Kia ora koutou, Greetings
Welcome to Te Uku School. Our school vision is " Expanding Hearts and Minds - Whakawhanake i te Ngakau i te Hinengaro".
I am delighted to be the Tumuaki of Te Uku School.
I am married to Stephen, and have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. I live in Hamilton, but will be moving to Raglan early 2023. I am excited to be part of the community.
We are a vibrant rural school situated 5 minutes from Raglan. Our staff are caring, dedicated educational professionals who provide a quality, wide range of learning opportunities.
Our school works collaboratively together in our well-resourced Innovative Learning Environments. We are part of a strong, supportive and caring community. There will be many opportunities where you will be able to engage in your students learning and school life.
Teacher of Junior School
Kia ora families of Te Uku! My name is Cynthia Lickfold and I started teaching here in Term 3 of 2020. In 2023 I am proud to be teaching in the Junior Discovery, working with an awesome group of Year 3s. Prior to this year I have been in the Middle Discovery with the Year 4, 5 and 6s.
I enjoy sharing my passions for literacy, science, physical education and the arts with my learners. I love seeing children discover their own passions and helping them develop their skills and interests.
My husband Carl and I live in Hamilton and outside of school I love to dance, play sport and read.
I look forward to meeting all our new families and students and welcoming them to Te Uku!
Currently on Parental Leave
Junior Teacher Y1/2
Kia ora koutou
My Name is Chantal Behr and I am thrilled to be a part of a school that inspired my teaching career, and also supported my daughter through her primary school days. I completed my Early Childhood Degree and then went on to do my Graduate Diploma of Primary at the University of Waikato.
My passion is finding out what works for each student's unique learning and how to support them to reach their full potential as a learner.
When I am not teaching I enjoy walking along the beach, swimming and spending time with my family.
Teacher of Juniors
Kia ora koutou!
My name is Charlotte Hablous and I am very excited about joining the Te Uku School teaching team in the Junior Discovery. I have been living in Raglan for just over six years with my husband Nick. We have three beautiful children, Louie, Isla and Taylor and really enjoy the wonderful lifestyle that Raglan offers. We spend a lot of our time at the beach or in our native bush. My husband and I love the outdoors and adventure, we try to get out and about with our children as often as we can.
I have been teaching for twelve years and love nothing more than being in the classroom with my students. Seeing children become confident, empowered learners with a growth mindset brings me so much joy. During my career as a teacher, I have taken a keen interest in developing target programmes for students to boost academic achievement in writing and mathematics. I have experience writing individual, class-wide, and school wide programmes specifically focused on plugging the ‘gaps’ students may have in their learning.
I am looking forward to working closely with our tamariki and Te Uku School whanāu.
Deputy Principal and Teacher of Years 7 and 8
Kia Ora koutou, My name is Semonne Hogg. I have been with Te Uku School for four years now. I believe in ensuring, through teaching and learning, that our children today gain a love of learning that leads them to be succossful in all aspects of their lives. I am a strong advocate for learning outside the classroom - it is relevant, engaging and provides many opportunities for children.
I have been teaching intermediate level in full rural primary schools for over 15 years and it is still my passion to help children to succeed.
I grew up travelling around New Zealand and have spent some of my early years in England, training and teaching in early childhood. I adore the country lifestyle, how country kids think, play and engage with each other.
Teacher of Years 7 and 8 technology
Kia ora koutou.
I live locally and have been teaching in different roles at Te Uku School for many years. I have been responsible for the Year 7/8 technology programme since 2004. Our school offers on-site senior technology classes. The Year 7/8 technology programme covers food technology and a variety of design projects using different materials.
This year I am teaching senior technology on Wednesdays. On Tuesdays I am in other classes, releasing classroom teachers.
I enjoy the variation and challenge of my part-time role, and it is great to have the opportunity to teach all age levels at Te Uku School.
I have a particular interest in hands-on learning, especially through the integration of art and technology into the other curriculum areas.
I firmly believe all learners need experiences where they can use the power of imagination and wonder. I encourage students to think creatively, outside the box. It is also important to me for our learners to appreciate and understand the world they live in, developing lifelong skills while expanding their hearts and minds.
Teacher Middle Y4/5
Tēnā Koe, ko Reece toku ingoa, ko Takitimu te waka, ko Karangahake te maunga, ko Ohinemuri te awa, no Waihi ahau, kei Kirikiriroa ahau e noho ana inaianei.
Kia ora Te Uku whanau, my name is Reece Kennedy. I completed my Teaching Degree at the University of Waikato, and I am very excited and privileged to undertake my teaching position as the Year ⅘ teacher for 2023.
I am extremely passionate about a variety of sports, and have a wide range of hobbies and interests including history, music and travel.
I will create a very open and inclusive classroom, not only for my students but their whanau and caregivers too. I am very excited to be a part of this school and can not wait to meet you all!
Middle Teacher Y6
Tēnā koutou katoa,
My name is Lucy Adamson. Originally from Scotland, I graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1997. I have taught in schools both in Scotland and New Zealand. I have been living in Raglan for the past six years now with my family and have enjoyed being part of the community and the lifestyle it has to offer.
I provide my students with an environment where they are safe and supported. Through shared learning intentions, goal setting and feedback/feed-forward, I work with students and support them to be risk takers and to challenge themselves within an inclusive classroom context.
Ngā mihi nui
Teacher Year 3
I have been teaching part-time at Te Uku School since the beginning of 2022. I love teaching and being on the teaching team at this neat school.
I have taught all year levels at a range of primary schools in New Zealand and all year levels in my recent teaching experience at Hamilton Boys' High School. In addition, I have taught in Australia, Africa, and India, and was a guest lecturer in Story Drama at Waikato University school of education for a number of years.
I am married to Val and we have three daughters and eight grandchildren. I enjoy cafes in Raglan, walking, swimming, reading and writing.
Teacher Ruma 7
Kia ora e te whānau,
My name is Mary-Rose and I am excited to be joining the Senior Discovery this year!
I grew up in Whangārei and moved down to Hamilton in 2020 to start my teaching degree at Waikato University and graduated last year. I aim to create a safe and inclusive environment where my students are encouraged to challenge themselves and their learning.
I am extremely passionate about the arts, such as visual art and dance, science, and maths. In my free time I love to read and paint and visit my whānau back home as much as I can.
Junior Teacher Year 1
Kia ora e te whānau,
My name is Sarah King, and I am so excited to be joining the Te Uku School team. I am thrilled to say that I will be teaching our group of New Entrants and welcoming them into the school as newbies together.
I have taught in schools in both Auckland and Hamilton, as well as gaining experience in Early Childhood Education. Through this I have been able to build an understanding of where our youngest learners have come from, and where they are moving towards as they grow their hearts and minds.
I value creating a safe, open and warm environment in my classroom where students can feel a sense of belonging. I enjoy helping them grow their passions and life-long learning skills/ experiences in a fun, creative and inclusive way. Being able to watch our tamariki explore new ideas and gain confidence in their abilities is an absolute joy as a teacher.
I live in Kirikiriroa with my wife Kate and our two cats. I enjoy getting outdoors with friends and family, playing tennis, reading, and have a passion for the Arts.