The wellbeing of our staff and students is at the centre of everything we do. Our educators help all students experience success and feel valued. By building off their interests and applying real-world contexts to their learning, our students are engaged and challenged. We place a large emphasis on continual professional development to ensure that we are at the cutting edge of education and provide the best programmes for intermediate-aged learners.
- Specialists in emerging adolescence
- Student centred teaching
- We use a variety of approaches, materials and resources which acknowledge the diversity of learning needs at this age.
- Engaging, challenging and empowering young learners
- Actively and explicitly teach students to use specific tools to assist with their learning
Senior Leadership Team
I am a highly motivated, student-focused educational leader possessing a strong commitment to the development of students and staff. I am continually exploring modern learning practices and looking for ways to increase engagement and raise achievement by implementing 21st-century ideas through a pedagogy-first approach.
I love spending time with my family, mountain biking, and enjoying the outdoors.
I have been in education for over 20 years, as a teacher aide, a teacher, a team leader and a Deputy Principal. I started my life and career in New England, USA and have been in New Zealand since 2008, living and teaching in the Wairarapa and Wellington. In my career I have taught students from Years 1 through 13 at different times. Intermediate School is definitely my happy place. This is an age where educators can really make a difference, and I love working and interacting with intermediate students. My first love is History, and my great passion has become Science. I believe science education is crucial to learning important skills in the modern world. It’s also heaps of fun! In my free time I am part of the Wellington Astronomical Society, I play the drums, I do some home brewing, and I love spending time with my whānau and my dog Rocket.
Kaiārahi Ako Art & Design
Kia ora, ko Bridget Baker tōku ingoa. I am lucky to be part of Pārekareka as the art and design teacher. I believe I have the best job in the school. As an educator I am passionate to help students to express their learning and themselves using visual arts. I enjoy teaching using inquiry processes that allow students to make connections, create new understandings and dig deep into what they are learning about.
When I am not at school I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my dog Tui, creating in the kitchen, snowboarding and making time for family and friends.
Kaiārahi Ako Edible Design
Kia ora, I’m Shona Dowman and I have been working in the foods area of DPE for 30 plus years at Rāroa (18 of those in a Job Share arrangement). I am secondary trained specialising in Home Economics and Clothing and Textiles. I particularly enjoy working with this age group and I love seeing them discover new skills and talents.
Kaiārahi Ako Industrial Design
Ngā mihi nui. Ko Chris Bailey toku ingoa.
This is my tenth year at Rāroa Intermediate. Working in Industrial Design, I am privileged to provide students with the opportunity to design and create using a range of materials, learning a variety of skills around basic construction, as well as digital design. I am lucky enough to be able to teach students CAD (computer aided design) to use with 3D Printers, CNC Router, and my personal favourite (and often referred to as my “third child”), the Laser Cutters.
Speaking of children… I have two beautiful kids, Micah (13), and Charlotte (11) who is now a year 7 at Rāroa. My wife Kallie, as well as being a remarkable Mum, is a trained secondary school teacher and currently teaches English part time at a private tutoring centre. We are a very passionate vegan family, concerned with compassion for animals, protecting our environment and planet, and living the best, healthiest lifestyle possible.
I have many many interests. I LOVE anything football. I play for North Wellington AFC, and support the best team in the world – Liverpool FC (YNWA). I have coached the Rāroa Redhawks (boys football team) for nine years. I really enjoy music and have an eclectic range of musical interests. I play the drums, the didgeridoo, and dabble with the guitar (self-taught so don’t expect too much), as well as other various percussion instruments. Other than that, I enjoy home DIY, making things (lucky because I get to do it for a job), fitness and exercise recently discovering a passion for trail running, healthy eating, being outdoors, and anything that involves adrenalin.
Kaiārahi Ako Performing Arts
Kiā ora and warm Pasifika greetings! I co-lead Performing Arts at Rāroa. I am the Performing Arts kaiako/ teacher in Pārekareka. I teach other rōpu in the school as well. Pārekareka are a team of creative, talented and innovative teachers who take the Technology and Creative Arts programme for adolescents to another level and I feel very privileged to be a part of Pārekareka. I have a passion for ‘culturally responsive teaching’ which is largely concerned with making connections with how students think, and what they already know and can do, both in school and in their wider lives. I am a semi-professional singer and prefer recording in a studio to ‘live’ performances. Although I have many singing highlights, my most challenging singing experience was auditioning for the Australian cast of the Disney Musical “The Lion King”. It was a fabulous experience!
Kaiārahi Ako Creative Media
One of my favourite parts about teaching is that we get to change our “hats” to suit our focus. In the past my students and I have become Game Designers, Podcast Producers and Sports Team Coaches. I love pursuing project-based learning tasks with my team, and tapping into student interests. I’m really into reading, music, podcasts, film editing and baking things. I enjoy making and playing games, whether it’s on a console or a table top. My focus in Pārekareka is Creative Media which will have us look into everything from film making, audio production, to game design.
Kaiārahi Ako Digitech
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing sports and video games. I am a basketball fanatic and love listening to and playing music as well.
Rūma Rua 2
Behind the scenes I’m a massive fan of music, I play all types of sports and enjoy spending time with whānau. I’m very excited to continue teaching at Rāroa and support students to achieve their aspirations and become life-long learners.
Rūma Toru 3
Rūma Whā 4
I am passionate about inclusive classroom environments, as well as rich learning opportunities for students.
Outside of school, my hobbies include theatre, writing short stories, reading, exploring New Zealand, and baking whenever I get the chance! I’m really looking forward to this year and continuing my teaching journey. I am passionate about inclusive classroom environments, as well as rich learning opportunities for students.
Whai Wāhi Learning Leader
I absolutely love working alongside all of the innovative and passionate staff at Rāroa. Students grow so much during their time at intermediate and it is incredibly rewarding to support them to reach their potential. Every student is different and brings their own experiences, knowledge, and passions and it is exciting adapting learning to cater to their needs and interests. I enjoy keeping active, spending time with whanau and friends, and travelling to new places.
Rūma Rima 5 – Pou Matauranga Māori
Rūma Ono 6
I am a beginning Kaiako after graduating from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University.
This is my first year at Rāroa and I’m grateful to be joining an outstanding team within this Kura. I thoroughly enjoy working in such a collaborative and passionate environment and am excited to be sharing Rāroa’s core A.S.P.I.R.E values with our ākonga.
I’m passionate about learning, collaboration, growing as an individual and having a good time while doing it!
When I’m not in class I can often be found playing sports, making music or spending time outdoors.
Rūma Whitu 7
Rūma Waru 8
Kia Ora and Nihao, I’m Guanny Liu-Prosee. This is my 8th year teaching at the intermediate level, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! With a previous career in journalism, one of my passions is teaching all different genres of writing. Outside school, I’m a member of Playshop, an improv troupe in Wellington. I’m a proud founder and coach of Rāroa’s very own Instalaughs, and love using drama techniques to teach across the curriculum. I have two loud and bubbly little girls, and my eldest is starting at Cashmere Ave school this year.
Mōhio Learning Leader
Kia ora, my name is Aaron. I started with Rāroa in 2018, it is a fantastic school and I am humble to be part of such a progressive and successful school. I love teaching this age group. It is a special time in the development of the adolescent brain, which I can help shape to ensure they are successful, life-long long learners. I really love teaching and learning in a collaborative environment. Utilising the skills of others and providing a holistic education is so important in this day in age. I have many different passions with travel, spending time with family and time on the golf course being the top of my list.
Rūma Tekau 10
Rūma Tekau mā Tahi 11 – Manawanui Learning Leader
Rūma Tekau mā Rua 12
I love geography, science, and creative writing. I’m also passionate about the environment and still occasionally work at Wellington Zoo. The joy of connecting kids with each other and the world around them is my reason for teaching.
In my free time, I enjoy bush walks with my dog, swimming in the ocean, and hanging out with my cat.
Rūma Tekau mā Toru 13
Before teaching, I was privileged to have the opportunity to travel the world, playing water polo in a number of different countries. In my downtime, I keep myself busy with the gym, cooking, reading, and spending sunny weekends in the Wairarapa.
Rūma Tekau mā Whā 14
Kia ora everyone. I have had the privilege of teaching at Rāroa for nearly 20 years. I love working with young adolescents and supporting them through the sometimes rocky road of becoming a young adult. I enjoy the challenges and changes that teaching offers and being part of the community that is our school. Getting to know each child as an individual is very important to me, as is furthering their learning and development. I enjoy spending time with my family (pets included) and friends. I have a granddaughter who I am lucky enough to have living in Wellington. Reading is a passion and I enjoy gardening, love animals and watching sport.
Rūma Tekau mā Rima 15
Outside of school, I enjoy going to the gym, playing netball, and going out to eat. I love animals, especially dogs, my favourite pastime is going to the beach or park with my dog. I cannot wait for this year to start and for what it will bring!
Rūma Tekau mā Ono 16
Rūma Tekau mā Whitu 17 – Motuhake Learning Leader
Rūma Rua Tekau 20
Rūma Rua Tekau mā Tahi 21
Rūma Rua Tekau mā Rua 22
A real professional focus for me is student wellbeing. I enjoy working with students and implementing various ways to support them to understand and celebrate wellbeing strategies and ways to deal with anxiety and the stressors of day-to-day life. It has been an extreme privilege to see students navigate these pathways and encouraging to see the benefits of this mahi, filter through, in the school year.
Outside of school, I live with my fiancee Bill in Whitby. I am a regular walker in the area, enjoying the walkways in nature and swimming in the ocean.
I am so proud to be part of the Rāroa whānau and I cannot wait to see what 2023 will bring.
Rūma Rua Tekau mā Toru 23
Rūma Rua Tekau mā Rima 25
I am particularly passionate about literacy, and completed an English Literature degree in 2018 and spent many years working in a library. Additionally, I am one of the teachers who run our school book club. I am passionate about empowering and inspiring our tamariki through the power of reading.
Outside of school, I enjoy playing squash, reading, travelling and value spending quality time with whānau and friends.
Rūma Rua Tekau mā Ono 26
Whakaute Learning Leader
Kaiāwhina Kaiako & Groundsperson
Kaiawhina Pūkete/Accounts manager
Kaitaki Pukapuka/Library Manager & Executive Manager
I’ve worked as a teacher aide at Rāroa since 2019. I have loved being able to come up with creative solutions to help meet students’ unique needs. I also like the table tennis table in the staffroom.
I previously worked as a camp counsellor at summer camps in the United States, which gave me some of the skills and inspiration to work with kids back home.
Outside of work, I am studying Psychology at the Victoria University of Wellington and also spend my time volunteering, playing volleyball, and listening to music.
My name is Matt Scoble and I’m going into my 3rd year as a teacher aide at Rāroa. I grew up in Khandallah and went to St Pats College in town, leaving in 2019. I now study at Massey University and enjoy golf, basketball, and going to the beach in my time outside of school.
I enjoy seeing the buzz kids get when learning and understanding something new, and my aim is to help all kids grow and develop into the best versions of themselves. In the future, I’d love to be a professional cricketer but if that doesn’t happen, dog handling in the police force sounds pretty cool as well.
Guten Tag. My name is Marianne Dobie and I have been involved with libraries since I was a student librarian at Intermediate. I have worked in public libraries and government libraries as well as school libraries. I love reading and want to share this passion. I believe that reading for pleasure adds to your quality of life as it stretches the imagination, teaches empathy, and is a very portable hobby.
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Learning Support Staff
Reading, gardening, family, and friends are my passions outside of work, especially when teamed up with a good cup of coffee!
Kaiako Reo Pākehā/ELL Teacher
I came to Rāroa in 1979 as a part-time teacher, have taught full time and now am part time again. Along with five principals, dozens of teachers, and hundreds of students I have spoken many words about the weather that is experienced on top of the hill we stand on. I believe firmly that this climate has given us all character that stands us in good stead for environments anywhere.
My interests away from teaching are reading, gardening, baking, craftwork, and giving time in the community; currently with refugees.
Kaiako Matauranga Whakahirahira/SENCO & Learning Support
Married with a young daughter, my own passions include horse-riding, travel, history, art history, literature, cooking, and dining.
I am currently working part-time at Rāroa in the role of SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), working with classroom teachers and outside agencies to support our ākonga. I also liaise with colleges and contributing schools to support transitions.
My teaching career at Rāroa, so far, has been full of energy and inspiration both from staff and students. I am happiest in the classroom when I can teach through rich, project-based learning and see passion and persistence grow in my students. Before I trained as a teacher, I worked towards a master’s degree in zoology and ecology. Animals, the environment, and science are huge passions of mine and the reason I run the enviro group here at Rāroa. I truly believe that “education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela.
I grew up in Napier in sunny Hawkes Bay then moved to windy Wellington to attend Vic Uni gaining my teaching degree and have been here since.
A bit about me outside of school; I married my husband Jackson in February 2020, we own an energetic Tri Merle Border Collie called Simba and as of March 2021 our beautiful baby girl Oakleigh has joined our family.
I love sushi, coffee, travel, camping, board games, doing DIY around our house and spending time with family & friends.
In my time at Rāroa I've led Nga Hau e Wha o te Rāroa (our Houses), been the Rawhiti House Leader, an Aerobics Coordinator and on the Performing Arts Team. For a majority of last year I was away on maternity leave so it will be great flexing my brain being back in the classroom and working part time.