Kia ora koutou tamariki and whanau, bonjour beinvenue a Totara, como estas?!
Welcome to Totara Class and welcome to the 2017 school year!

I hope you have enjoyed the holiday break, and spent time in the great outdoors with whanau and that your tamariki had lots of super summer experiences. I spent 3 weeks in Cuba learning salsa, merengue, chachacha and a range of other Cuban dance styles (not to mention a touch of Spanish!), and I am super excited to start the new year.

I am delighted to be returning to teach years 3 and 4 in Totara this year, and to be part of the Rerenga Team in the middle school.

For those of you who don’t know me, I have a Masters of Teaching, but in a former life I ran performing arts festivals after doing my undergraduate degree in Theatre, Performing Arts and French.

I am contantly amazed by what I learn from the children as a teacher. I enjoy finding ways to incorporate, creativity and my love of the arts and languages in to my teaching. I believe this brings fun, dynamism and diversity to the classroom. As a learner my personal goal is to become a fluent speaker of Te Reo Maori, and to integrate Te Ao Maori and Tikanga Maori into my teaching in rich ways.

My goal as a teacher is to create a warm and supportive learning environment where every learner feels safe to flourish and express their true authentic selves. I believe that this will foster within them a love of learning, and a desire to be at school every day!
I am excited about getting to know your tamaiti this term, and to find out about all their unique talents, ideas, world view and the ways in which they learn.
Best wishes and see you soon,
Ms. Harkess