About Te Whare Totara
The name Totara was chosen for our pre-school room because it symbolises respect. Respect for our children, whanau and teachers is a cornerstone of our centre values. Just like the creatures of the forest, we aim to empower our community of learners to learn and grow.
When your children come to Totara Pre-School, they will encounter teachers with passions in a wide range of areas. Through planning and review our teachers consistently strive for excellence in our programme so that we extend our children's knowledge and interests while respecting our whanau's aspirations for their children's learning.
We have a strong Transition to School programme. This involves encouraging literacy and numeracy knowledge, independence and respect for others. We received very positive feedback from the schools about our children's knowledge and willingness to learn, and their general readiness for school.
We recognise our children's interests and skills and promote their sense of personal achievement. We aim for them to have a sense of "who they are" and a perception of themselves as capable learners- able to acquire new interests and abilities.
We have a really awesome natural outside environment which is designed to extend children's physical skills, and let them have adventures and make discoveries.We always have lots of fun while learning.
Ko Kathy toku ingoa and I joined SPELC in August 2011. When I completed my Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education in 1998 I began working in the Playcentre environment. Transitioning from there in 2011 I found to my delight the same family atmosphere at SPELC. I love working with the 2 and 3 year olds, as the days are busy with a variety of happenings creating some amazing learning. Another bonus is all the wonderful friendships I have made and will continue to make as I share learning journeys with the children and their whanau.
I have been working at SPELC since 2005. I have had an awesome stint in Dubai which I really enjoyed before returning to SPELC. My interests include, hunting, fishing, car/motor bike racing, hanging out with family and friends, working around my house, my car and music, I love music!