Nga mihi nui ki a koutou,
Ko Rachel France tōku ingoa. I am a permanent part-time teacher at Kilbirnie School. This term I am teaching .7. That means 4 days one week and 3 the alternate week.
I teach Te Reo Māori across the school, provide enrichment programmes: Senior and Junior Choirs and Kapa Haka. I release Jessica Thompson in Room 3 once a week, Lou de Lange once a fortnight and release the junior teachers on a Wednesdays across the term.
In my non-teaching life, I am a performer, so I share my musical and theatrical background with the students to bring their performance skills up to a very high standard.
A big part of my job is event management. We often perform throughout the year at local community events. There is a wealth of very talented performers amongst the students and I feel privileged to provide these opportunities.
My personal teaching philosophy is to keep learning fun and my scaffolding for language learning is through Waiata (song) and Nga Kemu (games). I aim to provide a safe learning environment where students can take risks and be confident to “give it a go”.
Nga Mihi nui,