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Mahuri Team

The Mahuri Learning Team is made up of eight Year 4-6 classes.

Jo Keane

Mrs Jo Keane - Mahuri Team Leader - Rata Leader
Mahuri Rata 3 - Year 5/6

Sharon Heeman

Mrs Sharon Heeman
Mahuri Rata 1 - Year 4

Angelina Bourke

Mrs Angelina Stearn
Mahuri Rata 2 - Year 4/5

Fiona Bester

Mrs Fiona Bester
Mahuri Rata 4 - Year 6

Shallie Doney

Mrs Shallie Doney - Kowhai Leader
Mahuri Kowhai 4 - Year 6

Andrea Woolford

Mrs Andrea Woolford
Mahuri Kowhai 1 - Year 4

Kristyn Ferry

Miss Kristyn Ferry
Mahuri Kowhai 2 - Year 4/5

Mat Jenkins

Mr Mat Jenkins
Mahuri Kowhai 3 - Year 5/6

The Mahuri Team is made up of eight Year 4-6 homerooms / ngâhere

Mahuri Rata
Mahuri Rata 3 - Mrs Jo Keane - Mahuri Team Leader / Rata Hub Leader
Mahuri Rata 1 - Mrs Sharon Heeman
Mahuri Rata 2 - Mrs Angelina Stearn
Mahuri Rata 4
 - Mrs Fiona Bester

Hub Kowhai
Mahuri Kowhai 4 - Mrs Shallie Doney - Kowhai Hub Leader
Mahuri Kowhai 1 - Mrs Andrea Woolford
Mahuri Kowhai 2 - Miss Kristyn Ferry
Mahuri Kowhai 3
 - Mr Mat Jenkins 


In the Mahuri team we aim to build on from the foundations of literacy acquisition established in the Tipu team. We approach literacy via a variety of avenues grouping according to ability and needs.  Students engage in learning experiences based upon current topics and texts that relate to our inquiry. 


The teaching of Numeracy remains a focus in the Mahuri team. We also teach within the other strands of Geometry, Measurement, Algebra and Statistics throughout the year (these are a minor focus).  Our timetables provide an hour for quality learning time.  Resources to build on and enrich programmes will continue to be purchased or made by parent helpers.

Inquiry Learning

Planning for the teaching of inquiry learning is a major focus in the Mahuri team. We follow the Ashgrove Inquiry Model of:

  • Discover
  • Question and Plan
  • Gather and Filter
  • Create and Communicate
  • Reflect

Teachers collaborate together as a team to plan learning experiences in Science, Social Science and Technology.  Planning and preparation will be shared according to strengths and interests.  Implementation of learning will be simultaneous with both hubs, allowing for cross hub support and sharing of resources. Where possible, Te Reo and sign language is integrated as part of daily practice.

Health & Physical Education

Health and Physical education continues to be an important component of our programmes for 2016.  We have timetabled skill teaching lessons taken each alternate Thursday/Friday by the North Canterbury Sports and Recreation Trust as well as daily fitness programmes.  Health units will be covered throughout the year with Kia Kaha being our focus in Term 2 and Nutrition / First Aid / Puberty the focus in Term 4. During Term 4 we also conduct our annual Safe Cycling unit where Year 6 children in our team get to experience cycling safely in a variety of contexts on the roads surrounding our school as well as taking part in drills in the school grounds. 

We have a whole school focus on the value of Ashgrove STAR - Service, Trust, Attitude, Responsibility and Respect.

The Arts

Visual Art

Visual art may be integrated with the current topic or taught as a separate curriculum area depending on the skills needing to be covered.

Music, Dance and Drama

Students are provided with experiences in music, dance and drama throughout the year.  This is often integrated in our major inquiry unit, but can also be taught separately.

Many aspects of these disciplines are covered in daily programmes and weekly planning.  The Mahuri team participate enthusiastically in fitness regularly - a great way to invigorate ourselves for our work ahead. 

Education Outside the Classroom

Term 1

  • Year 5 Activity Day - Waipara Outdoor Adventure Centre, Monday 6th March
  • Year 4 Activity Day - Waipara Outdoor Adventure Centre, Tuesday 7th March
  • Year 6 Activity Day - Waipara Outdoor Adventure Centre, Wednesday 8th March
  • Swimming Sports - 22nd February
  • Celebration Assembly 1.45pm

Term 2   

  • Kia Kaha
  • Cross Country
  • Rata Swimming Lessons (Tuesday)

Term 3    

  • Football Coaching 

Term 4

  • Athletics Day
  • Safe Cycling

Events to which parents are invited (check calendar for dates)

Term 1

  • Parent Information Evening - Monday 13th February 7-7.30pm
  • Meet & Greet - Monday 20th February & Thursday 23rd February
  • Swimming Sports - Wednesday 22nd February
  • Mahuri Opening - Friday 10th March 10am

Term 2

  • Cross Country

Term 3

  • Mid-year Learning Conferences

Term 4

  • Athletic Sports
  • Parent Information Evening related to our Positive Puberty Unit (Year 6 only)
  • Safe Cycling (Year 6 only)

Reporting to Parents

  • 20th & 23rd February - Goal Setting
  • Term 2 - Mid Year Report
  • Term 3 - Learning Conferences
  • December - End of Year Report

Learning Team Newsletter

Beginning each new term to outline upcoming programmes and advise parents of trips, additional programmes or changes within the team and to celebrate successes.  A copy of this will be given to each student in our learning team as well as being put on the school website for parents information.


A whole school assembly will take place every second Friday at 9.00am in the hall.  A Mahuri team assembly will take place throughout the term.  we will advise of these events via email or newsletter.  Please look out for it - you are most welcome to attend.