Rarotonga 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.

Rarotonga whanau – our middle syndicate – Rarotonga, or Mt Smart as it is known today is a place of great activity – there is also something going on in the heart and head of Rarotonga – and this is what we want of you.

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”

The five smiling faces in the picture are your children’s teachers and teacher aides for this year. We look forward to a positive year of fun as well as academic success for your child. Every child is blessed with talents which we hope to be able to recognise and develop. With your valuable support, this can surely be achieved.

From left to right – Mrs Calvert, Mrs Lawrence, Mr Tuckey (TA), Mrs Prasad (TA), Mrs Valladbas.
Mrs Sesh (absent)

Mrs Pauline Calvert – (Room 8- Year 5 ) Rarotonga Whanau Leader

Kia ora, I’m Pauline Calvert and I am delighted to be your child’s class teacher for this year. Let me tell you a little about myself. My great passion for working with children prompted my career as a teacher which began in 1986 in India. Here, I taught at different levels and held teaching as well as management positions.
I moved to New Zealand with my family in 2001. My children attended St. Joseph’s Onehunga and received a great Catholic education here. In January 2003, I was appointed at St. Joseph’s School, Onehunga. I enjoyed teaching a year 1 and 2 class for a period of ten years and then moved to teaching the intermediate level for five years. I have been teaching year 4 and 5 since 2018. Teaching in a Catholic school has given me a sense of fulfilment, enriching me and making me who I am today.
It is a privilege to be able to work with your children and I welcome each child into my life. I look forward to working collaboratively with you and your child and ask God’s blessings on us as we journey through this year together.

Mrs Sheela Sesh (Room 7 – Year 4)

Namaste! I’m Sheela Sesh.
I grew up in the big city of Bombay and I did my Masters in Educational Psychology from Bombay University. ‘How children learn’ is a topic that interested me even when I was a student. After my studies I worked on a UNICEF project in Bombay and then after marriage at a learning center in Chennai. We moved to New Zealand with our two sons in 1996. With the Lord’s grace I have had the pleasure of working with students and serving the St Joseph’s School community for over twenty years. It has been a blessing to get to know and interact with generations of some families.
I welcome you and your child to Room 7 and seek the Lord’s blessings as we journey through 2020. I pray that your child is able to reach his or her full potential and has a happy time in Room 7.

Mrs Mavis Lawrence (Room 6 – Year 2 & 3)

Kia Ora! I’m Mavis Lawrence
Teaching is an absolute passion for me and I am so excited to work with your child this year. It is going to be a year full of fun, learning, and adventure. In addition, I cannot wait to see what the year has in store for us! I thought you would like to know a little about myself.
I have lived all my life in India, Mumbai and have been teaching since 1994. I come from a closely- knit Catholic family. I have received my Catholic education right from primary school through to my Bachelor of Education and this has encouraged me to teach in Catholic schools. I got married and moved to NZ in 2008. I began teaching at St. Joseph’s in 2015. I have a son who has just joined St Peter’s College this year.
I look forward to the year, hope to keep the lines of communication open between us, and would love to talk to you if you have any questions or concerns about your child. God’s richest blessings and guidance as we journey together leaving lasting memories in our lives.
Arohanui and God Bless,