Our Students


Ruma Tahi / Room 1

This class are the tuakana of our whanau. Their kaiako is Whaea Pohoira Clay (our awesome Assistant Principal) and their kaiawhina is the very talented Whaea Erica Waipara. When this photo was taken Ramari Clay, a student teacher from Te Whare Wānanga o Raukawa, was working with us in Ruma Tahi on a teaching practicum. Tuora Dobson Waitere was also working with Te Whanau o te Kakano as a kaiawhina. This is a tumeke class who do all sorts of interesting work. They work on, and achieve, many great things that make us proud of them. They are looked to to provide tautoko, role modelling and leadership across our kura and they do this very well.

Ruma Rua / Room 2

This class are our Year 1 to 3 tamariki/mokopuna. What a bright, happy and clever bunch they are. They are learning through, and by, te reo Māori. They also speak well in English. These wonderful ākonga are on the second language journey and that's very challenging mahi! Their families, and they, are kei runga noa atu koutou for taking up this challenge. Their kaiako is our wonderful Deputy Principal, Whaea Parani Te Moana- Foai and Whaea Paegan Edmonds-Topia is Room 2’s skilled kai awhina. At the time of this photo our great friend and colleague Whaea Nirvana Wineera, from Te Whare Wānanga o Raukawa, was with us completing her final teaching practicum in Ruma Rua prior to qualifying as a kaiako in 2019.

Ruma Toru / Room 3

This class are the ‘big kids’ at our school who learn through English medium (auraki). They are Year 6 to 8 students and they tautoko, role model and take on responsibilities across TBNS. They're leaders and achievers in our school who make us, so, proud of them. Their teacher is Whaea Tania Chapman (a proud 'Bay girl') who's a skilled and experienced senior primary practitioner. Tania serves on the Board of Trustees as the Staff Representative Trustee. Whaea Sue Molnar, a long serving staff member, knowledgeable person about the 'Bay' (having lived here all her life) works alongside Tania in the teaching and learning programme as does Karra Hanara. At the time of the photo being taken Matua Sean McCrudden (our 2018 VUW Master of Teaching and Learning programme student teacher - TBNS is his 'mentor' school) was undertaking his final practicum with Room 3. Sean passed with flying colours and is 'en route' to becoming a qualified teacher in 2019.

Ruma Wha / Room 4

This class are the 5 and 6 year olds in our English medium (auraki) team. They're a class of our ‘littlies’. They are a lively, lovely, happy and cute crew. They're learning many things and are so enthusiastic and keen! They have two teachers. Mrs Eve Law, our longest serving staff member, (and a well regarded/acknowledged expert in junior school teaching practice) and at the time of this photo Mrs Sarah Campbell was on our team as the teaching partner with Eve in Room 4. Mrs Campbell is leaving us for a role with the New Zealand School Trustees Association. Whaea Jude Pointon (a skilled Playcentre person) is the teaching assistant in Room 4.

Ruma Rima / Room 5

With roll growth this class is a new group in late 2018 and are the older Year 1 and 2's that have been 'promoted' from Room 4. They're doing lots of interesting work in Room 5 and are consolidating what they learnt as 'very, very' young 'school people'. They're lovely, kind, hard working ākonga who are 'forging ahead' in their learning and being bigger 'school kids'. Mrs Sarah Bruce is their lovely new teacher. Sarah graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2017 and has started her teaching career with us. Whaea Karra Hanara (an office lady, teacher aide and sports coach) helps Sarah and Ruma Rima in their morning programme.

Ruma Ono / Room 6

This is our auraki class of great Year 3, 4, 5, 6 boys and girls who are pretty ‘on to it’ in many areas of curriculum and school life. Mr Tim Brewer was their teacher (until mid 2018 - 'our' Tim has gone to China to teach in a new international school). Matua Sean Koch has taken over in Room 6. Sean graduated from Massey University this year and has started his teaching career with us. He's working very hard to do his best for Room 6. Matua Sean is ably assisted by Māmā Tammy Thomas (an experienced, skilled and long serving teacher aide who works across our kura on all manner of duties) and Whaea Rosie Saysell (a trained and registered ECE teacher). There’s a real ‘can do’ attitude in Room 6 and they're involved in all sorts of interesting mahi.