New teach­ers and stu­dents

Mata­mata Col­lege’s new­est staffing re­cruits can’t wait to begin shap­ing the young minds that will en­ter their class­rooms. The five new staff mem­bers come from a range of back­grounds and will be work­ing in var­i­ous de­part­ments at the col­lege. Teresa Hat­tan

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Ben Allen

When left school he first thought about teach­ing but he says he wasn’t in a study­ing frame of mind.

‘‘But I’ve al­ways been in­volved with young peo­ple and youth so I guess I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in teach­ing. I guess it was a good time for change in my life.

‘‘I was in a tran­si­tional stage of life. I’d fin­ished do­ing one job and I’d done a year vol­un­teer­ing with a gap year pro­gramme for school leavers, so it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to do some­thing that had been an in­ter­est for so many years. It was a good way to use what I’d done in the mean­time as well.’’

He said the eight years be­fore he went back to study, at Waikato Uni­ver­sity, cer­tainly weren’t a waste.

‘‘ I could ex­pe­ri­ences teacher.’’

Allen will be teach­ing wood­work, met­al­work and ju­nior graph­ics classes. He said he was quite ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to come and teach at Mata­mata Col­lege.

‘‘It’s a nice com­mu­nity to start

put all those to­wards be­ing a my teach­ing ca­reer. I look for­ward to meet­ing stu­dents, par­ents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.’’

is an ex­pe­ri­enced teacher hav­ing been in the ed­u­ca­tion in­dus­try for eight years but she’s new to town af­ter mov­ing from Ro­torua.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to start­ing at Mata­mata Col­lege.’’

Hulton will be work­ing in the english depart­ment and has a masters de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion through Otago Uni­ver­sity and a Bach­e­lor of Teach­ing and Learn­ing through Can­ter­bury Uni­ver­sity.

Nikki Hulton

Am­ber Chard

said while at high school a teacher helped her dis­cover who she was and helped her be a crit­i­cal thinker.

‘‘One teacher re­ally helped me reach that point and she in­spired me and helped me find what I was pas­sion­ate about. I thought if she can do that for me then I want to do that for at least one other per­son.’’

Chard is from Napier and stud­ied at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity. She has now moved to town with her mum. ‘‘It’s been a big life change but Mata­mata is such a nice lit­tle


NEW STAFF: Mata­mata Col­lege has five new staff mem­bers this year. From left, Alison Ch­ester, Catherine Wel­ham, Nikki Hulton, Am­ber Chard and Ben Allen.

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