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

Pia Harre

iCoL & Unique Learning Needs Coordinator

Trish O'Connell

iCoL & Unique Learning Needs Coordinator

Teenae Vaimasanuu

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Your in school team at

Fruitvale

Erin France

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

D'arcy Norton

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Hine Viskovich

aCoL & Deputy Principal

Your in school team at

Glen Eden Intermediate

Amy Russell

iCoL & Learning Suport Coordinator

Annet Woolford

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Michelle Abbasi

aCoL & Deputy Principal

Nichola Leslie

aCoL & Classroom 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

Amber Garrett

iCoL & Maths Teacher

Caroline Andrew

aCoL & Teaching as Inquiry, Science and Maths Teacher

Catrin Hughes

iCoL & Joining both ends of the pathway

Chloe Marsh

iCoL & Yr 12 Dean

Edd James

iCoL & Physcial Education Teacher

Jo Orr

aCoL & Professional Inquiry Coordinator, English Teacher

Jonny Hilditch

iCoL & English Teacher

Mike Cole

iCOL - Junior Progress in Science

Nirtika Niranjan

iCoL & Assistant HOD Technology

Rogan James

iCoL & Head of Visual Arts

Stefan Dale

aCoL & History/Social Science Teacher

Your in school team at

Green Bay Primary

Cheryl McElroy

iCoL & Associate Principal

Dan Whiting

iCoL & Whanau Leader

Lorraine Sauvarin

aCoL & Whanau Leader

Wayne Southgate

iCoL & SENCO, Whanau Leader

Your in school team at

Kaurilands Primary

Erin Namajuska

aCoL & Deputy Principal

Grant O’Connor

iCoL & Yr 6 Team Leader

Hayley Jesperson

iCoL & Yr 1 Team Leader

Madeline Henty

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Nick van Den Borst

iCOL & Yr 5 Team Leader

Your in school team at

Konini Primary

Anne Gilmour

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Maura O'Shea

iCoL & Learning Support Coordinator

Your in school team at

Laingholm Primary

Cath Harkins

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Your in school team at

New Lynn

Jess O'Sullivan

iCoL & Junior School Teacher

Laura Robertson

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Zoe Strange

iCoL & Specialist Teacher

Your in school team at

Oaklynn Special School

Anna Boikov

iCoL

Bobbie Chadderton

iCoL

Marta Morton

iCoL

Your in school team at

Titirangi Primary

Lee-Ann McKenzie

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Lisa Sparey

iCoL & Yr 5,6 Teacher

Robyn Cochrane

iCoL & Yr 2 Teacher

Your in school team at

Woodlands Park

Micah Haughton

iCoL & Classroom Teacher

Michelle Andrews

iCoL & Classroom 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

Teacher 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 Taripo-Keith

Kia ora, I am Caroline Taripo-Keith. I work across our Community of Learning in the area of hauora and wellbeing. I am passionate about developing collective responsibility for equity and excellence across all the schools in our community. I look forward to being a part of building a strong sense of whanaungatanga in our Kāhui Ako. Identifying and developing school actions that foster a sense of belonging along with building effective community partnerships are cornerstones of my workstream.

Caroline Taripo-Keith

Teacher at Green Bay High School
caroline.taripo-keith@greenbayhigh.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! Ko Hine Viskovich taku ingoa, ko Fruitvale taku kura, nō te whanau ACOL ahau, ngā mihi nui, ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou. I am the DP at Fruitvale School and I work closely with the Kōtuitui ECE cluster. My work is to strategise and plan collaborations between schools and ECE's, so that together, we can achieve positive outcomes for whānau and tamariki transitioning into school. An important focus continues to be strengthening relationships between ECE's and primary schools. It is a great privilege working alongside teachers at both schools and ECE's as there is great potential in what can be achieved together.

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. We are focused on supporting a collective and strategic approach wellbeing, leading to improved wellbeing and achievement outcomes for all learners. 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

Nichola Leslie

Tēnā Koutou Katoa! I feel privileged to be a part of the Kōtuitui Across Schools team and look forward to enacting positive change for the tamariki, rangatahi and whānau in our community. Wellbeing and cultural responsiveness are two areas I am particularly passionate about and I am excited to explore them further in this role. Knowing your learner is at the heart of everything we do as educators and I feel that before we can know who our students are as learners, we need to know who they are as people first and foremost. “Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātou mahi” Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.

Nichola Leslie

Teacher at Glen Eden Intermediate
nicholal@geis.school.nz

Lorraine Sauvarin

Kia Ora. Over the last three years I have had the privilege of working as an in-school leader, focussing on curriculum. It is a privilege to join the Across School Leaders this year and I am excited to have the opportunity to build relationships across our community. I believe that when we build positive connections between our schools, it provides a strong foundation for open conversations to improve teaching and learning, and thus outcomes for our children. I look forward to working towards making a significant difference in our Kōtuitui Kāhui Ako and supporting our students in their learning journey so they can reach their full potential.

Lorraine Sauvarin

Team Leader at Green Bay School
lorraines@greenbay.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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