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.

Tracey Hardey
Rimu Team Leader and Teacher Room 9, Year 2 class

Tracey came to New Zealand in 2002 from South Africa where she had been a new entrant teacher for 8 years. Tracey studied at Cape Town Teachers Training College for three years to receive her teaching Diploma and then studied a further year receiving a Diploma in Remedial/Special Education. She lives on the North Shore with her family.

Tracey completed a 6 month Retraining Course through Auckland University in 2005. Shortly after completion on this course and registered with the Teachers Council she relief taught on the North Shore until being employed at Long Bay Primary.

Shani Simmons
Teacher Room 1A, Year 1/2 class

Shani has been living in Auckland since 2015. She moved here from Christchurch where she studied a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) at UC. She then worked at a community early learning centre for two years with ages 6 months to 5 years. Shani then completed a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Primary) and moved to Auckland with her partner to be closer to family. She has worked with Years 0/1 at Balmoral School for the past two years.

Shani is passionate about interest based learning, supporting children's learning and critical thinking through curiosity, creativity and exploration.

Jitka Bloomfield
Teacher Room 4, Year 2 class

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 in 2016.

Fenneke Gingell
Teacher Room 5, Year 2 class

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.

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