Kia ora, and welcome to Ruma Kākāpō for Year 4-6 at Ongaonga school. I am Deb Roseingrave and I am the teacher for 2023.
This is a poem I wrote to celebrate the classroom:
I walk in the forest at twilight
When the day is preparing to sleep
I join my fellow flightless bird, the kiwi
With my moss green feathers and yellow-green puku
I blend into the surround bush
People used to call me the owl parrot
My daily delights are fruits from the Rimu and Kahikatea trees
I use my wings to balance like a circus person on a tight rope
While I walk the bush on the off shore islands of New Zealand
I try to survive against all my enemies
My name is Kākāpō
I come from a strong background in science and I bring that quest for knowledge and wisdom into the classroom for my students. I want them to question. I want them to learn. I want them to understand. I want them to see the wonder in the world and make it a better place for all.
We are a classroom that thrives on communication, where students listen to me, and just as importantly I listen to them so I can understand where they come from and where they want to go. I want my students to be strong and resilient like the Kākāpō. It’s my job to realise their potential and start them on that journey.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change
— Stephen Hawking