Welcome to the Middle Room Page.
My name is Lara Sweetman and I am privileged to be part of the fun, dynamic, and supportive teaching team at Waitetuna. A motto we often chant is – “there is no I in Team” – and it is a pleasure to work in a truly supportive collaborative environment which focuses on the development of the whole child.
I have been teaching for around 20 years, all ages and stages, within our local area and also overseas in London during my O.E. I was born and bred in Raglan, but flew the nest soon after high school to explore city living in NZ and then satisfy a passion for travel and experiencing other cultures. With the birth of our first child, we settled once again in Raglan. I am the mother of 4 children- Ayla (17), Luka (15), Ngakau (11) and Georgie (9). We live on a farm just outside Raglan and enjoy being an outdoor family utilising our natural environment.
The middle room is a multi-level classroom of year 2, year 3 and year 4 students. Every morning we focus on the core subjects of writing, reading and maths and the afternoon integrates our current topic, sports and arts. I enjoy delivering the whole spectrum of the curriculum to our students so that they all get an opportunity to discover their own strengths and passions. I have particular strengths in language and the arts. I am also passionate about recognising and working from individual student strengths to build self-confidence. I have experience with the personal struggle associated with dyslexia and try to integrate language tasks within our learning programme to support students with these learning challenges. We aim to develop motivated and engaged learners who get to experience a vast spectrum of learning experiences.
Due to the small and nurturing environment at Waitetuna School our students enjoy our natural local environment being integrated into their learning on a regular basis. All our students get to fully participate in sporting, cultural and artistic events. Waitetuna School fosters positive and encouraging relationships between school and parents, between teachers and students and between senior and junior students. Teachers know their students and their learning strengths and weaknesses very well and work hard to cater to these needs and develop confident, individual children. Every flower in the garden is unique and different.