Team Kapiti (Yrs 7 & 8)

Kapiti – Join

As the (kopata wai) drop of water moves towards Kapiti Island it is pulled into the sky by the sun (ra) and taken to the peak of the island where it is dropped. From the peak of the island (Tuteremoana) the water drop (kopata wai) is able to look out across the Tasman Sea and imagine the wonders of the world and learns that its journey into the world is just beginning and that it will continue to grow and gather knowledge as it ventures into the world beyond the Kapiti Coast.

The Year 7 & 8 team is made up of seven classes: Rooms 12, 13 ,14, 15, 16, 17 & 18.

Room 12: Charlotte Kerrigan & Nicole Stark

I started my teaching career at Raumati Beach school as a beginning teacher in 2001. I taught all over the school and then specialised as a performing arts teacher, teaching in Kapiti schools as well as teaching music in Wellington.

I love playing in my blues and jazz covers band Bluesette and writing music.

It is so lovely to be back in the RBS community and team teaching with Nicole Stark. I am in the class alternate Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while Nicole teaches Thursdays and Fridays, and the other Mondays.


I am delighted to be working in Room 12 with Charlotte this year. I have taught a range of year levels since starting out in 2013, but my heart lies in Team Kapiti with the Year 7/8’s.

Outside school I love brunching with friends, adding to my Lego collection and playing board games. Most of the time though, you will find me spending time with my own children, particularly outdoors on our bikes, paddle board, at the park or on a walking track.

Room 13: Karen McKay

I started my teaching career ‘many, many’ years ago at Raumati Beach School and have been privileged to work with many amazing teachers and students throughout this time. I love getting stuck into curriculum and I have enjoyed leading mathematics and science at Raumati Beach, particularly appreciating the effect success in these areas can have on the students. 

My own three children all came through Raumati Beach School and they have all now left home to pursue their own careers and adventures. This has left my husband and I with plenty of ‘tidy’ space and lots of quiet! 
In my down time I love reading, shopping and hanging out with my family and friends. 

Room 14: Charlotte Visser

My name is Charlotte Visser, I am a year 7 teacher in Room 14 this year. This is my first year of teaching after completing my bachelor degree at the University of Waikato last year. I am so excited to be working here at Raumati Beach School and have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far. I live in Waikanae with my 6 month old puppy Korra.

I grew up in the Sunny region of Northland in a small, beach town called Ruakaka. Here grew my love for the outdoors as we spent most weekends swimming, tramping, and exploring our beautiful country.

Teaching has always been something I am passionate about and I am thrilled to bring this passion and to instill my love for learning to the students here at Raumati Beach.

Room 15: Natasha Thornton

Room 16: Natalie Stone

I have been teaching in the Year 3 & 4 Syndicate for a number of years and have now moved up to Year 7 & 8. I feel very privileged to work with such a fabulous team of talented teachers and children! Prior to 2015 I was a Relief Teacher teaching across the ages at Raumati Beach School and other schools on the Kapiti Coast while my own two children were little. 

Before I became a Teacher I was a Registered Nurse for approximately five years where I worked in a number of specialty areas.
I have a passion and excitement for children and learning, I believe in encouraging children to be involved and inquisitive learners. I am focused on my students achieving to their potential both inside and outside the classroom and I strive to prepare children the best that I can for life. 
When it comes to the great outdoors and sport, I try to inspire children through the sharing of some of my accomplishments and interests such as; running (one marathon was enough!) a 100km Oxfam walk and my love of snow skiing. 
I also have a love and passion for languages (I can speak German) and have been lucky enough to be part of a group of teachers on the Kapiti Coast learning and teaching Mandarin Chinese which is proving to be a fantastic challenge.I look forward to getting to know you and your child at Raumati Beach School! 

Team Lead, Room 17: Rose Adams

Nō Airani, Nō Kotirana ōku tipuna 

I whānau ai au i Rangiora i Waitaha

Ko Waimakariki te awa
Ko Poho-raka-hua te maunga
Ko Kapuka te whenua
Kei Peka Peka e noho ana ināianei

Ko Rose Adams tōku ingoa

Kia ora koutou, 

My whānau and I (my husband and our 4 children) moved to the Kāpiti area at the beginning of 2019. We love the community, the beaches and the beautiful local walks. 

I enjoy teaching across the curriculum, with a particular passion for students to develop their curiosity through inquiry learning. I enjoy fostering a supportive environment where students can share and discuss their ideas and learn alongside each other. 

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, doing a spot of gardening, reading, hitting the op-shops (so many bargains to be had!) and enjoying getting out in the sunshine.

Room 18: Jo Fothergill

Tēnā koutou katoa

No Ingarangi me Tenemaka ōku tīpuna
Ko Te Hemo-a-Te Atonga te whenua tupu
Ko Te Mata Peak te maunga te rū nei taku ngākau
Ko Tukituki te awa e mahea nei aku māharahara
Ko Kapiti e noho ana inaianei
Ko Jo taku ingoa

I have been teaching at Raumati Beach School in a number of different roles over the last 20 years, including three as year 5 & 6 team leader and 2018 as the year 3 & 4 team leader.  I am passionate about innovative spaces and collaborative teaching, and work with my students to develop their ability to self-manage, be independent learners, use devices as part of their learning, and develop good citizenship skills. I grew up in the Hawke’s Bay, spent 13 years living in Christchurch where both my children were born, experienced Auckland living for 18 months and then arrived here on the Kapiti Coast in the early 90’s where I have stayed, enjoying the beach and many walkways and cycleways in the area.