Te Mānia

Te Mānia – The Flat land

After leaving the township the drop of water (kopata wai) winds its way through the flat land (Te Mānia) learning about the wonders of the world and building on its knowledge as it continues its journey to the sea.

Room 22: Kerry Knap & Kate Hunt

Kerry Knap
Kia Ora,

My name is Kerry Knap and I share the care of Room 22 with Kate Hunt.

I have worked at Raumati Beach School part-time on and off for 10 years now, around raising my 2 daughters with my husband Stefan and further study. I started my teaching career at Island Bay School in Wellington in 2005, where I returned in 2019 and 2020 in Leadership Roles.

I’m excited to be back in Kapiti now, enjoying all that the beautiful coast has to offer. In my spare time I love to spend time at the beach walking our 2 dogs, hiking, musical Theatre and generally enjoying our great outdoors.
Kate Hunt
Kia ora koutou,
My name is Kate Hunt, and I am excited to be joining Kerry Knap as teacher in Room 22.
I have lived on the Kapiti Coast with my husband and our 3 children, since 2019, and have taught at Raumati South and Kapiti Primary Schools. 
I began my teaching career at Avalon Primary School in Lower Hutt, which was also my own primary school, many years ago! 
Since then, we have lived in Melbourne, Feilding, Auckland, and most recently Brunei in 2020. We love the opportunity to travel as a family, and enjoy new experiences and adventures. 
Now that we’re back in Wellington and settled in Paraparaumu Beach, I enjoy spending time with friends and our large extended family, as well as getting out and enjoying everything the beautiful Kapiti Coast has to offer.

Team Lead, Room 23: Dave Clare

Hi my name is David Clare, I am the Board of Trustees Staff Rep, Team Leader for Te Mania 3,4, and teacher in Room 23.

My family and I have lived in Raumati for the past 16 years with all 3 of my children having spent their primary years at Raumati Beach School before moving onto College. As both a parent and a teacher at RBS for the past 6 years, I really enjoy the environment RBS provides for our tamariki. We have a great team here.
Outside of school, I love anything to do with the sea and getting into nature. I always have a DIY project of some sort on the go.

Before becoming a classroom teacher, I was a musician either singing or drumming for bands in Wellington and teaching music within schools across Wellington.

Room 24: Rosie Powell

Hi my name is Rosie, I teach in Room 24.

I love the great community feel that Raumati Beach School has, it really makes it a great place to teach.

I have been teaching for 16 years, from New Entrants to Year 7s and some ESOL work as well. I believe strongly in the need to foster real relationships with children in order to allow the best learning to occur.

I am a fluent French speaker and lived in New Caledonia for three years. I am Mum to three adult children, all at University. In my spare time I love playing tennis, walking with my partner and lovely dog and I enjoy reading.

Room 25: Jenna Clark-Hannah

Tēnā koutou e te whanau

Ko wai au?
Nō Ingarangi, nō Koterangi, nō Nga Moutere o Shetland ōku tūpuna.
Ko Ngāti Tiriti te Iwi.
Ko Raukawa te moana.
Ko Tarikaka te maunga.
Ko Te Awakairangi Te awa.
I whanau ai au i Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
Kei Tawa au e noho ana.
He kaiako ahau.
Ko Jenna Clark-Hannah tāku ingoa.

I am so excited to be a part of the team at Raumati Beach School! 
I have always loved working with children and so the decision to become a teacher was an easy one. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Anthropology before doing the Graduate Diploma of Primary Teaching in 2010. I have taught across the primary year levels through being a classroom teacher for New Entrants up to Year Four and Years Five to Eight through extracurricular activities, such as Dance Splash and Kapa Haka. I have a passion for Te Ao Māori and have done classes through Te Ataarangi. This year I am continuing my journey as a learner through Te Wananga O Aotearoa.

I look forward to getting to know the wonderful tamariki and whanau of Te Kura O Raumati.

Room 26: Mariee Mear

Mariee graduated from Massey University in 1999 and has work in several schools in the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua areas working with New Entrants to Year Four. 
She has a special interest in teaching younger children, helping them build confidence in their own ability both academically and socially. 
In her spare time, Mariee enjoys reading and spending time with her extended family. She also has a passion for horses and ponies and loves to spend time at the local riding school or going to gymkhanas.