Julie McHaffie

Room 5 teacher and junior syndicate leader


How long have you been teaching / teaching at St Joseph’s?
I have had 11 years terrific years at St Joseph’s.

Why did you want to become a teacher?
My sisters and brother may have said it was because I was the typical bossy oldest sibling, but I really believe that second to raising a family, teaching is the most crucial and significant job there is in shaping our whole community. I want to be a part of that.

What's it like working with students at the age level you teach?
For me it is always an amazing adventure of discovery. Every child that enters school for the first time does so with a unique set of gifts and I am constantly excited by the learning that continues in that first six months.I am honoured to be the one who introduces our school and all that it stands for and to have to every New Entrant feel valued and excited by this new learning adventure.

What do you think sets St Joseph's apart from other schools?
The capacity St Joseph teachers have to abide by strong Christian and societal values in all that we do and say means that your children have strong role models who are respectful and kind to each other as well as their students.

What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
Catch up with the family in Nelson and overseas, Skype the grandchildren, walk ,read books and generally recharge.


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