The Middle School is a time of transition to independent learning. Our children are encouraged to think, ask questions and explore possibilities at this stage, understanding that they can be teachers as well as learners. We use Thinker’s Keys at this level, which helps our children develop their creativity and thinking skills.
We encourage parents, with children in Middle School to help them take responsibility for their learning in class and at home. Enthuse curiosity by helping them ask questions and to create projects for themselves. Ask them to explain what they are learning to you, including their next steps and long-term goals.
Along with extending our children’s learning, the Middle Team cares about them reaching their potential in all areas. The School Values, teamwork and acceptance of others are of equal importance to us because we want our children to grow up to be happy, healthy and positive members of society.
From left: Lee Stewart (Team Leader), Trixie Gan, Antonette Botha, Ruth Clarke, Scott Woodmass, Matt Ingham, Christian Clark.
Lee Stewart (Team Leader)- Room 23, Year 3
Hello everyone, my name is Lee Stewart and I am the year 3 teacher in Room 23. It feels great to be back at Manurewa West after two years back home in Canada. I am passionate about education and believe that in order for a child to succeed they must feel happy and safe within the classroom. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family, being outdoors and traveling the world.
Scott Woodmass – Room 9, Year 3
Tena koutou katoa, my name is Scott Woodmass. I am a year 3 teacher in Room 9. I am new to Manurewa West Primary School this year and look forward to baing a part of Room 9 and the Manurewa West whanau. I have a lovely class – please feel welcome to come in and meet me.
Trixie Gan – Room 24, Year 3/4
Kia Ora my name is Trixie Gan and I teach in Room 24 with a beautiful class of Year 3/4 students. I am looking forward to teaching our Middle School Maori Enrichment for its second year. I believe that every child must be treasured for who they are and I will endeavour to provide each child with skills to allow them to grow and become very special individuals. When I am away from school I love spending time with my family and 3 beautiful children. I enjoy cooking and listening to music. I also love anything to do with sports. I have an open door policy for our room, so for any concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see me – about anything at all.
Christian Clark – Room 16, Year 4
Greetings. I am very pleased to be teaching year 4 again in the middle school team. I look forward to having another positive, rewarding year and building on the happy experiences I’ve already had at Manurewa West Primary School. Please feel welcome to talk with me about any concerns you might have.
Ruth Clarke – Room 14, Year 3
Hi there! I’m Ruth Clarke. I joined the Manurewa West family in Term 2 this year. I trained at the University of Waikato and am enjoying my first full-time teaching position. i believe in making the classroom a safe and creative place for tamariki to develop new skills. I also understand how important family is to my students and encourage you to check in on your child’s learning. Please feel free to drop in to Room 14 before or after school to talk about all of the exciting things happening in class.
Matt Ingham – Room 20, Year 3/4
Hello! My name is Matthew Ingham and I am the teacher in Room 20. This is my first New Zealand teaching position, but I have been teaching for many years in the UK and around the world.
Wherever I have taught, I have always found that children want to be successful, they want to know that their ideas are valuable and to feel safe expressing them. Because of this, my classroom is a very supportive and welcoming place. Children are encouraged to express themselves, to listen to each other respectfully and to celebrate each others successes. I also believe that reading is the most important skill we can teach children, so exciting stories that stimulate imagination are a vital part of my students education. Outside of school I enjoy many activities, especially as I explore your beautiful country, but I am currently spending most of my free time training in Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art.
Antonette Botha – Room 25, Year 4
Hi there! I am so excited to be part of Manurewa West’s Middle School team. I am fresh off the boat from South Africa, having arrived in New Zealand in April 2018. I really enjoy spending time with the wonderful Room 25 every day. Our daily focus is on the main curriculum areas of Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, as well as the lesser known (but equally important) areas of having fun and making learning interesting. My purpose is to nurture and challenge my students every day to be the best possible version of themselves. I believe in having a comfortable and familiar daily routine to make all students feel safe and cared for. On the weekends I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and exploring beautiful New Zealand.