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Kākano Team

Kakano Team

Nick Smud

Kakano Team Teacher

Hub 1

About Me

My name is Nick Smud and I have been teaching in New Zealand for the past 12 years. I have a positive nature and love for teaching, and life in general. This helps me to show children the joy of becoming lifelong learners. My belief is that each child has the potential to be great at many things and if someone can show them how to believe in themselves and that learning is stimulating, rewarding and fun. I want to be that someone!

E: nick@chelsea.school.nz

Sharan Kaur

Kākano Team Teacher

Hub 2

About Me

Kia Ora, Namaste, Sat Shri Akal! I was born in New Zealand and raised in India. I moved back to New Zealand when I was 15. I studied software engineering before starting my journey as a primary school teacher. I am currently a Year 0/1 teacher. I enjoy being in the classroom with my students and helping them to learn and grow. I value empathy and kindness and believe in having a positive mindset! Outside of school, I love spending time with my family, friends and my dog Nero.

E: sharan@chelsea.school.nz

Stephanie de Witte

Kākano Team Teacher Team Teacher

Hub 2

About Me

Kia ora! I was born in Auckland and grew up on a small farm in Dairy Flat. I recently lived and worked in Zambia and enjoy sharing stories of my experiences travelling throughout sub-Saharan Africa! I always knew I wanted to work with children in some way and first earned a BSc majoring in Psychology before beginning my teaching journey. I believe developing a growth mindset, empathy and kindness are some of the most important tools we can have in both learning and life. I love being outdoors, animals, exercise and travelling whenever and wherever I can! I’m very excited to be part of the Kākano team in 2022

E: stephanie@chelsea.school.nz

Nicky Davis

Kakano Team Teacher

Hub 1

 
Kākano – New Entrants and Year 1
 
Welcome to Kākano! 2022 There are currently 2 Kākano Classrooms:
Hub 2:  Sharan Kaur   sharan@chelsea.school.nz
Hub 2:  Stephanie de Witte   stephanie@chelsea.school.nz
 
For us in Kākano there is a real focus on developing independence and self management skills. Starting school involves adjusting to new routines and expectations. In line with our Team name “Kākano” this is a time of great learning and development. We believe that by providing a caring and consistent environment learners will foster a love and curiosity for learning and being at school. In order to achieve this we:
  • Balance play and learning in a play based learning model
  • Promote both the key competencies from the New Zealand Curriculum and the Chelsea school motto, values and DNA.
  • Create firm home school partnerships, communication is key
  • Adopt a growth mindset where can’t is replaced by ‘not yet’ thinking
  • Value attempts at learning and the process rather than the result – First Attempt in Learning mindset.
  • Utilise a range of strategies to support learners to adjust to school life
  • Have a safe, nurturing environment where learning risk taking is fostered and high expectations are embedded in classrooms.

We are excited to be a part of your child’s learning journey and look forward to working alongside you. Through our Seesaw blog you can catch a glimpse of some of our learning and adventures at school.

Kākano Team Blog