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Team Ruru, named after the native New Zealand owl, also known as the Morepork, is taught by Miss Amelia Hopkins


Miss Hopkins is an experienced teacher with a passion for teaching hands-on science and creative maths lessons. She works Tuesday to Friday. On a Monday, and Thursday afternoon Ruru join with Team Pīwakawaka. Mis Hopkins brings a fantastic energy and enthusiasm into the classroom with her creative lessons. Miss Hopkins has three children at Strath Taieri School herself and enjoys the rural lifestyle and our energetic young learners.

In Team Ruru, they have a focus on developing not only the curriculum skills, but themselves holistically. Striving towards becoming the best versions of themselves, while embracing their individual uniqueness.

Every day we have core instruction in the following areas:


-Structured Literacy aimed at developing reading, writing and spelling skills


- Mathematics instruction often using Numicon


- Inquiry/Topic which we integrate into our literacy and numeracy curriculum


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