Rimu Team

We have an 'open door' policy at our school. This means you are always welcome to pop down and see us if you have any queries or concerns. If we are not immediately available, we will arrange a mutual convenient time to talk with you.

Rimu class teachers have set up websites for you to keep up with our learning and programmes. These can be accessed by clicking here.

Katherine Aitken
Community of Learners, Within School Lead teachers, Rimu Team leader, Teacher Room 7

Katherine is very excited to be part of the Long Bay teaching team. She started her teaching journey in 2007 at Favona Primary School and then joined Upper Harbour Primary in 2009, before starting new adventures at Long Bay in 2017.
Katherine is particular passionate about Literacy, Numeracy and Science learning in the classroom, as well as driving each student's learning through their interests and passions. She wants to nurture the students’ love and excitement for the world around them, bringing it into their everyday classroom experiences.

At home, Katherine is a mum of two and with her husband lives locally in Okura.  She loves spending time with her family - paddle boarding, camping, exploring the beach, snowboarding or just chilling at the park.

Shelley Findlay
Teacher Room 6

Shelley comes to Long Bay with many years of teaching experience with Junior students. She is passionate about fostering children’s love of learning at the start of their educational journey.

Fenneke Gingell
Teacher Room 8

Fenneke worked in Textile Sales and Marketing in South Africa. She immigrated to New Zealand in 2004, and worked as a part-time as a retail assistant in a scrapbooking shop.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Early Years) in 2012. As a beginning teacher, Fenneke relief taught at Long Bay Primary, before accepting an offer of full-time employment at Riverhead School, where she taught in the Junior School.

She was part of the Innovation Team there, leading an inquiry into the implementation of Project Based Learning, influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The concept of PBL is focused on the teacher responding to the children’s interests and their curiosity, while linking teaching of the NZ Curriculum areas. Fenneke feels passionate about finding different ways of engaging children and finding meaningful context for their learning.

Fenneke returned to Long Bay on a permanent basis in Term 3 of 2017, teaching a New Entrant class.

Jitka Bloomfield
Teacher Room 9

Jitka emigrated from the Czech Republic in 2004, where she was a qualified early childhood and primary school teacher. Whilst in New Zealand, she has worked at Kelston Deaf Education Unit as a teacher using New Zealand Sign Language. Jitka has also worked for nature kindergartens, such as 'Play and Learn' and 'Conscious Kids'. She has also been active in the 'WaterWise' program as an instructor.

Jitka joined Long Bay Primary in 2015, initially as a reliever, prior to teaching full-time since 2016.

Long Bay Primary School, Ralph Eagles Place, Long Bay. North Shore, New Zealand. Phone: (09) 473 6077. Email: admin@longbayprimary.ac.nz