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Tovah O'Neill

Director / Manager

Email:

info@tovahstutoring.co.nz

Phone:

027 453 0411

Qualifications:

Graduate Diploma in Teaching:
Performing Arts & English


Bachelor of Arts:
Theatre & Sports and Leisure

Teaching Registration Expiry:

Full Registration: May 2025

A BIT ABOUT ME

MY VISION

 

As Education in our country continues to elevate and explore new ideas and opportunities for learning, it becomes more apparent that we all need to take this journey together. But sometimes this can have complications, and that is where my vision comes into place. I want to provide easier opportunities for students to receive support and experience in English, Maths, Science, Drama, Dance, Food Technology. I feel providing online tutoring, interactive student workshops and teaching support allows me and my team to share this vision with all of New Zealand. 

MY EXPERIENCE

 

I am an experienced teacher (12+ years) who has taught in a diverse range of New Zealand schools. I have experience teaching primary, intermediate and high school level. I have Cambridge, PYP and IB experience. My qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Teaching in Performing Arts and English, and six years experience as a Head of Department. My qualified subjects are in Drama, Dance and English, however, I have had experience teaching ESOL, Literacy, Art, Media, Physical Education and Digital Technology as well. Some other interests of mine include theatre, writing, directing, singing, baking, visual art and archery.

MY TEACHING TIMELINE

ENGLISH

 

Year 1 – 6
Drama, Dance and Slam Poetry programme that involves the theme 'Manaakitanga'. Final product is a Performing Arts' showcase for community viewing

 

Year 9 – 10
Cambridge and Junior English programmes involve assessments based on formal writing, static image, response to text, creative writing, speeches, short stories/extended text analysis, novel study and film analysis

 

Year 11 – 13
English at NCEA level involves personal responses, formal writing, research projects, connection essays, speech and presentation, film analysis, novel study, creative writing, and writing portfolios.
Core Generic Literacy and e-asTTle experience

Year 11 – 13 English examinations involve genre studies and unfamiliar texts

Cambridge Experience

 

Personal experience includes writing programmes and scripts. Currently developing resources, a novel and poetry books.

DRAMA

Year 1 – 6
English / ESOL / Literacy, Oral and communication skills, Confidence skills, Drama, Dance and Slam Poetry programmes that involve conclude with showcases for community viewing.

 

Year 7 – 8
Slam Poetry, Drama and Dance programmes involves using PYP Inquiry (Primary Years Programme). Assessments focus on devising, script writing and developing skills for production and performance, while also linking to PYP themes.

 

Year 9 – 10
Drama programmes are bridging platforms into NCEA. They are built around planning, script writing, devising, performance and technology components. Theatre forms explored are Commedia dell’arte, Melodrama, Documentary Drama, Physical Theatre and Soap Opera.

 

Year 11 – 13
Drama at NCEA level involves a variety of achievement standards and unit standards. Students build experience in script work, devising, theatre form, directing and production. Theatre forms explored are NZ Theatre, Māori and Pasifika theatre, Pantomime, Clowning, Stanislavski’s method, Monologues, Shakespeare, Commedia dell’arte, Melodrama, Comedy of Manners, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre.

 

Year 11 – 13
Drama examinations involve responding to live performance and theatre form

Scholarship level Drama involves devising, analysing and performing at a perceptive level.
Inquiry used at high school level includes Teaching as Inquiry, Spiral of Inquiry and Te Kotahitanga

Holiday Programmes and casual teaching of Drama and Theatre Sports to primary, intermediate and high school level since 2016.

Personal performance experience in Musical theatre, Community theatre and Pantomimes since 2003.

DANCE

 

Year 1 – 6

Drama, Dance and Slam Poetry programme that involves the theme 'Manaakitanga'. Final product is a Performing Arts' showcase for community viewing

 

Year 7 – 8

Dance programmes involves using PYP Inquiry (Primary Years Programme). Assessments focus on choreography, technique and developing skills for production and performance, while also linking to PYP themes

 

Year 9 – 10

Dance programmes are bridging platforms into NCEA. They are built around developing suitable skills for a live Dance showcase. Dance genres explored are Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Narrative Dance, Pasifika and Polynaesean Dance, Gumboot, Percussive, Sasa, Te Rakau, and Fusion.
Year 9 and 10 Dance Academy Examinations include Contemporary and Hip Hop levels

 

Year 11 – 13

Dance at NCEA level involves a variety of achievement standards developing their experience with technique, repertoire, performance and choreography through solo and ensemble experiences. Genres explored are Fusion, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pasifika and Polynaesean dance, Musical Theatre and Ballroom

 

Year 11 – 13

Dance examinations involve responding to live performance.
Inquiry used at high school level includes Teaching as Inquiry, Spiral of Inquiry and Te Kotahitanga

Holiday Programmes and casual teaching of Dance and Choreography to primary school level since 2006

 

IB experience

 

Personal performance and competitive Dance since 2004

OUR SLOGAN AND MOTTO

© Online tutoring with qualified teachers.

The symbolism behind this slogan:

Tovah's Tutoring Company Ltd ® sets and meets high standards. All of our online tutors are qualified and experienced teachers. To ensure we move in parallel with our vision, we provide effective online tutoring services. Our online tuition is open to all learners in New Zealand. Our expert teachers have trained in either primary, intermediate or high school level teaching. All high school teachers have confidence teaching NCEA, in their subject areas. Some have experience facilitating programmes and managing staff. Having expert teachers ensures we meet our high standards and can provide successful tutoring services.

The symbolism behind this motto:

© 'Time, Experience, Manaakitanga' is what I centralise my teaching practice around and the services I provide. 
'Time' is the quality time I put into my service.
'Experience' is the effectiveness of my professionalism and my vast range of experience.

'Manaakitanga' is the care, respect and support I provide the learner. 'Mana' is the strength, wisdom and prestige, 'Aki' means to support, and 'tanga' is a suffix to assist and enhance the meaning behind 'mana' and 'aki'.

© Time, Experience,
Manaakitanga.

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