From Trudi

It has been a very successful start to the school year for staff and students and it has been lovely to have parents visiting the classrooms as part of our Meet the Teacher class events.  You will be aware that this year we have divided our classrooms into teams, the team leaders have shared a little information about themselves and their teams in this newsletter.  

BOT elections - Have you considered becoming a School Trustee? Our elections will be in June this year and some of our long standing Board members, whose children no longer attend CASS, are stepping down from their roles.  If you are interested and would like to come along to a meeting or two to find out more - please contact the school office. 

Important Dates:

Parent BBQ - 14th March 6pm-8pm @ Base School, Smallfield Ave

Big Splash - 21st March 10am -12pm @ St Andrews Rd Campus

Learning Framework Parent Consultation - 27th March 5.30pm-6.30pm @ Base School, Smallfield Ave

We welcome the following new staff to CASS:
Michael Atkinson - CRT Teacher
Trent Legendre - Teacher aide
Ciara O'Connor - Teacher aide
Mareah Mata - Teacher aide
Maura Van Dommelen - Teacher aide
Syndicate Introductions...

Therapy Syndicate

Jay and Melinda are the co-leaders of the therapy team at CASS.  We are working with the therapists to build a cohesive and collaborative team that is aligned to the core values and beliefs of CASS.

Every class has CASS has an OT, PT and SLT who integrate therapy programmes within the regular classroom programmes to ensure that every aspect of the school day has both therapeutic and educational benefit. This means that students can make the most of the learning opportunities they are involved in. The therapy team are based at the StAR (St Andrews Rd) site of CASS and can be contacted on 625 9343 ext 802.  The therapists for your child can also be contacted through Seesaw.


Te Ropu Kauri

Kia ora,
My name is Stephen Doel and I am an Associate Principal. I lead Te Ropu Kauri, comprising the classes of Community Unit 1 and 2, StAR 4, Base 3 and Base 4.
I am also responsible for The Arts Team, Transition (18-21), Mathematics, Parent and Whanau Engagement, Relievers and staff cover in classrooms.
I look forward working with the students, parents and whanau over the course of the year with a big focus on learning and preparing our students and whanau for life in the wider community post school life. 

Te Ropu Nikau
Kia Ora Koutou Whanau and Families,

Welcome to Te Ropu Nikau. The Nikau syndicate represents Teachers, Teaching assistants and students in Balmoral 1, StAR 5, Waikowhai Intermediate, Base 2 and Onehunga High School 1 and 2.

The purpose of the team is to work together creatively, supporting each other to meet the learning needs of each and every one of our students in the best way possible, through training, joint planning, regular discussion and experience sharing. We are all very excited about the coming year and are looking forward to teaching your son or daughter and providing them with the experiences necessary to realise their potential.

Your student’s class teacher will be contacting you shortly to invite you to a meet the teacher event, here you will also have the opportunity to hear about how the class runs, how the learning takes place and how, as a parent you can contribute to assisting. He /she will also discuss the best way to communicate with you about day to day matters.

My name is Helen Walker, and as the Syndicate Leader and one of the schools Assistant Principals, I can be contacted to discuss matters that are outside or above daily class communications. I can be contacted on 0210657896 or helenw@cass.

L to R Back: Faustina Makwindi, Penny Dawber, Nicholas Oram, Trudi Kareko.

Middle: Suchi Umapathy. Front: Bharti Prakash, Helen Walker

Te Ropu Kowhai
Kia Ora families and Whanau,
I am very pleased to have joined the Senior Leadership team at CASS as an Associate Principal at the start of this year. I bring with me many years of experience as both a class teacher and leader in a number of Special schools.  One of my main responsibilities at  CASS, is to lead the learning within our Junior school, “Te Ropu Kowhai”; supporting and enabling our teachers to have the skills and resources they need to provide the very best learning experiences for your children.  

Our wonderful teachers making up Te Ropu Kowhai this year are Rema Gravatt and Cathleen Rowse at our Dominion Road school satellite classes, Cindy Singh and Bhavna Varshney at our Oranga School satellite classes, Teoni Jugg in our STAR 6 class and Lawrence Sharma in Balmoral 2 satellite class.  I am very much looking forward to getting to know all students and intend to spend as much time as possible in classes this term.  

Your child’s teacher is as always, your first port of call for any questions you have regarding your child’s learning programme, but I am readily available to discuss or answer any queries that may be outside or above the daily class communications. Feel free to contact me by phone or email. 

Ph: 09- 620 7680 


The Early Years Team: Te Ropu Manuka
I am the Deputy Principal and my main delegations are Enrolments, Student Attendance issues /Student Pastoral Care, Staff Professional Development and External Agencies e.g. volunteers. As the Team leader for the Manuka team, apart from the class teacher, I am the first point of contact for parents regarding any concerns they may have, related to their young person. I look forward to working with you. Apart from developing Literacy and Maths skills and exploring various Topics from the Learning Strands of the NZ Curriculum, and aspects of Te Whariki, our team focuses on supporting students to communicate, finding out what inspires them, becoming as independent as possible, finding ways to engage them with learning. We are developing an approach which involves Learning through Play. Our Term 1 Topic is The Sky.
It is my privilege to lead a small group of dedicated teachers, in the Te Ropu Manuka Team (Early Years). This  consists of  three classes at the satellite unit at May Road Primary School, and one class at the St Andrews Road site (StAR):

Belinda Rowe     Carol Purdon       Jessica Roberts         Samantha        Polly Ashcroft
                                 StAR 7              May Rd 1               Albuquerque        May Rd 3 
                                                                                          May Rd 2


Nga Mihi,
Trudi Brocas 

Tumuaki | Principal
48 Smallfield Ave | Mt Roskill

Ph: 09 6207680 


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