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Oceanview Heights School

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Staff


Principal

Hi my name is Sandi Abel and I am the Principal of Oceanview Heights School. I have a teaching component in the school and relieve in the classes on occasions. I am also the Lead School Principal for our Aoraki RTLB Cluster 37. I am passionate about our school and we pride ourselves on the quality teaching and learning we provide at the school, as well as the quality relationships with our families and whanau.

Teachers

Room 1
Teacher

Kia ora Koutou. My name is Rose (Mrs Rose) and I am teaching in Room 1. I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone and having a fun year with your children. I have taught in the Junior School for a few years and was previously a kindergarten teacher in Southland. I have three adult children and four grandchildren, with another two on the way. I am passionate about our environment, physical education as well as Dyslexia and Autism. I also really enjoy teaching Reading and Art.

Room 3
Teacher

Hi my name is Vicky Lambert. I live here in Timaru with my husband and two daughters. I love spending time with my family, we go for walks, watch movies and play a lot of mini golf. Maths and Science are my favourite subjects to teach.

Room 4
Teacher

Kia ora everyone. My name is Tessa Cooper. I have moved down from Christchurch, and now I live in Cave. I have been a teacher for many years. My favourite subjects to teach are Maths and English. I think that Timaru is absolutely beautiful, especially the view from OVH school, where we have a view of the sea and the mountains!

Reading
Recovery

Hi, I'm Wendy Mehrtens and I implement the Reading Recovery programme in the school. I also work with some of the junior children on a play based learning programme. I have responsibility for the Pasifika Responsiveness in the school and the Reading Together programme working with our whanau on Reading at home.

Support Staff

Office
Manager

Hi my name is Christine Welch and I am the Office Manager at Oceanview Heights School. I am the friendly face who welcomes our children and their families and whanau to our school. I enjoy being part of a family focused school and support the children with fundraising and sporting activities.

Office
Manager

Hi my name is Melissa Jackson and I am the Officer Manager on a Friday at Oceanview Heights School. I also work with the Aoraki RTLB Cluster Manager as her P.A. / Finance Officer.

Teacher
Aid

Hi my name is Maree Campbell and I am the Teacher Aide in Room 1. I support the new entrant children with their writing, reading and maths. I am also responsible for Duffy Books in Homes and Scholastics Book Club.

Teacher
Aid

Hi my name is Stacey Hawthorne and I am the Teacher Aide in Room 3. I support the children with their learning and am passionate about children being creative in their art. I am also responsible for our school library.

Teacher
Aid

Hi my name is Liz Sakimura and I am the Teacher Aide in Room 4. I enjoy working with the senior children and I encourage all our children to be involved with sport in and out of school. I especially enjoy supporting our English as 2nd Language children, in the classroom

Teacher
Aid

Hi my name is Ra Timms. I have been working at OVH School for over a year as a Teacher Aide in Rooms 1 and 2. I have 2 children who were of very high needs. Their journey taught me many things. Most of all, how to be adaptive. My favourite times in class are when I see a student “get” something, that “light bulb” moment. Also when they make the right choice and I know how far they have come and how hard they have worked. I really respect the Teachers and fellow Teacher Aides and the care and knowledge they pass on, particularly respect, responsibility and care.

Caretaker

Hi my name is Craig Buchannan and I am the Caretaker at Oceanview Heights School. I have 2 children at the school and my passion includes helping out with the art work in the school – come see my art work on the Vege Tec garden shed.