Pokeno School

Ruru Whanau

New Entrant - Year 2
Rooms 1 - 4
Whanau Leader - Mrs Turton

Laura Turton

Room 1 (NE / Yr 1)



General Information

My name is Laura Turton and I am really excited about being a teacher at Pokeno School.

I am thrilled to be a New Entrant teacher who starts all the new students on their learning journey. I am looking forward to leading the junior school whanau - The Ruru Whanau. You will find me in Room 1 with a welcoming smile.

I moved to Pokeno with my family in 2016 and thoroughly love being part of the Pokeno community. I am married to Shaun and have two beautiful daughters, Jessie-lee who is 22 and Jamie who is 11.

I am an experienced teacher of 20 years and I have a real passion for teaching. I believe building positive relationships and developing a fun and safe learning environment are essential in order for children achieve in their learning. I love to have fun with my students and believe laughter is an important part of the classroom.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and to go for walks. I love reading and take every opportunity to read a book. I also love spending time at Waihi Beach with all of my family.

I am really looking forward to getting to know you all a little more during the year!

Jessica McGrath

Room 2 (Yr 1/2)



General Information

Kia Ora,

My name is Jessica McGrath and I am very excited to be teaching in Room 2 this year.

My husband and I have been members of the Pokeno community for over 3 years along with our two daughters and two fur babies (cats!), and we thoroughly enjoy living here.

I have spent the last several years teaching in the upper end of primary school where I developed a passion for the Arts, Te Reo and integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and, Mathematics (STEM) into the curriculum.

I have grown up in many different places around the North Island but my home town is Kerikeri.
In my spare time, I enjoy road trips, entertaining and spending time with my friends and family.

It's a privilege to be able to support your children through their learning journey and look forward to getting to know you this year.

Courtney Senn

Room 3 (Yr 1/2)



General Information

Kia Ora,

My name is Courtney Senn and I will be teaching in Room 3 this year as a part of the Ruru Whanau. I have been teaching within the junior curriculum for five years, spending one year focusing on Music, Drama, Dance and Visual arts. I have recently moved to Tuakau and I am excited to learn more about Pokeno and its wonderful community.

I am passionate about the Arts and enjoy fostering a love of creativity in the classroom. I work hard to encourage a positive and fun classroom where students feel valued.

In my spare time, I love to paint, sing, foster kittens and cats from the SPCA and volunteer at the local drama association.

I look forward to working together and getting to know you all.

Tracey McVeigh

Room 4 (Yr 3/4)



General Information

Kia Ora,

I’m Tracey McVeigh and I’m excited to be joining Pokeno School and Room 4 this term.

I’m originally from Hamilton and have lived in Pukekohe for several years after living and working in the UK. Living in London gave me the opportunity to travel extensively through Europe visiting many amazing places. But there is no place like home.

I’m an experienced teacher, and have spent many years working in South Auckland. I have a passion for teaching and learning and especially enjoy watching students grow in independence as learners and having those ‘aha’ moments.

In my spare time, I like to be with my family and friends, being active - walking and cycling, travelling and ‘upcycling’ old furniture.

I look forward to getting to know the students and their families, celebrating their successes together.

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