming to Kahurangi I taught for four years in Whitby. I love the cultural diversity at Kahurangi school and the warm and welcoming ‘feel’ among staff and students. Teaching is an incredibly rewarding job because I get to develop strong relationships with my students, and help them to reach their full potential, both academically, socially, and emotionally. I have a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Sports Science, and my biggest passions in the classroom are all aspects of health, physical education, mathematics, science, te reo Māori, and teaching public speaking skills and self-confidence through drama. I also love to engage students in Reading and Writing through their own individual passions and interests.
Reading Recovery Teacher
After 20 years of classroom teaching, I was offered the opportunity to train for Reading Recovery. I work daily, one to one with six year old children to raise their level of both reading and writing by means of an individualised programme. I find my job challenging but also very rewarding to see the individual progress achieved. I have an adult family of four sons and one daughter, and four grandchildren. I enjoy watching sport, especially when family members are participating.
Kia ora, I'm Jackie. I have a background in government policy, marketing and teaching. Recently I made the decision to specialise in Reading Recovery in order to assist children who need literacy support. Reading is such a wonderful way for children to learn more about their world and imagine other places and ideas as well as bolstering their communication skills. It is lovely to be here amongst your Kahurangi community. I am looking forward to working with some of the younger children to build their confidence and love of reading. Thank you for making me feel welcome.
The recent years at Kahurangi School have been a satisfying and pleasurable part of my teaching career. As I live locally, I enjoy seeing children and whanau in the community as well as at school. Previously I have taught at several Wellington schools and kindergartens over a number of years. Children are our taonga and their well-being and learning has always been a priority for me, both in my teaching and in my personal life.
Kia ora, my name is Vangela Araboglos.
I am very excited about my part time role at Kahurangi and being part of a warm, caring community of children, parents and grandparents. I have been teaching for over 26 years and have a passion for getting the best out of each child. I particularly value creativity, building confidence in children and developing a love of literacy.
When I am not at school I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, long walks, gym workouts and family outings.
I have been Kahurangi's Office Manager since it was established in 2013. I worked at Westpac in an Administration role for many years, and was Office Manager at Miramar South School. I enjoy the bustle of the role and interacting with so many different people. No two days are the same. Juggling different jobs and different deadlines, then dropping everything to put a plaster on a skinned knee has taught me patience. I have a daughter at Otago University doing a Science Degree so that's my main interest at the moment. I like to garden and cook, and keep busy with family and friends. I'm interested in politics and history, and finding out about how things work. You should never stop learning!
Teacher Aide & Office Assistant
I am a Teacher Aide and Office Assistant at Kahurangi School. I enjoy working in partnership with our school team to support the learning and welfare of all our learners. I also enjoy using my administrative skills and experience to contribute to our office team. I am also the Staff Elected Representative on the Board of Trustees. I am inspired daily by my husband and three children. In my free time I "host". I love bringing people together and making memories, whether big or small or just a BBQ with the family in my backyard!
Born and bred in the Miramar Peninsula. I am half Samoan and half German. I have been employed at Kahurangi School since 2013 and have enjoyed watching the children grow up and go on to bigger and better things, including my daughter who also attended Kahurangi School until 2019 and loved it. The greatest part of working at our kura is creating a cherishable bond with tamariki who end up teaching me even more than I teach them.
I joined Kahurangi school in 2019 and I work specifically with our English Language Learning students. As a South African, I grew up appreciating many cultures and languages. I am part of a bilingual household and by raising my six and eight year old children as such, I feel I am truly able to identify with our bilingual tamariki. Prior to becoming an ELL teacher aide, I specialised in the legal field of drafting wills and trusts, but I have never felt more at home than here at Kahurangi School!
Tēnā koutou katoa. I am Leah Cooper the new counsellor for Kahurangi School. I have 15 years experience in mental health and wellbeing; working with young people, adolescents and adults. I provide talking therapy for families and students when things are feeling hard at school or at home. This can include but is not limited to; anxiety, worry, low mood, change and loss, anger and trauma. We can work together to problem solve, develop skills to manage hard feelings, identify strengths and values as well as to shift thinking to be more flexible and helpful in moving forward. I am at Kahurangi School two days per week. Referrals can be made through Kyran, your child’s classroom teacher or you can email me directly.
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