Pokeno School

Ruru Whanau

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

Jessica McGrath

Room 1 (NE / Yr1)



General Information

Kia Ora,

My name is Jessica McGrath and I am very excited to be teaching in Room 1.

My husband and I have been members of the Pokeno community for over 4 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 so far.

Liz O'Brien

Room 2 (Yr 1/2)



General Information


My Name is Liz O'Brien and I am excited to be teaching in Room 2. This is my first year at Pokeno School and I have been teaching for around 10 years, predominately in the junior area.

I am passionate about the arts and literacy and enjoy bringing this into the classroom. In my spare time I like spending time with my family and friends.

I look forward to teaching your children this year and supporting them in their learning journey.

Courtney Senn

Room 3 (Yr 1)



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 2)



General Information

Kia Ora,

I’m Tracey McVeigh and I’m excited to be teaching in Room 4 this year.

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 students and their families, celebrating their successes together.

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