First day for new lo­cal teach­ers

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAYLEY MOOR

It’s not just new en­trants who had their first day at school on Fe­bru­ary 1 with two new pri­mary teach­ers kick­ing off their ca­reers too.

Matilda Cane, 21, and Kelsey We­ber, 20, have re­turned home to the Far North to teach at To­tara North School and Kerik­eri Pri­mary School re­spec­tively.

Af­ter com­plet­ing her Bach­e­lor of Teach­ing en­dorsed with Pri­mary Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Otago, Cane will teach new en­trants through to year three in her class of 14 at To­tara North.

She says she feels it is a priv­i­lege to teach in North­land.

‘‘North­land kids have an easy ac­cess to na­ture such as the coasts, bush and rivers and there­fore the free­dom and knowl­edge that comes with it.’’

Cane says she liked the idea of be­ing part of chil­dren’s learn­ing and was in­spired by teach­ers dur­ing her school years.

‘‘I love see­ing chil­dren’s faces when they learn some­thing new.’’

One par­tic­u­lar teacher at Riverview Pri­mary School stands out for Cane.

‘‘I re­mem­ber her play­ing the gui­tar, singing songs and do­ing lots of art which made learn­ing fun.’’

Wai­mate North lo­cal Kelsey We­ber was also keen to re­turn home af­ter com­plet­ing her Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion (Teach­ing) at the Univer­sity of Auck­land’s Ep­som cam­pus.

She will be teach­ing year two stu­dents at Kerik­eri Pri­mary School.

‘‘It’s great com­ing back to a small com­mu­nity, you can see how much it means when you help the kids.’’

She says she was told that the first five min­utes will im­pact the rest of the school year.

We­ber says she was drawn to teach­ing as pro­vid­ing chil­dren with an ed­u­ca­tion gives them more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘I con­sider my­self sup­port­ive and car­ing which is good for a teacher as stu­dents will come to you if they need help. If they see it’s not just a job for you they will want to learn more.’’

Speak­ing be­fore the first day We­ber says she was ex­cited to get started.

‘‘I am ner­vous about the first day but I will still be learn­ing along the way.’’

Af­ter com­plet­ing some of her teacher train­ing at Auck­land schools, she says she was look­ing for­ward to work­ing at a school where there were op­por­tu­ni­ties for a range of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

Matilda Cane is ex­cited to start her ca­reer as a pri­mary school teacher at To­tara North School.

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