Kōtuitui

Kōtuitui

Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako

Waitakere, Auckland

Lifting aspirations and raising educational achievement for every learner in our community

A collaborative relationship between twelve local schools creating a learning community.

Our community is located on the edge of the Waitakere Ranges, with much of its hinterland being native bush reserve which flows down to Auckland's west coast beaches and Manukau Harbour. On our eastern boundary we connect with the rapidly growing and vibrant urban area of New Lynn.

The majority of our students come from the suburbs of Titirangi, Green Bay and Glen Eden, the semi-rural and bush reserve areas of Laingholm and Huia, and the fringe of New Lynn. Consequently our community reflects the wide range of demographic and socio-economic diversity that is one of the defining characteristics of Auckland.

A Community of People Like You

Reaching 7,052 students, our community drives forward learning delivering results for students, parents and teachers alike.

Your in school team at

Arahoe

Katherine Pringle

iCoL & Te Kohanga Lead Teacher

Megan Connolly

iCoL & Year 5,6 Teacher

Pia Harre

iCoL & Unique Learning Needs Coordinator

Trish O'Connell

iCoL & Unique Learning Needs Coordinator

Your in school team at

Fruitvale

D'arcy Norton

iCoL

Erin France

iCoL

Hine Viskovich

aCoL & Deputy Principal

Your in school team at

Glen Eden Intermediate

Amy Russell

iCoL & Learning Suport Coordinator

Annet Woolford

iCoL & Maths Curriculum Leader

Michelle Abbasi

aCoL & Deputy Principal

Mike Chatfield

aCoL & Year 7,8 Teacher

Pam Hooper-Corbett

iCoL & Literacy Specialist Teacher

Paula McKean

iCoL & Year 7,8 Teacher

Sara Badawi

iCoL & Learning Support Coordinator

Your in school team at

Green Bay High

Caroline Andrew

aCoL & Teaching as Inquiry, Science and Maths Teacher

Catrin Hughes

iCoL & Joining both ends of the pathway

Edd James

iCoL & Physcial Education Teacher

Hannah Hopkins

iCoL & HOD Social Sciences

Jo Orr

aCoL & Professional Inquiry Coordinator, English Teacher

Jonny Hilditch

iCoL & English Teacher

Rogan James

iCoL & Head of Visual Arts

Nirtike Niranjan

iCoL & Assistant HOD Technology

Sam Knowles

iCoL & Yr 13 Dean, Maths Teacher

Stefan Dale

Kotuitui Lead & Deputy Principal

Zev Fishman

iCoL & Science Teacher

Your in school team at

Green Bay Primary

Cheryl McElroy

iCoL & Associate Principal

Lorraine Sauvarin

iCoL & Whanau Leader

Wayne Southgate

iCoL & SENCO, Whanau Leader

Your in school team at

Kaurilands Primary

Abby Skeen

iCoL & Maths Curriculum Leader

Catriona Pianina

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Erin Namajuska

aCoL & Deputy Principal

Kim Williams

iCoL & Te Kahui Leader

Rebecca Barrett

iCoL & Literacy Curriculum Leader

Your in school team at

Konini Primary

Charlotte Nola

iCoL & Year 1 Team Leader

Lisa O'Malley

iCoL & Yr 5,6 Teacher

Your in school team at

Laingholm Primary

Helen Auty

iCoL

Your in school team at

New Lynn

Jess O'Sullivan

iCoL & Junior School Teacher

Jo-Anna Crosby

iCoL & Literacy Specialist Teacher

Linda May Grant

iCoL & Junior School Teacher

Your in school team at

Oaklynn Special School

Anna Boikov

iCoL

Bobbie Chadderton

iCoL

Marta Morton

iCoL

Naomi Laycock

aCoL

Your in school team at

Titirangi Primary

Lisa Sparey

iCoL & Yr 5,6 Teacher

Robyn Cochrane

iCoL & Yr 2 Teacher

Your in school team at

Woodlands Park

Micah Haughton

iCoL & Yr 5,6 Teacher

Michelle Andrews

ICoL & Yr 1 Teacher

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Your Across School Team

Meet the team you’ll be seeing a lot more of as part of the Kōtuitui Community of Learning

Stefan Dale

It has been exciting to see Kotuitui build purposeful, inquiry driven relationships between the schools in our community. I can't wait to see the impact of Kotuitui's work to improve student and whanau experiences through ECE transition, investigate student well being, provide support at transition points between schools and provide stability for students with additional needs. Connecting our teachers, connects our schools and connects our work to our community.

Stefan Dale

Deputy Principal at Green Bay High School
stefan.dale@greenbayhigh.school.nz

Erin Namajuska

Kia Ora! I am excited and privileged to be joining the Across School Leaders of Kōtuitui this year. I look forward to working with and learning alongside all schools in our community of learning and watching us grow from strength to strength.

Erin Namajuska

Deputy Principal at Kaurilands School
erinn@kaurilands.school.nz

Caroline Andrew

Tēnā koutou and Kia Orana. It is an honour to be serving our community as an Across School Leader. Jo Orr and I are working towards strengthening relationships focussed on wellbeing and learning between all schools in our Kāhui Ako. The opportunity to explore and foster a shared understanding of wellbeing across Kōtuitui through collaborative inquiry is an absolute privledge.

Caroline Andrew

Teacher at Green Bay High School
caroline.andrew@greenbayhigh.school.nz

Mike Chatfield

Tēnā koutou katoa. Having been in the Across School Team for 4 years, I have been able to see our community connections strengthen while working extensivley with leaders from all our schools. The dedication and passion that is expressed by our Kāhui Ako members is amzaing. I look forward to working further with our community members on their research inquiries within the four Kōtuitui workstreams of Wellbeing, Academic Progression, Learning Support (Additional Learning) and ECE & Transition Through Schooling.

Mike Chatfield

Teacher at Glen Eden Intermediate School
mikec@geis.school.nz

Michelle Abbasi

Kia ora koutou, Talofa lava, in the short time that I have been involved as an ACOL I have seen the dedication and efforts of Principals, Senior Leaders and teachers to improve student outcomes. I am very privileged to be working alongside passionate professionals and look forward to continuing this work in 2020.

Michelle Abbasi

Deputy Principal at Glen Eden Intermediate School
michellea@geis.school.nz

Hine Viskovich

Kia ora koutou. I am leading the 'transition into school' workstream. In 2019 I began to work alongside our Kōtuitui ECE cluster of teachers, to support our tamariki and strengthen successful transition into school. We are on an exciting learning journey together and we strive hard for positive outcomes for our learners through growing and sharing practice while learning from each other. We started collaborating together in 2019 and are still going strong into 2020. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me.

Hine Viskovich

Deputy Principal at Fruitvale School
hineviskovich@fruitvale.school.nz

Jo Orr

Kia ora koutou. Ko Jo tōku ingoa. I am an across school leader and it is our role to support the weaving together of people in our community. I work closely with Caroline Andrew and we are focused on the hauora/well being space. A whakataukī that captures my heart for this work is: "He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." What is the most important thing in this world? It is people, it is people, it is people. Connections between people is where all leadership, relationships and learning sits. It is my honour to serve our local community.

Jo Orr

Teacher at Green Bay High
joanne.orr@greenbayhigh.school.nz

Naomi Laycock

Hi, I am Naomi Laycock. I work across our Kotuitui community in the area of Learning Support. I am passionate about supporting our learners with additional needs and am inquiring into how we create a shared understanding of students needs, accessing the right support across our schools. I am also working with a database to identify and support our learners as they travel through the school system. Providing the right support to the right child at the right time.

Naomi Laycock

Teacher at Oaklynn Special School
naomi.laycock@oaklynn.school.nz

What the community says

A powerful educational research and development network focused on meeting local learning needs.

Morag Hutchinson

Principal, Green Bay High

I really appreciate the thinking, guidance and support of the Kotuitui team. I love how everyone is reflective in the moment and can share their thoughts. Ka mau te wehi

I-CoL Teacher

Kōtuitui CoL

Being part of Kōtuitui is valuable as we meet other colleagues, learn about differing percpectives and points of view and work together to raise student achievement.

I-CoL Teacher

Kōtuitui CoL

Collaboratively Developed Inquiry Cycles

Using collaborative development techniques we are delivering across our community and yours.

Community members contribute pedagogy (teaching), leadership and new ideas to collaboratively develop improved inquiry cycles specific to our current generation of learners.

Working in conjunction with community schools and individual teachers, the Kotuitui community delivers the latest in inquiry development.

Students and schools benefit from improved educational achievement as we lift the aspirations of our learners to new heights, driving real change in our local communities.

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