Te Kauwhata Primary School - We C.A.R.E. ~ Communicate Aspire Respect Engage

Junior Team

Year 1/2

Anne Mitchell
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Room 2



General Information

Ko Pukekohe toku maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
No Pukekohe ahau
Ko Te Kauwhata Primary toku kura
Ko Mitchell toku whanau
Ko Anne toku ingoa

Hello, my name is Anne and I am originally from Pukekohe. My family moved to Te Kauwhata several years ago. I really enjoy gardening, spending time with my family and travelling. Professionally I have added to my teaching repertoire being involved in the ALL Programme (Accelerating Learning in Literacy). This taught me that students can achieve more when they are taught explicitly over several parts of the day and have targets to reach. I am excited to apply my new knowledge to the students in Room 2.

Alice Kapoor
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Room 3



General Information

Nō Peretānia nō Īnia ōku tīpuna.
Kō Jean rāua ko Yoginder, nō Catherine rāua ko John ōku kaumatua.
I tipu ake au ki Kirikiriroa.
E noho ana au ki Kirikiriroa.
Ko Kapoor tōku ingoa whanau.
Ko Alice tōku ingoa.

Kia ora Te Kauwhata Primary whanau,
My name is Alice Kapoor and I grew up and live in Hamilton.
I am delighted to continue my teacher journey this year at Te Kauwhata Primary with the amazing tamariki in Room 3.
In my spare time, I love playing hockey and ultimate frisbee, going for bush walks with my family and friends, or reading a good book.

Harjeet Kaur
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Room 6



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Nō Inia ki te raki ahau.
Ko Punjabi toku iwi.
Ko Darshan Singh toku pāpa.
Ko Charanjeet Kaur toku māma.
Ko Gurinder SIngh taku tāne.
Ko Sonmeek Singh Mahil taku tama.
Kei te Te Kauwhata e noho ana inaianei.
Ko au te kaiako o te kura tuatahi o Te Kauwhata.
Ko Harjeet toku ingoa.

Kia ora whānau, My name is Harjeet and this is my 4th year in education in NZ. I am originally from Northern India but I have called New Zealand my home since I relocated here in 2012. I started my teaching journey in 2021 in room 6 here at TKP and I am teaching Year 2's and 3's this year. I am passionate about teaching and learning and absolutely love my job. Outside school, I enjoy spending time with my family. I look forward to an amazing year ahead and getting to know you and your tamariki.

Tania Riley

Room 4



General Information

Ko Pirongia toku Maunga
Ko Waikato toku awa
Ko Tainui toku waka
Ko Te Papa O Rotu toku Marae
Ko Waipa toku iwi
Ko Rotongaro toku kainga
Ko Lyn toku Mama
Ko Kevin toku Papa
Ko Jordan taku tamatane
Ko Victoria tana hoa wahine
Ko Ellianna raua ko Leilani aaku mokopuna
Ko Tania toku ingoa

Niki Swart
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Room 10



General Information

Kia Ora Tatou
Ko Pirongia te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
No Kirikiriroa ahau
Ko Swart tōku Whanau
Ko Niki tōku ingoa

Hello, my name is Niki. I emigrated from South Africa to Whakatane,New Zealand in 1996 with my husband and our two, very young children. My husband and I both taught there before embarking on an international schools career, teaching in The Philippines, China, Switzerland, and Angola. We returned home to Hamilton, and are enjoying our time with a family of teachers - our son, daughter, and son-in-law all teach. I'm loving my time at Te Kauwhata, and look forward to meeting you, both professionally and socially.I am in Room 10 from Monday to Thursday.

Keri Kittsen
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Room 4, Room 10 and LSC



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Ko Keri Kittsen tooku ingoa
Ko Niki tooku mama
Ko Richard tooku papa
Ko Lewis tooku tane
Ko Cooper tooku tama
Kei Kirikiriroa ahau e noho ana

Kia ora, my name is Keri. I currently live in Hamilton with my wonderful husband Lewis, our son, Cooper, and our gorgeous dog, Bailey. I've lived in South Africa, New Zealand, Asia, Australia, and Europe, and have recently come back home to New Zealand. I have previously taught in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and worked for an online school for children based in the UAE. I enjoy the outdoors, going camping, scuba diving, reading and travelling.

Danielle van Zyl
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Room 13



General Information

Kia Ora Tātou

Ko Magaliesburg te maunga
Ko Waikata te awa
Ko van Zyl tōku whānau
Ko Jan tōku pāpā
Ko Noleen tōku māmā
Ko Danielle tōku ingoa
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tautou kātoa

Kia Ora, my name is Danielle van Zyl. Kia Ora, my name is Danielle van Zyl. I am Team Leader of our Junior school and it is my fifth year teaching in a kura that is supportive of our tamariki and kaiako.