Team Ruru, named after the native New Zealand owl, also known as the Morepork, is taught by Miss Ella Scott and Miss Amelia Hopkins.
Last year Ella finished her teaching degree in Dunedin and has come to Middlemarch to join our enthusiastic team. Ella has curriculum strengths in English and PE, as well as a passion for Visual Arts, Music and Te Reo Māori, which she integrates across other curriculum areas. Through building whanaungatanga (positive relationships) with her students, Ella focuses on their individual interests and learning needs, creating an engaging and learning-focused classroom environment.
Amelia is an experienced teacher with a passion for teaching hands-on science and creative maths lessons. She works every Friday and brings a fantastic energy and enthusiasm into the classroom with her creative lessons. Amelia 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
Lisa Bankshaw is the permanent teacher of Team Ruru and is on leave after being awarded a national study grant for the rest of 2022. Lisa has been at Strath Taieri School, on and off whilst having a family, since she graduated from Teachers College in 2005. She has taught in all classrooms and ages across the school but enjoys teaching in the middle classroom most of all. Lisa is passionate about Literacy learning, and loves the can-do attitude of country kids who give anything a go.