Staff at Trinity  Kindergarten

Head Teacher – Engela Nel (Bachelor of Teaching ECE)

“It is a privilege to work for Trinity Kindergarten and to have the opportunity to work alongside such dedicated teachers, who daily aspire to provide quality care and education for children in a Christian environment.

My desire is for our Kindergarten to offer a place where children and their families feel welcome, cared for and valued, as well as providing an inspirational learning environment that meet each individual child’s interest and needs. I believe that every child has unlimited potential, therefore it is important that they are encouraged so they become confident in who they have been created to be. Above all, I love that each child knows that they are loved by God and that they have a destiny in Him.

Together as an enthusiastic teaching team, we believe that we are a multi-talented, dynamic team that delivers the very best education for our children.

I have a passion for education and in particular my interest in school readiness. I continually enjoy developing our Rising Star’s programme to be successful in preparing every individual child for Primary school.”

Administrator – Bernice Smit

Hi, my name is Bernice Smit.  I am so privileged to be part of such a wonderful kindergarten.

My journey with Trinity began 7 years ago when my son joined the kindy.  2 years later my daughter joined and they both thrived in the environment.

It is so exciting to be back at Trinity – only this time on the other side!

I believe that I have been placed at Trinity to fulfil my purpose in life – serving God and his wonderful creations.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

I look forward to this privileged opportunity of being part of this amazing team.

Teacher – Pippa van Wyk (Bachelor of Teaching ECE)

Hello and Kia Ora everyone. My name is Pippa Van Wyk and my husband and two sons and  I are originally from South Africa. Over the past 6 years we have made New Zealand/Aotearoa our home and have embraced its Culture and everything it has to offer. I studied at New Zealand Tertiary College where I obtained my Early Childhood Education Bachelor Degree.

My Christian upbringing influences my teaching practice and the way I interact with people. I believe that respect and love for all God’s creations is vital if educators are to provide the best education for young children today.  I embrace the Biblical instruction about the special place of children in our lives and our duty towards them.”

If  someone asks me why I became and Early Childhood Teacher, my reply is easy: I am passionate about teaching children, making a difference in their lives, and most of all learning alongside them as they explore their environment.

Teacher – Hazel Spinnler (Bachelor of Teaching ECE)

Kia Ora, Greetings to all,

I feel so very blessed to have joined the wonderful Trinity whānau. Over the past few years my husband, Markus, and my 3 children, Dominic, Kaitlin and Danielle have all supported my learning journey to become an Early Childhood Teacher.  I am very passionate about providing a quality Christian early childhood education and I really enjoy teaching and learning alongside young children. I believe young children learn best through nurturing relationships, fun interactive play and exploration within a warm caring stimulating learning environment. I aim to respect, encourage, support and inspire all young children to reach their full learning potential throughout their important journey towards the school environment.

Teacher – Rebecca Fitness (Bachelor of Teaching ECE)

Kia Ora Trinity Whanau.

Hello, my name is Becky Fitness.

I have been working in Early Childhood Education for ten years; six years in New Zealand and most recently four years in the UK.

I am delighted and honoured to be part of the Trinity family and specifically the Christian environment with shared values and beliefs.

My core philosophy for Early Childhood Education in practice is that each and every child has capability to bring something unique and special to the world.

My goal is foster your children’s learning and assist each child in reaching their full potential.

Teacher – Claire Rooke (Bachelor of Teaching ECE)

Kia Ora Everyone,

My name is Claire Rooke. My husband, two sons and I emigrated to New Zealand in 2009 from South Africa. I then began my studies at New Zealand Tertiary College where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012.

I have always had a passion for working with young children and am so excited to be a part of the Trinity Kindergarten Whānau. I believe that all children are a gift from God with unique God given talents and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be working in an environment where we are able to teach the children on a daily basis about God’s truth and love for them.

I love watching children learn, grow and develop in a nurturing, inclusive environment which enables them to become independent thinkers through their exploration and play. What a privilege it is to be a part of a child’s world!