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Ali McCartie


I live with my husband and teenage son in the beautiful Waitetuna Valley,  on a sheep and beef farm. I completed my Bachelor of Education (teaching) degree at Massey University  (Massey Scholar) while I worked as a teacher aide/principal release. I have spent many years teaching at small rural primary schools in Taranaki, and have enjoyed working in the Senior Room at Waitetuna for the past 5 years.  In 2018 I completed a MindLab postgraduate certificate in Leadership and Technology which has prepared me for the new technology curriculum. I love working at Waitetuna School and believe we have created a caring environment that promotes collaborative learning, problem solving and creativity, while encouraging leadership.

We promote independence and  encourage our children to reach for the stars and live a 3D life…Dream! Dare! Develop! While reading, writing and maths are an ongoing focus we believe in extending our students in all areas of their lives by allowing them to develop their personal strengths.


Waitetuna School values all areas of The Arts and  I particularly enjoy incorporating visual art activities into our classroom. We are aware of the need for children (boys in particular)  to move so sport, dance or quick circuit activities are included daily. I believe our senior room is establishing an environment to promote lifelong learning skills, risk taking and confidence. We like to make learning meaningful, challenging and interesting and  encourage our students to bring their interests into the classroom, especially in the writing program. We also promote B.Y.O D. to assist children with learning, and have introduced Seesaw and Google classroom recently.


Teaching is a rewarding experience and I feel it is a privilege to work in such a vibrant and exciting school that promotes all areas of learning.

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