48 Seddon Street
Rangiora 7400
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Tipu Team

Our team consists of six classrooms

Tipu Team

Leona Starkey

Miss Leona Starkey - Learning Team Leader
Tipu 2 - Year 2/3

Abby Washington

Miss Abby Washington
Tipu 1 - Year 2/3

Bridget Du Plessis

Mrs Bridget du Plessis
Tipu 3 - Year 2/3

Kylie Forrest

Miss Kylie Forrest
Tipu 4 - Year 2/3

Fiona St John

Miss Fiona St John
Tipu 5 - Year 2/3

Janelle Snazell

Mrs Janelle Snazell
Tipu 6 - Year 2/3


The Tipu Team is made up of six classes working collaboratively

Tipu Team
Tipu 2 - Miss Leona Starkey - Learning Team Leader
Tipu 1 - Miss Abby Washington
Tipu 3 - Mrs Bridget du Plessis
Tipu 4 - Miss Kylie Forrest
Tipu 5 - Miss Fiona St John
Tipu 6 - Mrs Janelle Snazell 

Innovative Learning Practice

As a school we are implementing our new learning model developing the values of being an Ashgrove STAR by encouraging and sustaining the values of  service, trust, attitude, respect / responsibility through becoming confident, collaborative and creative learners in the essence of our school vision statement, Growing Together for Success.  These values are embedded in our daily teaching and learning activities.  

We use a themed approach for our collaborative planning and implementation of units.  We are developing the early skills for Inquiry Learning according to the National Curriculum.   Time is made available at our team meetings to discuss ideas and strategies to best support all learners.

Planning for the teaching of inquiry/thinking skills is a major focus in topic work which integrates science, social studies, technology and arts based curriculum areas. We aim to ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are covered in a two year cycle. Literacy, Numeracy remain key focus areas for development in the Junior school.

Innovative practice highlights the importance of student led learning under the guidance of teachers and parents / caregivers. It embraces the five key competencies which focus on self-management, being an active learner, co-operating and collaborating with others and applying problem solving skills. Children are encouraged to reflect on their learning by considering where they have achieved success and what their next focus is. Throughout the day we focus on these competencies and arrange learning opportunities in the best and most practical way to support the needs of our learners. We continually reflect and refine our practice to continue along this changing educational landscape.


All lessons in literacy work towards developing the following skills.

Oral Language

  • Speaking and Listening

Written Language

  • Writing and reading

Visual Language

  • Viewing and Presenting
  • Handwriting

The Language Learning Processes

  • Exploring Language
  • Thinking Critically
  • Processing Information


We focus on the core skills and strategies as set out by the National Numeracy Project.  The other strands including Statistics, Geometry and Measurement are also covered throughout the year.

Te Reo Māori

Te reo (language) and tikanga (customs and protocols) are taught in our team. The learning includes waiata, correct pronunciation and the children learning their own mihi (personal greeting).  We also have a Junior Kapahaka group which runs on Tuesday afternoon beginning late in Term 1.

Health & Physical Education

Health and Physical Education continues to be an important component of our programmes for 2017.   As well as timetabled Physical Education lessons and daily fitness or jump jam sessions, classes will have a 30 minute skill teaching session each fortnight taken by instructors from the North Canterbury Sports and Recreation Trust.

In Term 2 we have swimming instruction timetabled for Fridays.  This is generously subsidised by Mainpower and North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust. 

Health units are part of our school wide integrated topic.  In Term 2 we have the Life Education Trust visiting.

The Arts

Visual Art

Visual art may be integrated with the current topic or taught as a separate curriculum area depending on the skills needing to be covered.

There is a focus on the use of different media each term with sketching and drawing being taught as part of visual art across the whole year.

Music, Dance and Drama

There will be an emphasis on the different arts strands of dance, music and drama over the year.

Many aspects of these disciplines are covered in daily programmes and weekly planning.

Assemblies and End of Term Celebrations

At the end of each term the Tipu team will host a celebration assembly where parents and whanau are welcome to come and join in the successes of the term.  A notice will be sent out prior to this to inform parents of the date for the term.


At the beginning of each new term a newsletter will be emailed home to outline upcoming programmes and advise parents of trips, additional programmes or changes within the team.  A copy of this will be put on the school website for parents information.  We will also be using see-saw where parents will have electronic access to view their child's work.  This will be implemented before the end of Term 1.


In line with the school policy children will have daily reading and a weekly spelling activity. Study ladder is also available for children in the Tipu team to access if you require extra resources for use at home.

Parent Contact

As classroom teachers we are happy to discuss any needs or concerns your child may have throughout the year.  To do this thoroughly please take the time to make an appointment that suits us both.  We thank you for your continued support in helping us make the most of your child's opportunities to learn successfully.

Useful websites

There are a number of useful websites to help you to support your child's education.

Ministry of Education - http://parents.education.govt.nz/

Maths - http://nzmaths.co.nz/faqs-families