It is important that we know our place, our land and as such we have gifted you the names of significant geographical landmarks of Onehunga – our maunga; Mangere, Rarotonga and Maungakiekie.
Mangere whanau – Our Junior syndicate – Mangere is a mountain that protects its people from the wind the swirls around the township of Mangere; we, your teachers and and families are here to protect and guide you as you start your journey with us.
Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei. Which means “Aspire to the greatest heights, but should you bow, let it be to the loftiest mountain”
As we begin our year we would like to introduce to you our Mangere Whanau teachers of the Year 0 to 2. students.
As we will be working together we believe that your children will be all our children. Your child will be aware of their class expectations and routines. We will also work with you to give them the best education they deserve.
The Mangere Whanau teachers from left – Mrs Nadine Fa’alili, Mrs Judi Greenham, Mrs Cheryl Peters. Mrs Kathryn Powick (absent).
Mrs Cheryl Peters – Room 1
Welcome to the new school year for 2020. May it be a good one for you and your families. I am Cheryl Peters and II will be teaching in Room 1 which is a New Entrant / Year 1 class. I am the team leader for the Mangere whanau as well as Tutor teacher for Mrs Fa’alili in Room 4. I have been involved with St Joseph’s and the school community since 2003 as a parent and staff member. I love St Joseph’s school both as a parent and a teacher, it’s like my second family. Your child will be part of our SJS (St Joseph’s School) family. They will be loved as well as nurtured into the school system so that they have the best start to their school life. I look forward to working alongside you to support your child this year.
Mrs Judi Greenham – Room 3
Hello I am pleased to be in my forth year of teaching at St Joseph’s Primary School previously having taught Reading Recovery, different class levels and literacy groups. This year I am teaching in Room 3 – Year 1 – I have been in teaching for many years, having taught in different schools in New Zealand and Internationally. I have taught many different levels through to tutoring University Student Teachers. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language. I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter and also love spending time in the garden, playing tennis, quilting and craft work. This year I am looking forward to sharing times and teaching your lovely children.
Mrs Nadine Fa’alili – Room 4
Talofa lava. Hello and welcome to the school year! My name is Nadine Faalili and I will be the teacher for Room 4. In 2016 I started as a teacher aide at St Joseph’s School and began teaching here in 2019. I am excited and delighted to have your child in my class. I am of Samoan descent. My husband and I have 6 children and were blessed with our first grandchild last year. We have a strong connection with St Joseph’s community as all our children have attended this wonderful school. Spending time with my family is what brings me the most joy. I look forward to working with my amazing children and their families this year.