Mr. Heath Chittenden

Hi my name is Heath Chittenden and I was appointed as the principal of Auroa   School in Term 4 2009. Previous to Auroa I have taught in schools in Hawera and Wanganui for the past 8 years. I have a real passion to see students   succeed at Auroa School. My own curriculum passions are writing and ICT. I   believe it is important to be enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about   teaching. At Auroa school I set high expectations for all students and staff.   All children should be challenged to achieve their own personal best. I   believe in providing students with the opportunity to progressively take   responsibility for their own learning. By being a positive person I can   provide an atmosphere for learners where they feel happy and confident in a   collaborative learning environment. I value the contributions that our   community provide and take pride in providing supportive, collaborative   relationships with other students, staff and parents.
Outside   of school I am married with three young daughters and one son. I have a small farmlet, and play a variety of sports. I have represented Taranaki and Wanganui in   provincial cricket and am a keen soccer player and golfer.
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Photo 3-02-14 12 12 08 pm    Mr Myles Webb
Deputy Principal
Room 1 - Year 7/8
Hello I am Myles Webb and I am thrilled to have been appointed to the position of Deputy Principal at Auroa School for 2014.  I was originally born in Tauranga but have spent considerable time living in Auckland and Hamilton.
I have worked previously in Auckland teaching from Y3 to Y8, and Hamilton at Intermediate age level.  I have had school wide responsibilities as sports co-ordinator and at zone level.  I have been involved in senior management as a team leader and acting Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal.   I have had a strong involvement in sport including coaching and managing a variety school sports teams, including attending the past seven NZAIMS games in basketball.
I have a real passion for intergrating ICT and computers across the curriculum and networking with other classrooms and schools nationally and internationally.  I am excited about what Auroa School has to offer to its students and community.
I am extremely enthusiastic and dedicated to my profession and very much looking forward to the year ahead.  Please feel free to contact me or come and see me in Room One at any time.
I have two young children and myself and my partner are excited about the life style opportunities that the area has to offer.
Mr Kolynn Tai
 Assistant Principal
Room   4 - Year 4
Kia Ora, my name is Kolynn Tai. I have been teaching for 6 years and fortunately   my six years have been at Auroa School
My curriculum passions are Math's and P.E. I am currently also teaching Te Reo   Maori on the virtual learning network to children in other schools around New   Zealand. I enjoy coaching sports teams.
My hobbies outside of school are spending time with family and friends and also   playing all types of sports. I have represented Taranaki in Cricket and also   played Senior Club Rugby. I am a proud dad to Peyton.
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Mrs Shelley Berry
Junior Team Leader
Room   8 - NE - Year 2
Hi my name is Shelley Berry and I’ve been teaching for 8 years. I grew up in Marton, but have spent the last 11 years in Wellington. I completed my Psychology Major and Diploma of Primary Teaching there. My first four years were spent teaching at Karori Normal School, and the last four years were at Owhiro Bay School, where I was acting Deputy Principal. During my 8 years I have taught levels NE through to year 6. I am passionate about teaching and learning. My goal is to have children enjoy school and be switched onto learning through motivating them, and encouraging them to follow their interests. I understand that learning can be challenging for some students, and I always endeavour to teach in a way that suits their learning style. I have spent three years as a Reading Recovery teacher. It is this experience that gave me a real love for junior reading. Making progress with the children is what spurs me to be a teacher! Sport has been a big part of my life since childhood. I started Smallbore Rifle Shooting when I was 12 and have been in the New Zealand Junior and Ladies Teams. I represented New Zealand at the Oceania Games in 2001. I have also played hockey on and off over the years, and I am a terrible surfer; but I am working on this! Art and dance are also keen interests of mine. I am married, and have a 1 year old son. My family and I have moved to South Taranaki for a lifestyle change. I am super excited to have gained a position teaching at Auroa School. I look forward to meeting you and your whanau!
 Mr Brent Spice
Room   3 - Year 5/6
Hello my name is Brent Spice and I am the teacher of Room 3.  I am originally from New Plymouth, but have been living in other countries for the last 6 years. I have taught in South Korea for the past 3 years and can speak and write in Korean and I would like to teach this to my students. My interests include technology, guitar, sports and fitness and I have completed the Seoul marathon two years ago.I am new to Auroa school and am really excited about teaching and sharing some of my experiences with the students at the school. If you would like to know anything further about school, or room 4, please do not hesitate to come and have a chat as my door is always open. I hope we can have a successful and productive year at Auroa school.         Visit my blog @

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Mrs Kelly Cocker

Room   2 - Year 6/7
Hi, I’m Kelly Cocker and I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Auroa School Team.
I grew up in Hawera and then moved to Palmerston North to get my Diploma in Teaching and Bachelor of Education.  I started my career in Palmerston North and went on to teach in Woodville, Feilding and Bulls.  I have approximately 10 years experience.  I love teaching and the variety that comes with it.  Being able to make a difference in the lives of so many children is truly rewarding.  Throughout my teaching career I have had a lot of opportunities which included being a Year 5 & 6 team leader and leading a Maths Team.
I have two children.  Sophie will turn 4 in February and Jack is 2 ½.  Life with two toddlers is very busy but amazing at the same time.  Sophie and Jack go to Kids Barn in Hawera and absolutely love it.
My spare time is usually spent with Sophie and Jack.  We try to get out and about as much as possible.  I enjoy going for walks and I played social netball last Winter.  I also love shopping!
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Mrs Alidia Ericsson
Room   6 - Year 3/4
Hi, my name is Alidia Ericsson. I am thrilled to be part of the Auroa School team. I have taught at a variety of levels and enjoyed them all but most recently I have been a Specialist Art & Design teacher and Technology Team Leader at Intermediate level. I like to empower learners with various learning opportunities and enjoy seeing children progress throughout the year which is always inspirational and I feel privileged to be part of their journey. I am passionate about innovative teaching and learning, exploring new ideas, seeking new paths and looking for new ways of how eLearning can open up new and different ways of learning. I love the arts and am passionate about having a creative classroom environment. I love spending time with my husband Todd and our four children, Keifer, Astin, Quade and Ivanah, who all go to Auroa School. I enjoy painting art work for my commissioned art work business – Work Of Art and spend any spare time being creative. I am looking forward to meeting my new students and parents in 2014 and working together to promote life long learning. I know its going to be a great year!
Photo 3-02-14 12 04 38 pm      Miss Kelly Davidson
Room   7 - Year 2/3
Hi, my name is Kelly Davidson and I am very excited to announce that I will be the new teacher in room Seven! I am originally from Paraparaumu. I have spent the last four years living and studying in Palmerston North where I completed a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary/ Diploma in Education Studies. I am now rearing to begin my career and am very privileged to begin this in such a fantastic school! My curriculum passions are Literacy, Mathematics and Physical Education. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, touch rugby, netball and running. I am looking forward to meeting all the students and whānau of Auroa School.
Photo 4-02-14 11 04 21 am      Miss Shakira Nicholas
Room   8 - NE - Year 2
Hi my name is Shakira Nicholas.  I grew up in a small rural town in the Waikato, and studied a Bachelor of Music at Waikato University, where I majored in Music Performance and Composition. Following my music studies, I moved to Wellington where I gained a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. My first year of teaching was spent at Turuturu School in Hawera.
In my spare time I love to be outside. I enjoy living at the beach, kayaking, fishing, walking, and making the most of all the outdoor activities Taranaki has to offer. Music is a real passion of mine! I play the trumpet (and a bit of guitar, ukulele, drums and other brass instruments), and have played in lots of orchestras and bands around New Zealand! I can't wait to get involved with music at Auroa School. I'm really excited to be teaching at Auroa School this year, and am looking forward to getting to know the School community.


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