Kaye Brunton – Principal
I became principal of this wonderful little school at the end of 2014. In this time I have come to know the children, teachers and whanau and there is huge spirit and strong heart at this school. I only ever wanted to be a teacher, and over the years have deepened my knowledge of teaching and learning through various roles in schools, study to Masters level, teacher education and professional learning of teachers contracts. From all of this, I have come to believe strongly that what is really important for learning to happen, is the quality of the relationships we build with one another and the focus we have on our children; knowing them and their families well and together, providing the opportunities for them to develop a love of, and curiosity for, learning.
Melanie Clubley – Associate Principal
I strive to provide an inviting, engaging learning environment in which both children and adults feel comfortable and welcome. I love to learn and am passionate about inspiring others to do the same. I find working with our youngest children very rewarding and enjoy nurturing and developing their sense of wonder and supporting them as they commence their school journey. I particularly love science, maths and the arts and believe there is always room for music, singing and fun in our classrooms. My other passions include gardening, reading and being in nature. I love being surrounded by animals and live with a large number of them including dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens. I am looking forward to sharing these passions through Enviroschools. I have a degree in Social and Environmental Studies and Post Graduate Diplomas in both Primary Teaching and Early Childhood Education and am entering my tenth year of teaching after having previous careers in banking and engineering. I am very excited about joining the team at Ngāti Toa in 2018 and getting to know the staff, children and families at the school.
I feel extraordinarily lucky to teach here at Ngāti Toa School. It is a real privilege to be able to contribute to the understanding and success of the learners at Ngāti Toa School, to play a part in their journey towards achieving their goals and dreams.
I have taught full time for a number of years at all levels of primary school in the Porirua district and Titahi Bay where I live, as well as being involved in sports, youth work and running businesses. I am passionate about engaging children in learning and helping them to take ownership of their learning through an integrated approach. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching and enjoy the continued opportunities of learning I have with staff, students and families of Ngāti Toa School.
Ngā mihi mahana ki ngā whānau o Te Kura o Ngāti Toa.
I believe a significant part of my role as a teacher is to spark a lifelong journey and love of learning for all students. Learning includes knowing my students and whanau, what they love, and what motivates them. Building these positive relationships is the foundation for effective teaching and learning, preparing all students to meet their goals and dreams. I believe each student is a unique and precious taonga that is able. All aspects of a student’s hauora are integral to their success and enjoyment at school and in their greater life.
Nā Emma Stothart
I am passionate about the joy of learning. The more skills I learn and apply with understanding, the more meaningful are the choices in life that I experience. I enjoy educating, water sports including kayaking and white-water rafting, motorbike riding, writing, reading and the arts. Sharing my skills and knowledge is satisfaction in life for me. It’s all about the people, the environment and the community that we live in and how we contribute.
I am thrilled to be teaching in Whakawhetū in 2020. I was lucky enough to spend time in Kathryn Pierre’s room several years ago and have always had fond memories of the school and tamariki. I especially love art and books, so I hope that that enthusiasm will encourage tamariki to love learning too. I believe we all learn so much when we work collaboratively, so our class will be learning to talk about our ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build a sense of ourselves as a community of learners. I believe that a strong connection between home and school is so important and am always happy to have whānau come in or contact me, I look forward to getting to know the tamariki and whānau of Ngāti Toa School.
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Tarawera te maunga
Ko Rotorua te awa
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Hurungaterangi te hāpu
Ko Tamatekapua te tangata
Ko Dee Tingle tōku ingoa
No Porirua ahau
Kei Elsdon e noho ana
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
I am delighted and excited to bring my ECE and primary school teaching and learning experiences to Ngāti Toa School community for all ākonga. I am looking forward to being part of the school whānau and community by working in partnership and collaboration with tamariki and their whānau through building up warm ngā hononga (relationships). I deeply value education and I am passionate about uplifting the learning journey of our tamariki for success. He waka eke noa! Please don’t be whakamā (shy) to come and have kōrero with me.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou
I am so excited to join Ngāti Toa School teaching Hahana this year. I have a background in early childhood education in New Zealand, and recently returned from the United Kingdom where I taught in primary schools throughout London. Building positive relationships with each child, as well as their whānau and the communities they belong to is central to my teaching philosophy.I feel very lucky to be able to watch young children develop and grow each day. Having the opportunity to contribute to their learning journey is incredibly rewarding. I look forward to furthering my knowledge as a teacher alongside the Ngāti Toa school community as we engage in the concept of ako, and instil a love and passion for learning in the Ngāti Toa tamariki.