Welcome to the Senior Room Page.
My name is Ali McCartie (Whaea Ali)
I have lived, with my husband and son, in the beautiful Waitetuna Valley for 2 years now and love our new farm life. I spent the past 20 years farming and teaching in Whangamomona which is located in a very remote district in Taranaki where we had to travel 1 ½ hours to get to a town.
I began my teaching career as a teacher aide at the local school and worked as a principal release for several years before deciding to study for my teaching degree. I gained my B Ed (primary) and was awarded a Massey Scholarship.
I really enjoy working in the senior room and watching our lovely children challenge themselves to be inquiring learners. We promote independence and encourage our children to reach for the stars and live a 3D life…Dream! Dare! Develop!
While reading, writing and maths are an ongoing focus we believe in extending our students in all areas of their lives by allowing them to develop their personal strengths. Waitetuna School values all areas of The Arts and I particularly enjoy incorporating visual art activities into our classroom. We are aware of the need for children (boys in particular) to move so sport, dance or quick circuit activities are included daily. I believe our senior room is establishing an environment to promote lifelong learning skills, risk taking and confidence. We like to make learning meaningful, challenging and interesting and encourage our students to bring their interests into the classroom especially in the writing program. Our weekly Waitetuna Way award promotes values.
This term we are offering guitar and surfing as options for senior students who are interested in developing these skills.
Our 2015 school wide focus is improving spelling and writing and we are promoting e learning by learning to create and use our class blog, using the internet for research, incorporating I Pad aps into the classroom, Studyladder and Steps online.
We also promote B.Y.O D. to assist children with learning.
Teaching is a rewarding experience and I feel it is a privilege to work in such a vibrant and exciting school that promotes all areas of learning.