International Manager

My name is Kathryn Michel and I come from South Africa but have lived in New Zealand since 1992. I trained as a teacher in South Africa and then did my English as a Second Language (ESOL) training in New Zealand. I have taught ESOL since 2002, both in Language schools, privately and now at Gate P? School. I have also enjoyed hosting many homestay students in my home where I can give them opportunities to learn about the culture, and practice their conversation skills.

I love helping International students gain confidence in English and help them to discover new experiences and New Zealand culture. I enjoy getting to know the children and building relationships with them.
Gate P? School is part of a multi-cultural community where every culture is valued. At Gate P? School I work with a team of amazing teachers, helping your child to discover their individuality and strengths. I also work alongside your child in small groups helping them to improve their English skills in a non-threating, culturally inclusive environment. I have a wonderful modern classroom where they can learn through creativity, hands on experiences and many extended language opportunities.

Tauranga is a wonderful place to learn as it is so culturally diverse and has so many exciting places to explore and new experiences to be had, which all enrich the language learning opportunities. The pristine beaches, lush forests, crystal clear rivers and many walkways and cycle tracks all add to the learning experiences as well as the many arts, theatre and cultural activities happening in the city.

Besides teaching English as a Second Language at Gate P? School I also teach Korean children privately in my home and have done this for many years. I also love walking and biking in the beautiful N.Z. outdoors, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

I look forward to meeting you and your child and helping you settle into our school and culture.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.

Kathryn Michel

Kathryn Michel

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0064-7-5785325 Gate P? School.



Gate Pa school
900 Cameron Rd

Phone: +64 7 578 5325
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School dates for 2020

Term 1

4 February to 9 April.

Term 2
  28 April to 3 July.
Term 3
  20 July to 25 September.
Term 4
  12 October to 15 December.