Sally Anne Rawson

Position: ESOL Teacher
Email: sallyr@freemansbay.school.nz

Areas of Leadership: TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Within School Leader

Sally leads the student council and through this work encourages our learners to make a difference in their school or community.  Sally is passionate about student voice and brings a learner led lens to her team. As part of her TeKāhui Ako o Waitematā Within School Leader role,  she is researching student agency and wellbeing and what we can do to improve this at Freemans Bay School. Sally is passionate about student voice and brings a learner led lens to her team.

Wendy Rowley

Position: Whānau Rau Literacy Support
Email: wendyr@freemansbay.school.nz

Wendy is a trained Reading Recovery teacher. She supports Whānau Rau children in small groups developing their literacy skills. She is also a trained teacher and on occasion has relieved in the juniors.

Suvarna Shawrikar

Position: Learning Assistant; ICT and AV Administrator Assistant
Email: suvarnas@freemansbay.school.nz

Suvarna is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children on specific programmes developed to support their needs.

Suvarna is also the ICT and AV Administrator Assistant working with Mehwish to support the effective use of digital technology to enhance teaching and learning across the school. She has a bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and is passionate about Mathematics.

Roberta (Bobby) Te Tana

Position: Whānau Ata - Kaikako
Email: bobbyt@freemansbay.school.nz

For the past 9 years Bobby has been working with families and their tamariki in the Early Start Project.

Prior to completing her Bachelor of Education she taught Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga and waiata Māori to a range of primary through to secondary mainstream schools in Ōtautahi.

On the completion she worked in Kura Kaupapa as Kaiarahi i te Reo.  She has also worked as a Te Reo Māori teacher in secondary and Intermediate settings.  Her passion is Te Reo me ōna tikanga and she is honored to be a part of Whānau Ata where te reo is the medium of instruction.

She was enrolled in Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa where she completed Levels 5, 6 and 7 Te Reo Māorii as well as completing a 3 year Diploma in Rāranga.

Dale Tifflin

Position: Librarian
Email: dalet@freemansbay.school.nz

Dale is our trained and experienced librarian from South Africa. She has a wealth of knowledge around books which she shares with our children and staff. She ensures that our children are able to explore, discover and borrow books which are stimulating and exciting from our great collection of fiction & non-fiction books, graphic novels, Maori books, dual language books and easy readers. Arranging and promoting book fairs, authors’ and illustrators’ visits and keeping abreast of new developments are responsibilities that she undertakes enthusiastically.

Catherine Tyrrell

Position: Reception - Administration
Phone: (09) 360 1572
Email: reception@freemansbay.school.nz

Catherine has a wealth of knowledge that she uses to make certain that the school office runs smoothly. She is also always on hand to help the children.

Esa Van Orsoy de Flines

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: esav@freemansbay.school.nz

Esa completed a Bachelor of Economic Logistics and started teaching in the Dutch army in the eighties before she came to live in New Zealand in 1999.  She is multi lingual and speaks Dutch, English, French and German.  In 2011 she became a Learning Assistant with special needs children, a worthy challenge that takes patience, thinking outside the box and planning ahead.  Helping children learn, encouraging them to be better finding out ways to make them understand is a great job!

Madison Welden

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: madisonw@freemansbay.school.nz

Madison is a part of the learning support team. She works with small groups and individual children on specific programmes developed to support their needs.

Margaret Whittaker

Position: Music Teacher
Email: margaretw@freemansbay.school.nz

Margaret is a specialist music teacher, who teaches all classes within the school. She organises the orchestra, choir and marimba groups. She also co-ordinates the specialist music teachers from outside the school who take individuals or small groups with a variety of instruments. Margaret is an experienced teacher with over 20 years experience in Primary schools around NZ.

Sharon Yap

Position: Learning Assistant
Email: sharony@freemansbay.school.nz

Sharon is part of the learning support team. She is also a fluent mandarin speaker and can be relied on to translate information to children and parents when needed.

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