Year 8

This year we have one class of Year 8 students, taught by Whaea Toni Sinclair.

Tena koutou,

My name is Toni Sinclair. I am the homeroom teacher for Year 8’s this year. I also teach Te Reo Maori to Year 7-10 students each term. Additionally, I work closely with our senior students who plan and fundraise towards a bi-annual World Challenge trip overseas.

I love working with the kids at Coromandel Area School and feel really privileged to call Coromandel town my home.

I grew up all over the North Island, living in most towns between Wellington and Whangarei. I went to 14 schools which were mostly mainstream but also included a Maori girls boarding school and two schools in Paraguay, South America. That varied experience gave me an insight into what it means to be the ‘new student’, the ‘Maori student’ and the ‘exchange/foreign student’.

As an adult, I have had a variety of jobs and experiences that allow me to create a positive classroom environment. I plan camps and assist with our World Challenge travel arrangements because of my work as a travel agent. I know how to create a safe environment for students where they feel heard and respected because of my work as a youth worker.

My undergraduate degree is in English Literature with a minor in Spanish. I have a postgraduate diploma (Poutahu Whakaakoranga) in Maori Medium Teaching. My strengths are in literacy and mathematics. My goal this year is to weave technology and te reo Maori into all subject areas.

I look forward to meeting with you, learning about your child and finding out what makes them tick. If you wish to catch up with me I will be in the classroom from 8.30am onwards or you can ring the office to make a time (07) 866 8893, alternatively please email me at

Mauri ora!