Nikau – Room 3 – Year 3/4


Michelle Pontifex

Kia ora koutou

Ko Michelle Pontifex toku ingoa. I am currently teaching in Nikau with Year 3&4 tamariki, Monday – Thursday. I am an experienced teacher, with the majority of my experience being with years 1-4. I am leader of Inquiry and have a deep passion for creating lifelong learners. I have two little girls, Addison who is in Harakeke and Esme who attends Adelaide Early Childcare. Houghton Valley School is a terrific place to teach and I feel lucky that I am not only a teacher here, but also a parent.

Nga mihi


Jill Holmstead

My role this year is varied. I am a Reading Recovery teacher for six year old students who need a boost with their reading and writing. On Mondays through to Thursdays, I have the pleasure of working in each class to collaborate with class teachers and students with their Sustainability roles at school and at times in the wider community. On Fridays I teach in Nikau with Year 3/4 students.

This year the Sustainability teaching team will also work with student leaders, known as the Green Geckos each week during lunchtimes. I am impressed by the passion the students, staff and parents have in Environmental education. I look forward to working with parents and utilising their strengths during working bees to improve our school as an inspiring authentic learning space.

I have a love of travel and seeing how other cultures experience the world, the great outdoors, skiing, gardening, singing and the arts which I share with my family.

Ngā mihi nui!