My name is Helen Squires. This year I am a teacher at Point England School in East Auckland. This year I am teaching Year 4 for half of the day in a shared classroom space with another Year 4 teacher. For the other half of my day I am training for and taking reading recovery. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time.
My teaching career started out at Point England in 2002 as a BT in a New Entrant class. I went on to teach 5 years in the Junior school teaching Year 1/2, followed by 4 years teaching year 5/6, and more recently 3 years teaching year 7/8.
Throughout my years at Point England School I have been fortunate enough to be part of our exciting journey towards changing the school experience of children to more reflect the world we live in today. It has been a privilege to work alongside inspiring and dedicated teachers who have been innovative in trying new things in order to help schooling become a relevant, and engaging place where children feel empowered about their learning and their futures.
A bit about me...
I am married to Wyllis who was originally a builder but has since retrained and is now also a teacher in a Full Immersion Maori unit. We have 3 grown daughters, Hana who works for her iwi Ngati Whatua, Esther who is taking a year off after completing her Health Science degree and is coaching gymnastics and Rawinia who is in her final year at AUT (Auckland University of Technology) completing a Communication degree in film production.
I love sailing and reading and more recently, (what takes up most of my spare time) Waka Ama. Wyllis and I picked the sport up about two years ago after deciding to give it a try, having been an observer throughout Rawinia's college years when she was competing. I absolutely love it and was lucky enough to be in a team that got a gold and silver medal for the Senior Master Women's section at this year's Nationals competition. My team's goal is to compete at the world's in Australia in 2016.
We also dabble in Triathlons and are part of a group, called Team Bros, who train together for the Iron Maori competitions.
Last year I spent 2 weeks in Chile and Peru with the highlight being a trip to Machu Picchu. Travelling is definitely something I would like to do more of in the future.