Teachers at Wellington Seventh-day Adventist School are intentional. They are experienced, passionate and vibrant. They make good use of instructional time and inspire students to want to learn and to do their best. Our teachers make students feel comfortable and help them experience a sense of belonging.
Our goal is to see the clear outworking of God’s character in our students as they LEARN and GROW in GOD.
Teaching methods are geared towards offering each child a quality education. Teachers participate in regular professional development and the school has participated in a number of government initiatives that support children to achieve in all aspects of their education, in particular, literacy and numeracy.
Our teachers are the main link in communication between home and school. Prompt follow-up of any student difficulty or circumstance to ensure a lasting effective solution is vitally important to our staff. With teachers, parents and students working together in partnership, we are better able to ensure the best possible learning experiences for each child.
Mrs Karla Mitchell - Principal
Kia ora, Wellington Seventh-day Adventist School has a special place in my heart. I moved to Porirua from Northland to teach here in 2011. I spent a short time at another school as a Maths Support Teacher (MST) before returning to teach at Wellington SDA School. I began my role as principal in 2017 and am excited to be working with passionate Christian staff, a caring school community, and incredible students. As a teaching principal, I spend the equivalent of two days each week working with students. This includes teaching in Room One while Mrs Ormsby does Reading Recovery, teaching in Room Three, taking small groups of students for extra maths lessons, and tutoring clarinet and trumpet. All students and their families are valued at our school. We have high expectations and believe in working collaboratively with whānau and community to achieve our goals. Existing and prospective families are invited to visit at any time. We look forward to welcoming you to our school. Ngā mihi nui
Mrs Evelyn Ormsby - Teacher Room 1
Hi, I teach in Room one which is New Entrant to Year 2. I have been teaching the Junior level for eleven years, seven of those years have been in a New Entrant class. I have a passion for teaching this level. Teaching young children is a task that cannot be taken lightly. It is full of challenges and responsibilities. But is also full of excitement,wonder and joy! My goal for my classroom is to challenge and motivate my students and watch them grow to reach their full potential. Children start their learning at different levels, therefore group work is the key to having a successful class. I also believe in teaching content that is meaningful and interesting. We have fun discovering new things together. Children get to do a lot of ‘hands on’ activities from cooking to science experiments. It is important to me that I create a safe learning environment for all my students, as well as their parents and anyone else that enters my classroom. This rich and caring environment allows the students to have a greater respect and connection with each other. At Wellington Seventh-day Adventist school I have the privilege to integrate God through the curriculum. He is the centre of their learning. Children get to experience a spiritual content in Reading, Writing, Maths and Inquiry. Our Vision is Connected to God, Connected to Others and Connected Learners.
Mrs Kahli Huse - Teacher Room 2
Kia ora, I teach in Room 2 which is made up of Years 2, 3 and 4. I have been teaching for six years now, most of which have been spent with the junior school. I began teaching in the Palmerston North Adventist Christian School and was there for three years. I have recently returned from teaching in London for two years in a secular school. It is truly a blessing and an honour to be teaching children in a Christian school where we can read the Bible and worship through song and prayer. Teaching is a job that cannot be taken lightly, but is made up of moments of awe, fulfillment and joy! Our class has a wide range of abilities and ages, so group work is key. In this way I am better able to meet the individual needs of each child. We will learn a lot through investigation and ‘hands on’ activities. My goal for the year is to create a safe, stimulating and motivating space for my students as they continue to grow closer to God and each other as independent and lifelong learners. It is a privilege to lead a class where Jesus is at the centre of everything we teach. Our vision is Connected to God, Connected to Others and Connected Learners.
Mr Keith Rea - Teacher Room 3
Hi, I am originally from Urenui, a seaside town in North Taranaki. I have spent a few years teaching in Sydney Australia, helping to get Hills Adventist College set up and running. Most of my teaching has been in Technology in Intermediate and High School level. I am passionate about God and what He continues to do for us, and I want students to use the gifts He has given them to reach their potential. I look for creativity and innovation and encourage students to use higher level thinking where ever possible. My hobbies are music, art, making things, growing things, and water sports like surfing and sailing. I am also interested in the idea of working collaboratively with parents to get the best possible outcomes from their children.
Mrs Moira Ashdown - Teacher Room 3
Hi, I live in Tawa with my husband Peter. I have three grownup married children and five grandchildren. My youngest daughter came to Wellington SDA for Years 7 and 8 and has fond memories of those two years. I love being fit and active with walking, gym, snorkelling and exploring the world. Reading is also a passion. I have taught twice at the school starting in 1995 and ending in 2006 and now I am back again teaching part time, mainly the senior students, but I also relieve in the two other rooms. I truly value being able to include my relationship with Jesus and His Word in what I teach. I am experienced and strive to keep my pupils engaged, challenged and growing both in general knowledge and in their faith. Integrating as many subjects into one theme is often the way I plan and including an Art focus is something I enjoy. Students enjoy my lessons and tell me often that they are having fun. My teaching career has seen me teach from first year university to preschool - I have qualifications for all these levels. People ask which level I enjoy the most. My answer is the one I am teaching at that moment! The other thing I love about teaching is meeting 'old' pupils and finding out that in some way I have had a positive influence in their lives: there can be no greater privilege.
Mrs Jean Abellana Office Manager
Mrs Raylee Richardson Librarian
Mrs Sarah Hurrell Teacher Aide
Miss Aiga Maiava Teacher Aide
Pr Jake Ormsby
It has been a privilege indeed to serve as chaplain since 2011. During this time, the staff, students, parents, the wider church family and local community have ensured that I remain connected with them through prayer, God Connections, working bees, school concerts, Bible studies and baptisms, yummy kaikai and visitations. I thank God for the energy to perform these wonderful tasks and survive the occasional basketball game, long ball sprint and jog around the school classrooms with the students.
term dates 2018
Term 1: Wed 31st Jan – Fri 13th April
Teacher Only Day: Mon 5th Feb
Waitangi Day: Tues 6th Feb
Easter Break: 30th Mar- 3rd April
Term 2: Mon 30th April – Fri 6th July
Teacher Only Day: Fri 8th June
Queens Birthday: Mon 4th June
Term 3: Mon 23rd July – Fri 28th Sept Term 4: Mon 15th Oct – Tues 18th Dec