Pokeno School

Tui Whanau - Years 2-3

Years 2-3
Whanau Leader - Mrs Laura Turton

Sally Holmes
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Rm 12



General Information

Kia Ora

I trained to be a teacher in the UK and moved to NZ in 2007. Apart from taking a short break, when I had my two wonderful children, I have been teaching ever since. I joined the Pokeno School team in the middle of 2023. This year, I am very excited to be the Room 12 teacher in Tui Whanau with a class of wonderful Year 2 and 3 children.

Nga mihi

Whaea Sally

Laura Turton
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Rm 14



General Information

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

I am thrilled to be a Year 2/3 teacher supporting the children on their learning journey. I am the Whanau Leader of Tui Whanau. You will find me in Room 14 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 27 and Jamie who is 16.

I am an experienced teacher of 24 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!

Hannah van Tiel
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Rm 15



General Information

Kia ora! My name is Hannah van Tiel and I am excited to be teaching in Room 15 this year.

I have only just recently graduated from the University of Auckland in July of last year, so Pokeno School is the first school I have taught at as a beginning teacher.

Since completing my degree, I have recently moved back home with my family in Bombay, after living for a couple of years in Auckland City while completing my studies. I grew up in the area and attended Bombay Primary School, so I am enjoying living in the area once again.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family (including my two dogs), netball, baking and travelling.

Karen Foord
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Rm 16



General Information

Kia Ora

I am excited to be teaching a year 3 class in Room 16 this year. I have a BSc in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

I grew up in West Auckland and relocated to the Franklin area after returning from 5 years travel based in London. I live locally in the Franklin area with my 3 school aged children, and two fur children.

I enjoy outdoor experiences with my family, walks, reading, paddleboarding, music, photography, and learning.

I look forward to a fantastic year with our Pokeno School learners and their whãnau.

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