Faculty of Education and Social Work

Sina Leilua – High school Science and Biology teacher


“I am teaching Science and Biology at Botany Downs Secondary College this year, which was the school I was at for my first practicum. Going on practicum was the highlight of this programme for me as in the end I felt I was confident enough to teach in my own classroom.

“I went on practicum at two schools that were very different from each other, which allowed me to adapt my teaching style and prepared me for anything that came my way. It also helped me to decide what type of school I wanted to teach in and reassured me that I was on the right path to a career that I would love.

“I enjoyed the assignments that were set for my Science and Biology courses. For example, for one assignment we had to create our own website. I chose to make mine for students to use as a study tool with videos, readings and past exam papers – which I think will be useful for my students.”

Sina Leilua (Tainui) completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) and is now teaching Science and Biology at Botany Downs Secondary College. Sina was a recipient of a TeachNZ Kupe Scholarship for Māori and Pasifika High Achievers.