Maungakiekie whanau

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.

Maungakiekie whanau – Our senior syndicate – Maungakiekie means the mountain with the kiekie vine – our prayer for you, our elders of SJS is that your vine is strong and weaves together many aspects of your journey through St Josephs, and that it carries your through to your future.

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 Maungakiekie whanau teachers of Year 5-8. As we will be working together we believe that your children will be all our children. Your child will be aware of which class they will be this year and our expectation is that we will also work with you to give them the best education they deserve.

As follows are our teachers Ms Elena Figota (Room 10 – Year 5 & 6), Mrs Margaret Lavulavu (Room 9 – Year 5 & 6) and Mrs Pata Beazley (Room 11 – Year 7 & 8).

Ms Elena Figota – (Room 10 – Year 5 & 6) Maungakiekie Whanau Leader

Talofa lava and welcome. My name is Elena Figota and I will be your childs’ classroom teacher in Room 10. I am of Samoan decent, born and and raised here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I was brought up in the Catholic church and schools and continue to build my faith with our loving Father God. I have a wonderful family who bring me the most joy. I love to spend all my spare time with my children and extended family. I am excited to work along side your child this year and look forward to creating a safe, active, fun learning environment together. Many blessings and God Bless.

Mrs Margaret Lavulavu- (Room 9 – Year 5 & 6)

I am grateful to be the teacher of Room 9. Just a snippet about me. I was born and bred in Wellington. I am of Tokelauan/Samoan descent and I am married to Andrew who is Tongan/Kiwi. This is my twentieth year in teaching, I have spent 4 years teaching in London and Manchester, then majority in Wellington and Auckland. I am proud to have had all my 3 sons attend St Joseph’s Catholic School, currently 2 of them are still here. In our spare time, we enjoy staying active as a family exploring local parks, beaches and the beautiful Maunga.
I’m passionate about teaching; seeing children excel and reach their potential under a faith based school that embraces the unique cultural fabric of our community.
My students become confident, resilient young learners.

Mrs Pata Beazley – (Room 11 – Year 7 & 8) – DRS

Pata Beazley; Year 7&8 teacher. NZ born Samoan. Catholic. Married. Experienced teacher, BEd Primary pathway. Certificate for YouthWork. My responsibility will be to teach every curriculum area except Numeracy. Mrs Rebekah Vallabdas will take our Ladies for Numeracy from Monday-Thursday.
This is my third year of teaching Year 7&8. I will continue to work hard with you and our families to support our daughters to excel to the best of their ability, be open to learning and be problem solvers in this changing and innovative world we live in today.

Aotearoa Strip showing the journey from Earth to Sky

These inspiring SJS students have enhanced our school environment with their artwork which explores Maori symbols of Journeys.


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