Welcome to Team Rakau.

“Rakau” means tree, wood or stick. The word Rakau ties in with the names of our learning spaces, Totara, Ti kouka and Kowhai. Our other two syndicate names also relate to Rakau, and these are Korimako (the Maori word for bellbird), and Harakeke (which means flax).

These names all make a big picture: Rakau is a tree that nurtures the Korimako and the Harakeke which grows around the big tree.

As in 2017, the team comprises all of the Year 5,6,7 & 8 students as well as 7 staff members (Chris Meehan, Juanita O’Loughlin, Lance Taylor, Pip Tipping, Vickie Bond, Tracey Page and Kathy Menzies.)

In 2018 Rakau children do not have a specific ‘home room’ teacher as  children work across the year levels with a variety of teachers and aides according to their specific needs. This is particularly true in numeracy and literacy where we utilise the skills and experience of all staff to give students the best learning for their stage. You can see who your child is working with at any given time, in the various curriculum areas through our RAKAU site, which is a vital tool for sharing what we are doing.  

For pastoral care purposes, the key teacher for student and parent contact is Mrs O’Loughlin for Year 5, Mr Taylor for Year 6, and Ms Meehan for Years 7 and 8, however students are free to make any one of the teachers their ‘go-to’ person.

We have enjoyed getting back into our new and improved Rakau teaching and learning space this term, making use of the resources we have available as well as the wonderful joined-up space.

Communication is highly important and  in 2018 we have a new email address for you that will reach all teachers if required.  rakau@ashley.school.nz

We also have our individual addresses  If you wish to contact one of us directly.


Rakau Blog: http://rakauseniors2018.edublogs.org/ 


Chris Meehan - c.meehan@ashley.school.nz

Lance Taylor - l.taylor@ashley.school.nz

Juanita O’Loughlin-j.oloughlin@ashley.school.nz

Pip Tipping  p.tipping@ashley.school.nz




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