Kia ora and welcome to the Matanga Hapori!

Specialist classes provide a wide range of varied learning opportunities for our students at The Gardens School.  Our Specialist teachers are passionate about their area of expertise and strive to create fun and exciting learning experiences for our students. 

Miss Kate Watson is our P.E. Specialist teacher, she will be taking each class for P.E. lessons.  She also organises and co-ordinates teams for inter-school sporting events.

Mrs Yolande Mathlay is our ESOL expert - her role is to help and facilitate the learning of those for whom English is their second language.  

Mrs Grace Saleupolu teaches Music and Movement to all our students Year 0-8.

Mrs Lily Bradshaw is our Chinese Language Teacher.  She teaches Chinese Language and she also runs an after school Chinese language programme. 

Mrs Karen Davies is our Enviro Specialist.  She loves getting students into the school garden and looking after our local environment and community.

Mrs Lisa Cosford will be leading a 'Well-Being' programme which will be looking at the Hauora/Health and well-being of our students through targeted lessons when required and learning through Mindfulness, Yoga, and other therapeutic activities.   

Mrs Viv Lee will be teaching Spanish and Mrs Carol Kent continues to teach Visual Arts.

We are excited in 2021 to be also offering a range of other learning opportunities to support our students in learning across the curriculum.  

We are really looking forward to working alongside our students this year to help create, grow and foster a love of learning all things new and different!