Welcome to the Ruru Team!

Our team consists of five Year 5/6 Classes. Through the The Pukete School Virtues,  Key Competencies and Inquiry Learning, we provide an exciting and engaging programme within our classrooms. We take pride in our teaching, not only being able to cater for the academic side of education, but also offering valuable life skill experiences for our students.  Our aim in Ruru Team is to ensure that children are ready for Intermediate School and we also want our students to know the importance of being a good citizen. 

In our team the Year 6 students enjoy the opportunity to participate in school duties such as milk, lunch and newsletter monitors, staffroom duties and reading out the karakia in the mornings. Some Year 6 students have leadership roles such as Student Leaders / student voice, Road Patrollers, Librarians, and PALS where they have support and guidance from members of our school and our community.

Mr Matt Down is the teacher in Room 5. Mr Down is passionate about any sport but especially Cricket and Rugby. He is the overall Sports Coordinator for the school. Mr Down will be organizing the Senior Swimming Sports and Cross Country events. BLUE is Room 5’s class colour.

Mrs Emerson Taylor is in Room 6. He is excited to have made the move into the senior school and has just welcomed their second baby into their family. Mr Taylor is supporting Mr Downs with the sports co-ordination. He is organizing the senior triathlon and school basketball. Room 6's class colour is GREEN!

In Room Four, we have Mrs Erica Andersen. She has a passion for The Arts, Music, Reading and all things admin. You may often hear Mrs Andersen before you see her as she is often singing. Naturally, Mrs Andersen is taking the school choir! WHITE is the class colour, so come prepared to represent Room 4.

In Room 3 we have Mr Jeremy Tomkins. His strengths and expertise are in Drama and technology and he does also enjoy his sports.  Mr Tomkins will be the director for our Year 6 production this year which we are all excited about. He is also supporting and coordinating our school technician leaders.  PURPLE is Room 3 class colour.

Mrs Sandra Hanks is the teacher of Room 7 and also the team leader. Her passion is children well-being and not paperwork! She enjoys the arts, sports and is excited about the Ruru team going BYOD as she is looking forward to learning alongside the children in this area. Mrs Hanks is coordinating our student leaders and PALS this year and will be attending the Young Leaders Conference with them. She is also coordinating the senior athletics and inter-school athletics for the Hamilton North/West Cluster. ORANGE is Room 7’s class colour... ‘GO ORANGE