Our PeopleStaff Profiles
Kia ora koutou, my name is Craig Pentecost. I have been a Principal for 8 years. I started as the new Principal of Omokoroa No.1 School at the beginning of Term 1, 2018. The opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of the students, staff, caregivers and the wider community at Omokoroa No.1 School excites me as an educational leader. I am a strong believer that by maintaining effective relationships, creating positive attitudes, and promoting community synergy, learning can be maximised across our learning community.
Year 0/1, Room 7
I believe in the inherent goodness of all children and aim to make their school experience a positive one; a place where they grow not only in learning but in self esteem and social graces. Teaching is my passion.
I also love reading, the outdoors, music and conversation! I have a husband, three grown boys, I am active in Dog Agility competitions and have been very lucky to have been teaching at Omokoroa No 1 for the last 17 years.
Year 7, Room 3
I have been involved with Omokoroa No.1 school and it’s amazing community for 20 years. I have taught at all levels throughout the school and I now teach in the Senior syndicate, Years 7 & 8. I am excited to work at this end of the school as our team is passionate, creative and totally invested in supporting our learners to achieve success in all areas. I enjoy offering the students in the Senior Syndicate a rich and diverse curriculum that caters for their different learning styles, their interests and skills. I am dedicated to creating and maintaining a positive classroom culture that upholds the values of the school as well as offering students the opportunities to take on more roles and responsibilities, preparing them for their college years and beyond. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and getting outside with our crazy dog!
Year 2/3, Room 9
In this time I have taught from New Entrants to Year 3.
I was given the opportunity to be the Reading Recovery teacher for three years and I really enjoyed working in the one to one situation. I am now back in a Year 2 class with an enthusiastic group of children who are keen to learn.
I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum but my particular loves are reading, art and I.C.T.
John Barthow (DP)
Year 2/3, Room 8
I have taught for many years and have been teaching at No 1 School for over 10 years. I really enjoy working with the junior children and leading the junior school. It is great to see the rapid progress that young children make in their learning. Every day is a new day with plenty of new learning opportunities. Importance is placed on building reading, writing and maths skills as well as encouraging children to show respect and courtesy within our classroom team. I like the children using a ‘have-a-go’ approach to everything, especially when using ICT devices.
Year 4, Room 10
I enjoy teaching most subjects, but especially mathematics and writing. I love teaching because every day is different. It is challenging because each child has different things they find difficult and I enjoy finding ways to help them understand. It is rewarding to see children achieve when they have worked hard at something. Also children are fun to be around!
Year 3/4, Room 11
I started teaching because I love working with children. I love the interesting ideas and energy they bring to class. I am the third generation of teachers in my family. I started teaching intermediate children, then, took a few years off travelling the world. Eventually I came to Omokoroa No.1 School. I have two children who both went to this fabulous school. I feel very privileged to be part of a very professional and talented staff. I work with Fiona Jackson in the Year 3 & 4 group.
Year 5, Room 14
My name is Sarah Jane Little and I am lucky enough to co-teach with Bobbie Bateman in Room 11. Room 11 kids are fabulous! We do so much learning and have big brains to fill, but we still have heaps of time for lots of art and games. At the moment my husband and I live at the Mt with our 3 rambunctious boys. We spend hours and hours at the beach riding waves and pouring over rock pools. I love fishing, growing veges and snow boarding too.
Room 10, Year 4
Hello my name is Jane Haden. Making children curious learners is my main aim. I believe they must develop a passion for life and learning. I take pride in the fact that I can be a part of their journey and hope that the children take a little something that can contribute to a successful and happy life.
Year 3, Room 6
After teaching many levels throughout the school, I am very excited to be back with a group of enthusiastic junior learners. I endeavour to build positive relationships with each child to enable them to be happy, confident, pro-active and risk taking learners. Primary school is a wonderful time for children to develop not only a passion for life-long learning but a strong sense of self and a respect for others that they need to take into the world.
Year 5, Room 4
Hi my name is Rob Maclaren and I have been teaching for a number of years in NZ. Before that I spent three years teaching English as a second language in Asia. I love teaching because every day is different and I continue to learn every day with my students. I believe that year 5/ 6 children are able to start taking charge of their own learning and are at the age where they are ready to be more independent and take more responsibility. I enjoy seeing their growth and development every day. My own interests are surfing, sailing, yoga and spending time with my own kids.
Year 8, Room 1
It is a privilege to teach in the Year 7 and 8 team at Omokoroa No.1 School. My goal is to prepare our Year 7 and 8 students for success in college and in life. I am also the School Sports Coordinator and I am passionate about ensuring sport and exercise play an integral role in our student’s lives. Outside of school, I like to pursue my passions in sport, surfing, cooking, and travel.
Year 5, Room 13
I enjoy teaching at Omokoroa No.1 School because it is a fabulous school to work in, with great students, families and staff. My favourite subjects are Art and English. I love art because I can see how creative the students can be, and reading because there are lots of great novels to study. The great thing about teaching the Year 8’s, is as it is their last year of school, they get to go to interesting camps and do a lot of exciting activities. Every term is always different and challenging.
Year 6, Room 5
As I have been teaching for many years I have taught in all levels. With this experience I understand and enjoy watching children grow in their learning and experiences of life. At present I teach Year 6 and lead the Year 5/6 syndicate. I encourage the children to be independent and inquiring learners using different ICT devices to help them. I love to be involved in Literacy activities as we gain so much knowledge from listening,reading and writing. I also lead the Enviro-monitor team, who continue to develop and care for our gardens, grounds and bush area. Each year we have overseas students visit who help to add to our school environment.
Year 8, Room 2
I am the leader of the Year 7 and 8 team. I love teaching the more diverse curriculum in this part of the school and have taught at this level for over ten years. The senior students are a pleasure to work with. As they reach this stage of their lives they are developing many capabilities and are always keen to take on extra responsibilities. While I enjoy teaching all subjects, I particularly enjoy teaching Mathematics, English and Social Science. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, reading and biking.
Digital Technology Specialist/ Classroom Teacher
I have been teaching at Omokoroa No.1 School part-time since 2010. I really enjoy watching student’s endless energy for learning.
My passion is Digital Technology and I have discovered how powerful it is for engaging motivation and excitement in children’s learning.
Over the past few years I have been developing the schools Digital Technology Curriculum and upskilling the children and the teachers so they become better 21st Century learners and are exposed to a range of different technologies.
Check out my blog to see some of the many exciting lessons the students have experienced.
Step, Stage and Sound
Each teacher from Year 1 to Year 6 has a classroom release entitlement, and during this time each class comes to the Multi Media Room, where throughout the year the children work together on a range of performing arts. I am also the choir trainer for our school choir. The school has performed for the last five years at either the Kids 4 Kids or the Tauranga Music Festival and are now a regular feature at the end of year prize giving concert.
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