Morrinsville Intermediate School - Kia U Ki Te Pai - Whatever You Do, Let It Be Your Best

24 Elizabeth Avenue, Morrinsville    Phone: 07 889 6629    Email: office@mi.school.nz

Specialist and Release Teachers

Bailee Foulds
Role

Robotics / Release Teacher

Email

b.foulds@mi.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora,

My name is Bailee Foulds, and I have been a teacher at Morrinsville Intermediate since the beginning of 2018.

I was born in Hastings but made the shift to the mighty Waikato when I was four years old. I then grew up in Te Aroha and later attended The University of Waikato to study a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts. I am a local Martial Arts instructor, and have also been heavily involved with the performing arts over the years.

I look forward to meeting you all!

Reuben O'Sullivan
Role

Materials Technology Teacher

Email

r.osullivan@mi.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora,

My name is Reuben O’Sullivan and I have been teaching at Morrinsville Intermediate School since the start of 2018.

I was raised in Edgecumbe in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, before moving to Ireland where I lived for four years, finally ending up in Morrinsville in 2010. Here I attended college and later the University of Waikato, studying a Bachelor of Teaching.

I have spent many years leading at kids holiday camps, and I am actively involved locally as a Youth Worker at my church. I am very passionate about seeing youth reach their potential, overcome challenges, and do well in life.

My interests include music, performance, woodworking, hiking, water skiing, travel, and language.

I look forward to meeting you.

Trish Thurston
Role

Food & Fabric Technology Teacher

Email

t.thurston@mi.school.nz

General Information

Hi, my name is Trish Thurston, and I am delighted to be part of the team at Morrinsville Intermediate School, as Food and Fabric Technology Teacher.
I previously worked with Life Education in Hamilton, I am keen to involve students in creating healthy balanced meals, with largely whole foods. My passions include gardening, and art, and I am very excited about merging of all of these areas in to the Food Tech programme.
I am an experienced teacher, who has taught across primary, secondary and tertiary areas, as well as having been involved in the food and catering industry, and feel right at home in a kitchen.
I hope to inspire students to experience confidence through success and to think about what opportunities there might be in the creative and technology areas for the future.

Penni Houghton
Role

Art Technology Teacher

Email

p.houghton@mi.school.nz

General Information

My name is Penni Houghton and my teaching journey is a varied one working predominantly with emerging adolescents in a variety of city and rural schools across the Waikato.

I look forward to encouraging our students to explore their creativity with a range of experiences in the art technology space.

I studied at Waikato University and we have raised our two children in the Waikato with one of our daughters attending Morrinsville Intermediate. My husband and I farm in the Morrinsville area and I'm excited to be part of the Morrinsville Intermediate School community again.

The outdoors plays a significant part in my life with snow skiing, tramping, mountain biking and water activities featuring in my time outside school. I'm also an avid knitter and enjoy dabbling in a variety of artistic media.

James Higgins
Role

Te Reo / PE Teacher

Email

j.higgins@mi.school.nz

Val Venimore
Role

Music Teacher

Qualifications

T.T.C. (Ardmore), Advanced Dip Teaching. (NZ), Diploma of Visual Arts (Canberra)

Email

v.venimore@mi.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora,

I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm about creative learning through Music, Art, Drama, Poetry and Writing with students at Morrinsville Intermediate.

As a child I grew up in the Waikato, Glen Murray, went to Wesley College and Wanganui Boys’ College before training as a teacher at Ardmore. My first teaching position was at Rangiriri school, I later moved to Taupo, where I specialized in Art and Music and became resident Musician at Wairakei hotel in the weekends. Since then I have completed specialist teaching courses in Educational technology as well as Art and Music before moving to secondary teaching where I became HOD Art at Fraser High School.

My teaching and music careers have taken me to cities and towns in both Australia and New Zealand, I also exhibit my Art work which is now in several countries as well as Te Papa in Wellington.

My wife Shelley and I enjoy living beside the Waikato river in Northern Huntly. We have five children, as far away as Sweden and Japan as well as New Zealand, and six grandchildren.

I look forward to a creative year ahead!

Robyn Wilson
Role

Languages Teacher (Fridays)

Email

r.wilson@mi.school.nz

General Information

Kia ora,

I have been teaching at Morrinsville Intermediate since the start of 2019. I have over 10 years experience working alongside learners of this age group, having previously taught at Matamata Intermediate and Cambridge Middle School. Added to this, I have taught students in the outback of Austraila, at Thames High School, and a few primary schools. Teaching has always been my passion.

I hail from Thames and am a Waikato girl through and through. I have studied at Otago and Auckland Universities and hold a Bachelor of Teaching from Waikato University. When I am not doing school work, you will find me at the beach, walking, reading or having a laugh with friends.

I look forward to meeting you all during the year!

Raewyn McCracken
Role

Release Teacher

Email

r.mccracken@mi.school.nz