by Tim Atkinson

We Welcome The Following New Staff To The Fraser Team

Mary Ann Claro
Mathematics & Statistics

Kia Ora. I am originally from the Philippines where I completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in teaching Mathematics. I taught Mathematics and Calculus to Education, Maths, Business, Engineering and Computer Sciences students for 6 years in a University in the Philippines until I married my Indian husband in 2001 which made me move to the United Arab Emirates to join him. We stayed there for a year and decided to migrate to New Zealand in 2002.

I re-started my career in the land of Aotearoa when I was given the opportunity to teach Mathematics for Engineering, IT and Business students at Wintec starting in 2004 after my first daughter was born. I attended a Refresher Course for Returning Teachers in 2009 where I got the chance to meet the lovely staff and students in this beautiful and happy place, Fraser High School.

From that time, I never left, I started doing Relief Teaching until 2015 when my third child was born. After 3 years, last year, I came back to teach and it was unquestionably a wise decision since it was a reassurance that ‘I still enjoy teaching and I can still make a difference.’

My husband and I have three children, 14, 5 and 3 years old respectively. We enjoy spending time together, either at home or outdoors when we are not in school. We enjoy baking cookies and muffins, going for walks together and visiting parks.

I am looking forward to be making a positive difference in the school and sharing my passion and love for learning Mathematics to my students.

Kia ora rawa atu.

Chessika de Silva

Kia Ora Koutou,

Originally from Sri Lanka, I have been living in New Zealand for the past 20 years. During this time, I attended our contributing schools, Aberdeen Primary and Maeroa Intermediate. Having been on practicum as a Student Teacher at Fraser High School in 2017, I knew Fraser was the school I wanted to begin my teaching career at.

Originally trained in Physical Education and Health through the University of Waikato, I have also practiced and taught Dance from a young age. My strengths in dance are in Latin American and Hip Hop dance. My passions also include sport, fitness and basketball.

I was brought up by my mother and value my small whaanau immensely. I hold dear to me the values my mother has taught me and will continue to encourage our students to value and celebrate their own whaanau and heritage.

I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge in Dance with the students of Fraser High School, and hope to make Dance an exciting and inclusive subject.
Ngaa mihi

Natalie Hewitt
10 Hub & Mathematics

Kia Ora, my name is Natalie Hewitt, but the students know me as Whaea Nat. I have been teaching for 17 years at a primary/intermediate level and have moved to Fraser High School this year from Maeroa Intermediate, where I taught mixed Year 7/8 students. I have strengths in teaching Math and Integrated Inquiry and a passion for The Arts, in particular performing arts (music and drama).

I have two beautiful children, a 25 year old daughter and a 23 year old son, I also have a 6 month old grandson. I live and care for my elderly parents, so family is very mportant to me. I love walking the lake and my special place is anywhere near water and anywhere where my dog is.

I am very excited about getting to know my Fraser students and their Whaanau, and working with the students on their high school learning journey. I believe in building positive learning relationships and supporting and encouraging students to be the best that they can be.

Desiree Hughes
9 & 10 Hub Teacher

Ka tika me tuku i ngaa mihi ki a koutou katoa e paanui ana i eenei pitopito koorero.
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Taupiri, ko Kakepuku ngaa maunga
Ko Waikato, ko Waipaa ngaa awa
Ko Pootatau Te Wherowhero te tangata
Ko Waikato-Maniapoto ngaa iwi
Ko Ngaati Makahori, Te Ihingaarangi, raatou ko Ngaati Apakura ngaa hapuu
Ko Te Koopua raaua Ko Te Ihingaarangi ngaa marae
Ko Desiree Hughes tooku ingoa.

Ngaa mate huhua o te motu haere, haere. Whakahoonoretia too taatou Kiingi a Kiingi Tuuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII e noho nei i runga i te ahurewa tapu naa oona maatua tuupuna. Te kaahui ariki nui tonu, pai

My whaanau and I have recently moved down from Auckland where I have spent the past 11 years teaching at One Tree Hill College (OTHC). My main subject areas are in the Social Sciences, History and Te Reo Maaori. I also held the role of a Dean for approximately seven years looking after Koowhai and Hiinau houses. During my time at OTHC I was fortunate to develop my role as a teacher and I am very thankful for the guidance, support and opportunities it afforded me.

I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting our teaching teams and most importantly, meeting our amazing students. I look forward to what the year holds for Te Kaapuia. Nei noa ngaa mihi.

Mark James
Learning & Student Support

I am working part time at Fraser High School working in the Learning and Student Support Centre. I previously attended Fraser High School as a student, leaving in 1990 after completing 7th Form. It is really interesting to be back. Much has changed, including some fantastic new facilities such as the Gym and Tech block, but there is much that is the same. I really appreciate the effort that has gone into making Fraser High accessible for students with mobility challenges.

I moved back to Hamilton in 2014 after completing the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) at the University of Canterbury. I previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the Canterbury as well. Since moving back to Hamilton I’ve spent much of my time teaching at Fairfield Intermediate School, both as a reliever, a release teacher and a part time classroom teacher.

It was while I was studying to become a teacher that I suffered an accident that leaves me reliant on a wheelchair much of the time. This has provided new challenges, but has also created new opportunities. It has allowed me to see life from a different perspective. I have a real interest in sport, and currently play wheelchair basketball for the Waikato Senior team, which currently holds both the North Island Championship, and New Zealand National’s titles. I enjoy sports, and encouraging others to take part, especially encouraging students to find a sense of community within sport.

Lucy Luo
LoC Mathematics

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Lucy Luo, and I am the newly appointed Leader of Curriculum in Mathematics.

I gained my Bachelor of Engineering in 1991 and worked as a mechanical engineer for many years. I gained a Diploma of Secondary Teaching in 2004 from Waikato University and have been teaching Mathematics since. My passion for Mathematics and my love for children have made teaching my favourite career. I am honoured to join the Fraser High School staff this year.

I believe each child is unique. Our job is to bring the best out of them and prepare them for the competitive world. My team endeavour to develop your children to realise their full potential as individuals and to build strong mathematical skills in an enjoyable and caring learning environment. Their wellbeing and their academic achievement are equally important to us.

As a mum myself, I understand how parents feel about their children’s learning and school life. As a parent, you know your children better than anyone else. Your knowledge and experience with your child/ren are valuable to us. Your time for phone calls and interviews is highly appreciated. Together, we will make Fraser High School a great community.

I am excited about the coming years. I know there will be challenges ahead of me. But, with the support of my capable team and my loving family, I look forward to working and thriving together.

Chelsea Mudge

Kia Ora! This is my first year teaching and I am very excited to be joining the Fraser Whaanau.

I grew up in Rotorua, and went to Rotorua Girls’ High School before moving to Christchurch to attend Lincoln University. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation and Property Management) I spent a number of years working in the property industry in Christchurch.

I moved to Hamilton 18 months ago and am honoured to now be a Mathematics teacher at Fraser High School. Since moving here, I’ve enjoyed having the chance to explore the Waikato and wider North Island. When I’m not working, I like spending time with friends, family, and my dog Archie. I also love reading, dancing, and the outdoors.

Karen Stimson
Deputy Principal

Kia ora koutou, talofa lava, Kia Orana, hello!

I am one of the Deputy Principals here at Fraser High School, and also a Physical Education and Health teacher. I have recently relocated back to the Waikato and am looking forward to contributing to my new community and making Hamilton my home. What a warm welcome I have received from the Fraser High School community!

I strongly believe that we as educators need to meet the individual needs of ALL our akonga, by personalising learning so every student has the opportunity to succeed to their highest ability and that no one slips through the cracks. All students deserve to leave school having experienced success, to have a goal for the future and a sense of where they fit in the world.

When not in school you will find me playing netball, exploring our cities walking trails and cafes and supporting our students on the sidelines at sporting events - come and say hi!