Team Kapiti (Yrs 7 & 8)

Kapiti – Join
As the (kopata wai) drop of water moves towards Kapiti Island it is pulled into the sky by the sun (ra) and taken to the peak of the island where it is dropped. From the peak of the island (Tuteremoana) the water drop (kopata wai) is able to look out across the Tasman Sea and imagine the wonders of the world and learns that its journey into the world is just beginning and that it will continue to grow and gather knowledge as it ventures into the world beyond the Kapiti Coast. 
The Year 7 & 8 team is made up of six classes: Rooms 13 ,14, 15, 16, 17 & 18.

Room 13: Karen McKay

Karen is a member of Team Kapiti at Raumati Beach School and has had the pleasure of working on the Kapiti Coast for over 20 years.  She loves getting stuck into curriculum and has enjoyed leading mathematics and science at Raumati Beach, particularly appreciating the effect success in these areas can have on the students. She lives with her husband and three teenage children, one of whom has now flown the nest and started university.  The other two still manage to provide plenty of sporting activities in the weekend, and these, along with reading and shopping, tend to take up most of her time!! Karen, proudly hails from Nottingham in England and can often be heard telling people that she is related to Robin Hood (her only ‘possible’ claim to fame!). 

Team Lead, Room 14: Kristy Macilquham

Kristy has been teaching for 14 years. She graduated from James Cook University, Queensland, Australia in 2001. Before moving to New Zealand, she taught in the Top end of Australia, where crocs and snakes were classroom pets! She has spent time teaching in Taupo prior to moving to the Kapiti Coast. She loves the challenge of teaching and is driven by seeing her students achieve to their potential. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband. She loves a good Netflix binge, baking and gardening.

Room 15: Rose Adams

Team Lead, Room 16: David Clare

Hi my name is David Clare, Year 7 and 8 teacher in Room 16. I have loved my 5 years working with intermediate students. It's a time of physical, mental and social change that allows for a very exciting learning environment as we help navigate our youth through the digital age. Before teaching, I was a musician and music teacher for 13 years, performing in bands and teaching drums, guitar and band mentoring. As well as music, I have a passion for trail running and mountain biking. 

Room 17: Amanda Jones

Amanda loves her job in Team Kapiti, working alongside a team of enthusiastic, skillful teachers who are dedicated to supporting the social and academic learning of our Year 7 & 8 students.  She really enjoys this age group - a time when students are showing increased independence and autonomy as learners. Amanda has a post-graduate diploma in special education and is committed to inclusive teaching methods that recognise the value of diversity. She enjoys rich learning conversations with her students and loves seeing their understanding of the world deepen. When Amanda isn't teaching, she loves spending time in bookshops, garden centres and art galleries. She has taught in schools across Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Porirua and has youth work experience across the Tasman, but has happily made the Kapiti Coast her home. Amanda feels very lucky to start each working day with a drive along the beach road with views of our beautiful Kapiti Island. 

Room 18: Jo Fothergill

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Te Mata Peak tōku maunga
Ko Tukituki tōku awa
Ko Reichstag tōku waka 
Ko Kiwi tōku iwi 
Ko Jo tōku ingoa
No Heretaunga ahau 
I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School in a number of different roles over the last 19 years, including three as year 5 & 6 team leader and 2018 as the year 3 & 4 team leader.  I am passionate about innovative spaces and collaborative teaching, and work with my students to develop their ability to self-manage, be independent learners, use devices as part of their learning, and develop good citizenship skills. I grew up in the Hawke's Bay, spent 13 years living in Christchurch where both my children were born, experienced Auckland living for 18 months and then arrived here on the Kapiti Coast in the early 90's where I have stayed enjoying the beach and many walkways in the area.

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Karen McKay
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Kristy Macilquham
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Rose Adams
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David Clare
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Amanda Jones
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Jo Fothergill
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