Our Volunteers

At East Tāmaki School, we are incredibly lucky to have a range of volunteers from the community. These volunteers come into our school on a regular basis and help our ākonga with a range of different learning.

Lizette Meikle

Lizette Meikle has been our school Chaplain for the last 15 years,  providing pastoral care for our school community.
Coming alongside students and staff,  Lizette provides a listening ear, encouragement and compassion.
Seasons for Growth is a programme Lizette facilitates to help children who experience grief,  change or loss. This year she has also started a Seasons for Growth Whānau programme to support the families of students who have attended the programme.

St Luke’s Volunteers

Every week, we welcome several community members from the St Luke’s Church in Remuera. These volunteers come once a week to help in classrooms with reading and writing. This year, the volunteers are working in the junior school to help our tamariki progress with Structured Literacy. Ākonga practise letter sounds and formation, blending, reading and writing words with their volunteer. Then they read their book to their volunteer and finish by reading a library book together or playing a game.

Garden To Table

Middle and senior school students attend Garden To Table session on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This is only possible with the help of multiple volunteers from our community. Our Garden To Table volunteers come every week and either assist our tamariki in the garden or in the kitchen. They share their specific knowledge and help our ākonga develop their skills in the kitchen and garden.

ANZ bank – Who did you help today?

Once a week, we have volunteers from the ANZ bank join us for our Harakeke Rōpu, our after school homework club. The ‘Homework Club’ is a part of the ‘Who did you help today?’ programme that connects local businesses with low decile primary schools to support student’s learning. At East Tāmaki School, Harakeke Rōpu is offered to selected students for an hour, once a week after school. In this time, our volunteers work with ākonga in different learning areas to help improve their learning.

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At East Tāmaki School, we receive ‘Fruit in Schools’. This is a Ministry of Health programme to encourage tamariki to eat more fruit and vegetables. This fruit is regularly delivered to our school. We are incredibly lucky to have Lito come into school every morning to sort, cut and distribute the fruit to each classroom ready for our ākonga to enjoy.