Support Teachers

Bianca Sheridan – Maths Programme

The Mathematics Support Programme is targeted at Year 8 students who are achieving marginally below the National Standard in Mathematics. She delivers a comprehensive, number ­based programme which helps students increase their confidence in their mathematical abilities and engages some of our more reluctant mathematicians. We have had fantastic success in lifting students’ overall confidence and results.

Another programme Bianca delivers is our Boys’ Support Programme, Piki Ake. This programme is a social skills development programme, which aims to enhance things such as resilience, empathy, and perspective taking and explores concepts such as consequential thinking and goal setting. Piki Ake helps ours students to develop some of the skills they will need on their continuing journey to young adulthood.

Gill Karatau – Reading Support Programme

"Hi I’m Gill Karatau. I am excited and privileged to be supporting student to enhance their reading skills through our specialised Reading Support programme. I strive to create positive reading experiences and to enable reluctant readers to improve on their reading ability and reach their potential."

Gill Karatau runs our Reading Support Room which is a programme designed to help child who need additional support with reading. Students who need some extra help are identified by their classroom teacher and will attend one-on-one sessions in the reading room, focusing on skills that will support their classroom learning. Students usually attend the reading room twice a week, depending on their individual needs.

The Reading Room is also supported by a team of volunteers who come in to listen to the children read and help them develop the skills they need. If you are able to assist with this programme please contact the school office.

Robyn Simes – Special Needs and Classroom Release Teacher

Robyn is  a full time release teacher at WIS. This means that she has the pleasure of teaching, and getting to know many students in a number of classes throughout the school.

She is also part of the Special Needs team who provides support to students if required. This responsibility means that she also work closely with our hard working Teacher Aides to ensure students’ needs are catered for.