Te Moana (Yrs 5 & 6) Teachers

Te Moana – The Sea
The drop of water (kopata wai) leaves the shelter of the Wharemauku Stream and now becomes part of the sea. It is pushed and pulled towards Kapiti Island in the distance and is continuing to gather knowledge on its journey to the Island.
There are six classes in our Year 5 & 6 team.  

Room 10: Rosie Powell

Hi my name is Rosie, I'm teaching in Room 10 in 2018. I'm new to Raumati Beach School and love the great community feel that the school has. I have been teaching for 11 years, from New Entrants to Year 7s and some ESOL work as well. I believe strongly in the need to foster real relationships with children in order to allow the best learning to occur.I am a fluent French speaker and lived in New Caledonia for three years. I am Mum to three teenagers, two of which are still living at home. In my spare time I love playing tennis and enjoy reading.

Team Lead, Room 11: Matt Van Wheeler

Hi, my name is Matt van Wheeler and I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School for the past two years.  I have been teaching year five and six, and thoroughly enjoy it.  Before teaching here I taught at Avalon Intermediate School, where I taught year seven and eights as well as Hard Materials. In my spare time I enjoy fishing (unsuccessfully on my kayak), playing football, running, socialising with friends and enjoying time with my family.  I am married to Heidi and have two gorgeous boys and two dogs.  We have lived on the Kapiti Coast for the past three years and really enjoy the community feel and the beach. I look forward to continuing my teaching and learning journey at our school and building on the friendships I have made and developing new ones.  

Room 12: Jenni Adams

Jenni is currently teaching Year 5 and 6 students in Room 12 in Learning Street.  She has over 22 years teaching experience working across all levels of the school, and enjoys the rewards and challenges that each age group brings. With a BA in English Literature, she is particularly passionate about reading and writing, and she endeavours to instil a life-long love for learning in her students. Jenni began her teaching career at Tawhai School in Stokes Valley where she worked for 18 years, followed by two years at Kelson School where her young son attended. Jenni believes in the importance of developing strong partnership ties between school and home, and she embraces the open door policy in her classroom.Born and raised in Wellington, Jenni spent her teenage years in Porirua before moving to the Hutt Valley. She recently moved to the Kapiti Coast with her husband and young son. In her spare time Jenni enjoys spending time with her family, reading, eating out and catching up with family and friends.

Team Lead, Room 19: Shellee May

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Shellee tōku ingoa.
Ko Kapiti tōku mōtu 
Ko Rau o te Rangi tōku moana 
Ko Wharemauku tōku awa 
Ko Ngā Puhi tōku iwi 
Ko Mātaatua tōku waka 
No Wairarapa ahau. 
No reira, tēnā koutou katoa
Shellee May teaches in Room 19. She has taught in all areas of the school and also has experience working with adults to develop their literacy needs.  Shellee has lived on the Kapiti Coast for 13 years and now calls Paraparaumu her home.  She has two children attending local schools and loves that the friendly Kapiti community is their home too. Shellee has a special interest in collaboration and believes this is the key to developing independence, respect, a strong sense of self and personal responsibility.  

Room 20: Paul Gilbert

Paul has taught at a number of year levels at RBS.  He holds a number of degrees and qualifications (which he does not like to talk about), and has been teaching at primary level since 2011. A published author, he is passionate about reading and writing, and about nurturing that passion in his students. He also encourages questioning in all its forms – wander through, you’ll usually find plenty of ‘student voice’ raising intriguing ideas in his classroom. Paul was born and raised in the Hutt, but hardly manages to get away to the “old stomping ground” as his wife, two children, cat, three chickens and scattering of nearby relatives seem to soak up any time not spent reading or enjoying the cafes and outdoors of the Kapiti Coast.

Room 21: Wendy Keating

Wendy Keating loves her job!  She is daily inspired by the curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm shown by children and relishes the challenge of supporting each one to strive for success. Wendy has notched up over 20 years of classroom teaching and school leadership, gaining a few wrinkles and grey hairs along the way, but also hundreds of treasured memories from the many kids and families she's been privileged to work with.  She has taught at Raumati Beach School for several of those years, and previously in schools across Wellington, working with all age groups in a variety of roles.  She has a few letters after her name, gaining a Master's of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University. Wendy is local resident and can be found happily gardening, reading, knitting and spending as much time as she can with her family, especially camping, watching sport and travelling overseas.  She loves our lifestyle on the Kapiti Coast:  she and her husband agree it's a wonderful place to raise their two daughters. 

Team Contacts

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Rosie Powell
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Matt VW
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Jenni Adams
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Shellee May
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Paul Gilbert
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Wendy Keating
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