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“I love the outdoors and can often be found outside either at the beach or walking trails. My goals this year are to try new challenges, I would like to be able to complete a 50km trail walk, and learn to do some tricks on skis. I believe that everything is possible if you have the right mindset, the right attitude, have learnt the necessary skills, and have great support around you. My mantra is never give up, keep trying and be Resilient”

Ruth Taylor - Head of Senior

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Tuakana Team

The Tuakana team comprises all of the staff and children related to Years 5 and 6 at Gulf Harbour School. 


Ruth Taylor is the Head of the Senior school and part of the Leadership team at Gulf Harbour. She helps to coordinate the ‘bigger picture’, including camps, leadership and EOTC ( Education outside the classroom), and oversees our Teaching and Learning Programmes.


Year Six is made up of three teaching staff: 

Nathan Hanwell who is our Head of Teaching and Learning for the Tuakana Whanau and who works to promote Citizenship and Leadership programmes throughout our senior school. Kirsten Kiata, who is our school Maths Lead teacher and Laura Thrush, who is our Cultural Lead.


Our Year Five team is made up of three teaching staff:  

Chelsey Trautvetter, who is our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) expert who guides our focus on student wellbeing and art programmes. Ruth Trevathan, who is our resident Science expert and is the Whole School Curriculum Lead Teacher, plus Helen Cammell, who oversees Digital Technology across the school.

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"Don't just tell children about the world. Show them



"Wonder is the beginning of wisdom"



"Young people aren't the leaders of tomorrow. They are the leaders of today and tomorrow.



"Don't prepare the path for the child", prepare the child for the path."

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