Meet Miss Chalmers

I am very excited introduce myself as the classroom teacher in Room 11 this year. I feel very lucky to have a job I am so passionate about. Every year is a new stage in your child's educational journey and it is important for me as their teacher to build on your child's prior experiences and knowledge. This is a time when children develop great independence in their learning. I hope to encourage and motivate the children of Room 11 to take responsibility for their learning by setting goals, making good choices in relation to learning and behaviour, and most of all by being actively engaged in our full and exciting curriculum.

Here's a little information about me:

I am a mother, partner, daughter and teacher. I spend most of my time trying to keep up with my four year-old daughter and her best friend, Bailey the Labrador. My little girl, Gracie, is very excited to start as a new entrant at Reremoana School in August this year. I grew up in Papakura and began my teaching career at the same school I attended as a child. One of the many reasons I enjoy teaching is that I can freely indulge my love of visual art. I paint, draw, collage and sprinkle glitter.

I feel very strongly about forming positive relationships with parents and family. I'm sure I will see many of you before and after school, please feel free to stop me for a chat. If you would like to make a more formal appointment to discuss your child's progress, or anything we do in Room 11, please email me at

Helen Chalmers

P.S - now that you're here, why not leave on comment on one of our blog posts? The children love hearing what you think about their work and experiences!

Social Studies - What is your Culture?

At Reremoana School it's important to us that you feel your culture is valued. Here's a little bit of information about my culture. During Term 1, and throughout the whole year, please do share information about your own culture and family. You could start by writing a comment in the comments section below!

To me culture is all about family and traditions. My parents and my Grandparents come from New Zealand. We are Pakeha, New Zealand European. A long, long time ago, my ancestors  moved from Scotland to New Zealand. 

When I was 18 years old I travelled around Europe. I went to Scotland and found this book which tells me all about my family's history in Scotland.

This is a picture of me and my little family. Grace had just turned one and we were celebrating with our family and friends. Gracie's Daddy, David, comes from a country called Cambodia. When he was a baby, his mum had to leave their country and come to New Zealand because there was a big war happening. Remember how I said I was New Zealand European? Well, that makes Gracie half Cambodian and half Pakeha. But I usually just tell people she's Cambodian. 

This is the Cambodian flag. The Cambodian culture is very important in our family. David's mum (Gracie's "Ma") makes us lots of yummy Cambodian and Chinese food (they're half Chinese too). Gracie's Ma also teaches her how to speak Khmer, the Cambodian language. I can speak a little bit too, but not much. 

This week you have been asked to bring an item into school that tells us something about your culture. This is a photo of my special item. It's a locket that my Grandma gave me when I was a little girl. She lived in Wellington, which seemed very far away when I was young. She always told me that whenever I looked at the moon, I could know that she was looking too. That has become a special tradition in my family. Gracie and I talk about the moon every night before bed. We pretend we're going to go there on a rocket ship that we're going to get from NASA. 


  1. I liked reading about you Miss Chalmers. I do know that you don't like balloons - TRUE EVERYONE!

  2. I didn't know you aspire to be a professional singer. Hidden talents, Miss Chalmers.

  3. you don't like balloons-TRUE EVERYONE

  4. this is from a longgg time ago


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