Haere ra Whaea Jamie

On a warm summer's day in February 2012 Jamie walked into Linton Camp School looking for work.  Jamie had recently graduated from a teacher training programme in Whakatane and had shifted with her partner and two small children into a Defence house in Bells Road.  That visit was the start of a great story that ends tomorrow with Jamie leaving the staff.

Over the time Jamie has been a teacher at Linton Camp School she has taught pretty much everywhere except perhaps Year Seven and Eight.  Her first classes were Year Five and Six students before moving to take on Year Two and Three students.  Her latest teaching assignment has been in the bilingual class, teaching students in Years One to Three.

Additionally, to her class responsibilities Jamie has held many other roles including being the Teacher in Charge of Writing and the leader of our kapa haka group.  She ran Linton’s Got Talent, was our union site rep, organised social events was even in charge of Lost Property for a while.  In the last twelve months Jamie has been our Junior Team Leader, Special Needs Co-ordinator and a member of our Senior Leadership Team.

Jamie has developed into an amazing teacher.  She is caring and thoughtful towards her students and their whanau.  She has delivered really interesting programmes of work that her students have been really interested in.  Being the bilingual teacher has allowed her passion for Te Ao Måori to flourish and her class has really benefited from this.

From a staff perspective we have really benefited from her enthusiasm for Te Reo, waiata, kapa haka and Te Ao Måori.  We have sung, recited and listened with rapt attention under tutelage in many staff meetings.  It was like sitting at the feet of a wise Kuia.  We will miss this a lot.

It is a mark of her hard work and passion that Core Education have offered an important role with them.  Core provides professional development support to schools and Jamie will be working with Maori Medium schools in Hawkes Bay and on the East Coast.  Our loss will be their gain.

Whåiate iti

Kahurangi ki te tuohu

Koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly, 

If you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

Geoff Franks


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