Principal's Greeting

Principal's Greeting

Kia ora, talofa lava, malo e leilei and namaste!

DENYSE HEALY

Denyse Healy, Principal
of Blenheim School
since 2015.

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 Kia ora e te whānau.

Ko Tararura te maunga
Ko Rangitikei te awa
Ko Ngāti Kotimana te iwi
Nō Wairarapa ahau
Ko au te tumuaki o te kura nei.
Ngā mihi i runga i tā mātou whakataukī ārahi “Whaia te iti kahuarangi ki te tuohu koe, me maunga teitei.”
Ko Denyse Healy ahau
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

​Providing opportunities in which students can grow as learners and develop a love of learning is important to me. Our motto of GRIT is all about developing students' dispositions and building tenacity. Our school whakatauki encourages students to set goals and be persistent, not letting obstacles stop them from reaching their goals.

We believe having high expectations of our tamariki, and ensuring they are supported to succeed, is crucial in their learning. It is important that all tamariki have a sense of belonging and feel that their culture is valued.

If you are looking for a school in Blenehim for your child, I encourage you to come and visit our kura. You will see the love of learning the students have and the wonderful supportive whānau environment we create.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child(ren) to the Blenheim School family/whānau of talented staff, dedicated teachers, and happy, motivated students.

Please feel free anytime to make an appointment to see me to discuss your child's education. After all, we're partners in developing the good habits that set them up for a lifetime of learning.

Ngā mihi.
 

DENYSE HEALY, PRINCIPAL

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Blenheim School Teaching Staff Pepeha

I have a passion for lifelong learning which encompasses geography, problem solving, cultural diversity and the amazing natural world we live in. In my spare time I also love to travel, dance the night away and read.Tēnā koutou katoa

I whānau mai au i Guildford, England

I tipu ake au ki Methven

Ko Opuke te maunga te rū nei taku ngākau

Ko Rakaia te awa e mahea nei aku māharahara

Ko Waiharakeke taku kainga ināianei 

Ko Sarah Tullett tōku ingoa

Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa


Being part of a child's first steps into primary school education is a privilege. I love watching them discover more about themselves and develop early knowledge and skills, and seeing their excitement for life and learning. I recognise the importance of working together in partnership with whānau and our community so that all our tamariki are happy, confident and successful learners.

SARAH TULLETT YEARS 0-1 KĀKANO

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E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi o te motu, tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Maungatua te maunga
Ko Mata-au te awa
Ko Petra Kristel Carruthers tōku ingoa
I whānau mai au i Hōrana
I tipu ake au i Ōtākou.
Nō reira, e rere atu ōku kupu mihi ki a koutou. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

I have a passion for lifelong learning which encompasses geography, problem solving, cultural diversity and the amazing natural world we live in. In my spare time I also love to travel, dance and read.

PETRA CARRUTHERS YEARS 2 & 3 KORU

ANARU NORTON YEARS 3 & 4 RITO

I have a passion for lifelong learning which encompasses geography, problem solving, cultural diversity and the amazing natural world we live in. In my spare time I also love to travel, dance the night away and readTe manu e kai ana te miro, nōna te ngahere; te manu e kai ana te mātauranga nōna te ao.

Ko Tapuae-o-Uenuku te maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Ko Kurahaupō te waka
Ko Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia me Ngāti Apa ki te rā tō ngā iwi.
Tihei mauri ora!

"He kai kei āku ringa." There is food at the end of my hands. This whakataukī signifies empowerment, tenacity and hope. It refers to one's ability to use the skills and resources they have to create success. We as teachers play a major role in giving our learners the skills and resources they need to grow and become successful. Growing student awareness and passion for te reo Māori me ngā tikanga and maths is a strong desire.

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NICOLA POSWILLO KĀKANO (THURSDAY), KORU (FRIDAY)

Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Tapuae-o-uenuku te maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Ko Waiharakeke ahau
Ko Nicola Poswillo (Poz) tōku ingoa.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.


I love providing fun opportunities for children to discover and learn about their world. I love living off the land, growing meat, fruit and vegetables. I love travelling and the outdoors, especially walking and mountain biking in the Wither Hills.

GILL CAUGHEY READING RECOVERY, PE, HEALTH

I have a passion for lifelong learning which encompasses geography, problem solving, cultural diversity and the amazing natural world we live in. In my spare time I also love to travel, dance the night away and read.Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Maungakiekie te maunga

Ko Manukau te moana

Ko Waiharakeke te kura

Ko Caughey toku whanau

Ko Gillian Caughey tōku ingoa.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

It is a privilege to be in a job where I can provide opportunities for children to grow and develop into their own characters, helping them learn their strengths and discover what they are capable of. I am passionate about catering to all children’s needs, focusing on their strengths and interests.

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LOUISA LINTERMAN YEARS 5-6 HARAKEKE (THURSDAY)

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Wikitōria te maunga
Ko Waimakariri te awa
Ko Randolph te waka
Ko ngāti Ingarangi me ngāti Hamani me ngāti Aerana ōku iwi
Ko Freeman tōku hapu
Nō Ōtautahi ahau kei Waiharakeke ahau e noho ana.
Ko Louisa tōku ingoa.
Nō reira, maanaaki whenua, manaaki tāngata, haere whakamua. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

 

When you learn, you grow. As a teacher, I am privileged to help my students to grow as learners. There are lots of ways to learn. Read a book. Listen to people. Learn a new waiata. Show tenacity. Respect others. Our community is a huge classroom and we are all learners.

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KELLYANN THORSTENSEN YEAR 5-6 HARAKEKE

Mālō lava le soifua.

O le mauga o Tapuae-o-Uenuku

O le vai o Wairau

O te nofo i Blenheim i Niu Sila

O lo'u igoa o Kellyann Thorstensen

 

O fānau a manu e fafaga i fugālā'au 'ae 'o fānau a tagata e fagata i 'upu. The offspring of birds are fed with nectar, but the children of men are nurtured with words.

 

It is my great sense of pride in my Samoan heritage that motivates me to promote my love of diversity and culture within my classroom and school environment. As a teacher, there is an importance in acknowledging students as being at the heart of everything we say and do and I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity to grow the minds of our future generations. Like you, I want our children to be the most amazing individuals they can be. Our students deserve the very best education: equity, excellence, and belonging.

 

Blenheim School Support Staff (hover over photo for pepeha)

KIM

TEACHER AIDE

I am a Teacher Aide in Kākano. I really love working with the new-entrant children. When I’m not at work, I enjoy knitting, reading, investigating my family history and having family time.

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Ko Whitireia te maunga e
rū nei taku ngākau
Whakawhiti atu i te moana o Raukawa ki Waiharaheke
Ko Omaka te awa e mahea nei aku māharahara
Ko Kim Sabiston tōku ingoa
Nō Tītahi Bay ahau erangi,
kei Waiharakeke au e noho
ana ināianei
.

 

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa.

KIM'S PEPEHA

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RACHEL

TEACHER AIDE

Being a Teacher Aide at Blenheim School is immensely rewarding, as I see so much progress and development in our tamariki's accomplishments. I especially enjoy language and literacy programmes with a diverse group of students.

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Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa.

RACHEL'S PEPEHA

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MARY

OFFICE MANAGER

Along with being Office Manager at Blenheim School, I am a rural firefighter and team leader. I love both of my jobs, as every day is different and I enjoy the interaction I have at school with family, friends and whānau.

Ko Fishtail te maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Ko Mary tōku ingoa
I tipu ake au i Kaikōura erangi,
kei Waiharakeke au e
noho ana ināianei.

 

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa.

MARY'S PEPEHA

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ROBYN

TEACHER AIDE & LIBRARIAN

I am enthusiastic about helping each individual learner to learn while having fun. Reading is important and I love hearing the students talk about what they have discovered  from reading. We are all learners and learn something new every day.

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I whānau mai au,
i tipu ake au i te taha
o te awa o Wairau.
I raro i te maru o ngā puke
o Wither Hills.
Ko Waiharakeke tōku kāinga
Ko Robyn O’Hara tōku ingoa
.

 

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa.

ROBYN'S PEPEHA

NICOLE

FAMILY LIAISON & TEACHER AIDE

Ko Maungakiekie rāua ko Rainier ngā maunga
Ko Waitematā rāua ko Salish
ngā moana
Ko Taylor rāua ko Columbia
ngā awa
Ko Elwha te waka
Ko Lummi rāua ko Haida ngā iwi
Nō Auckland ahau me Friday Harbor, erangi kei Waiharakeke au e noho ana ināianei.

 

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa.

NICOLE'S PEPEHA

I'm the school's Family Liaison
and a Teacher Aide. I like to encourage self-reliance in our tamariki by supporting them to do for themselves everything that they can. My pepeha reflects my family's dual nationality.

TRACY

ENVIROSCHOOLS & EDIBLE GARDEN

Ko Pukeamoamo tōku maunga
Ko Ōhau tōku awa
Ko Tracy tōku ingoa
Nō Taitoko ahau erangi, kei Waiharakeke au e noho ana ināianei.


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Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa.

TRACY'S PEPEHA

I enjoy working with the students, supporting them to achieve in and out of the classroom. I am passionate about the environment. I love teaching about our environment and how we can continually improve and care for it.