Pokeno School

Ruru Whanau

Year 2
Rooms 6, 7, 8 & 10
Whanau Leader - Mrs Laura Turton

Courtney Senn

Rm 6 (Yr 2)



General Information

Kia Ora,

My name is Courtney Senn and I will be teaching in Room 6 this year as a part of the Ruru Whanau. I have been teaching within the junior curriculum for ten years, specialising in Music, Drama, Dance and Visual arts. I live in Tuakau and have two Pomeranians called Toby and Daisy. I am excited to start the new year!

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.

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

Tracey McVeigh

Rm 7 (Yr 2)



General Information

Kia Ora,

I’m Tracey McVeigh and I’m excited to be teaching in Room 7 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.

Laura Turton

Rm 8 (Yr 2)



General Information

My name is Laura Turton and I love being a teacher at Pokeno School.

I am thrilled to be a Year 2 teacher supporting the children on their learning journey. I am the Whanau Leader of Ruru Whanau. You will find me in Room 8 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 26 and Jamie who is 15.

I am an experienced teacher of 23 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!

Sue Borrie

Rm 10 (Yr 2/3)



General Information

My name is Sue Borrie and I am excited to be a teacher at Pokeno School.

I have a Year 2/3 class in Room 10 ( Ruru whanau). Prior to this position I was teaching as a day to day reliever at various local school for 3 terms in 2022. I had resigned from a position in a country school that year.

We moved from Howick to Pokeno seven years ago, after building our home.
I am married to Malcolm and we have 4 adult children, who have children of their own.

I have taught for many years and went back fulltime after a 14 year break to bring up my children. My specialty has been new Entrants to Year 2 and I enjoy teaching the Arts which includes Visual Art, Music and Dance.

My outside activities include coffees, walking, tramping and travel. But my greatest passion is keeping in touch with my children and grandchildren.

I have also become a student of history, especially from the Middle East and Europe. As part of my travels I have holidayed in the UK and Israel.

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