South-East Christian Kāhui Ako

South East Christian Kahua Ako
Sancta Maria College Elim Christian College Santa Maria Catholic Primary School St Mark's Catholic School KingsGate School Our Lady Star of the Sea School

Kāhui Ako Leads

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Andrea Begunk

Across School Lead


General Information

My personal character is one of integrity, passion and determination. I am a devoted teacher who has an ambition to succeed in changing the lives of students by helping them discover and explore their potential. I believe teaching is about creativity, imagination and sparking interests within this fast-changing digital world. I am always in search of making learning more innovative and engaging for our ākonga. This enables curiosity to grow within a student, enhancing their willingness to learn.

I value strong, positive relationships between students, parents, colleagues and the wider community, as together we learn as one, with each day bringing new opportunities to learn. This enables me to open my eyes to practice not just within my school, but beyond Our Lady Star of the Sea school, bringing that expertise back to share with colleagues. I believe in recognising the strengths and leadership qualities in my colleagues and using their strengths to grow the capacity and expertise within our school and wider Kāhui Ako. Being an Across School Lead allows me to work with colleagues and students from all walks of life, where I can express genuine interest in children and their success. I am a reflective practitioner and consistently seek ways to improve and refine my teaching and the learning programmes in my classroom. I recognise the importance of lifelong learning and value of professional development.