Class Whanau
Harakeke: Y0 - 1

Kerry, Janessa and Kura teach Harakeke.  Our youngest students have a fantastic grounding in early numeracy and literacy as well as lots of fun learning through play, the arts and experimentation.  Students enter Harakeke throughout the term, so the class composition changes constantly.  Our current students support new students in the daily routine which remains much the same every day, and is displayed on a large visual timetable.  As the class grows, some children may move through to Pohutukawa.  

It’s always great to have an extra pair of hands! If you want to help out in Harakeke occasionally or on a regular basis, just let us know. Harakeke are particularly keen to have help on a regular basis during reading and writing time- 11.15-12.30 any day.

Pohutukawa: Y2 - 3

Xandra and James teach in Pohutukawa, which is currently located in the hall while renovations to our learning space occurs. 

We have home classes for administrative purposes, but the teachers in Pohutukawa work with all students throughout a day.  We value and encourage creative thinking, collaborative learning and students learning how to become great learners.  Literacy and numeracy are taught in smaller groups and while this is happening students work individually and with peers on activities which further support their learning.  This year we are continuing to be observant and inquiring scientists. We do plenty of art, te reo Māori and learning activities that draw on the diverse cultures and interests of our students.  


Parent help in the classroom is warmly welcomed.  We encourage any questions parents may have throughout the year.

Ngaio: Y3 - 4


Ngaio is made up of Year 3/4 children and two teachers, Cameron and Anne.   This year we are also lucky to have Max and Morag, two student teachers currently completing their Masters in Education who will be in our class each Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Ngaio is a unique learning environment with 3 main spaces which the children get the opportunity to work across based on the type of task, or preferred learning style. A focus in Ngaio is developing independent and self management skills and we give the children lots of opportunities to work in a range of ways such as whole class, in groups or independently to build these.  

As teachers, we plan and teach collaboratively to access the strengths of our team, ensuring we provide rich learning experiences for everyone! Between us we have skills and interests in a range of learning areas such as P.E., music, art and digital technology.

Karaka: Y5 - 6

Leon, Anya and Joseph are keen to provide an engaging and challenging learning environment for all learners. We teach students strategies to become more active and focused in their learning.


We plan and teach collaboratively to access the strengths of our team, ensuring we provide rich learning experiences for everyone! Your child/children will have learning experiences with all teachers during the year. 


Students and teachers work together to identify next learning steps using assessment and reflections. We run workshops based on learning needs,  which allow students to access teacher and peer input. Our workshops are mixed ability; this allows students to learn from others and to build leadership through explaining their thinking.

Rimu: Y7 - 8

The Year 7 and 8 seniors of Clyde Quay School belong to Rimu whanau. We are one whanau, two teachers (Sandy and Matua G), and two learning spaces. Students are supported to use our space and set up flexibly and fluidly.


Our learning in Rimu is highly student directed, with learners identifying their learning goals, next steps and how to plan their time to meet these goals. Workshops are offered based on learning needs, allowing students to access the teacher input they need. This is balanced with independent consolidation tasks, group activities and follow up tasks, both digital and hard copy. There are accountability checks factored into this modern way of learning, and students are regularly monitored, with reflection time being a part of our programme.


We strongly encourage our Seniors to give back to our school and local community and plenty of opportunities are provided to this end.