Harakeke – Room 5, Year 2

monica 2016

Monica Mercury      monica@houghton.school.nz

Kia ora koutou te whanau

I am the longest-serving member of staff at Houghton Valley School and my history with this wonderful place actually began way, way back in 1992. I was at the Wellington College of Education and was fortunate enough to get a student teaching placement in the Ngaio year 6 classroom with Mr. John Reynolds, (was Principal of Roseneath School in Mount Victoria).  I fell in love with Houghton Valley from that time on.

I was officially hired for a permanent position in 1995 and have worked in various roles at Houghton Valley over a period of 16 years. There were some breaks in between, to work in other parts of the country and to have my children, but I have always returned to our wonderful school and great community.

I have taught at almost all the levels within the school and 2015 sees me teaching back with year 2 students, which I am really enjoying. I trained as a Reading Recovery teacher and had a year 2 class for three years.

I am in a senior management role at Houghton Valley as a Deputy Principal and I support the Junior Syndicate and oversee aspects of the curriculum and the Taha Māori programme.  I really enjoy the challenge, fun and variety of working with young people and every day is different and interesting.



Rekha Tiwari        rekha@houghton.school.nz

My name is Rekha Tiwari and I am a part time teacher at HVS.  I will be teaching Harakeke class on Thursday and Ti Kouka class on Fridays.  I will be also releasing classroom teachers when needed throughout the school.

My family have been part of the Houghton Valley Community since 2000 as our 3 boys moved through Houghton Valley Playcentre and then through Houghton Valley School and now onto SWIS, Rongotai and Wellington High.

I can honestly say that I am proud of our school and community.  I think we do a fabulous job in bringing up well rounded people.  I feel very fortunate to be now working in this idyllic place with such a dedicated and hard-working team.

Nga Mihi nui