• See how we value Culture.

  • Culture is truly ‘alive’ at Castlecliff Primary School. It’s embraced, celebrated, developed and integrated in all that we do— everyday!

    Our kura meets the needs of all our students as a part of a large culture
  • Our kura nurtures and embraces Te Reo Māori, which is spoken in all key areas of learning on a day – to – day basis in every teaching team. We also engage in Whanganui cultural celebrations like Puanga and all students participate in weekly Kapa Haka.

    In our kura we feature other key areas which make our school the place where our children feel at home and in a whānau that fully supports their holistic needs.

    This includes Breakfast club with Whaea Michelle; Whare Tapawha with Whaea Samatha; Library and Homework club with Whaea Nina.

    The children who need extra support in their learning will see Whaea Letitia with Reading Recovery and Whaea Ashlee as our SENCo who also oversees all other extra learning needs that need to be met.


  • Kia Ora. My name is Daphne Stedman. I live on a Lifestyle Block in Maxwell with my husband, two cats chickens, sheep and a few cattle. I have three beautiful daughters and two granddaughters who i love to visit in Raumati for recreation i walk, swim, sing and play the piano and in summer i occasionally kayak. I love worshiping God at Westmere Presbyterian church and am kept busy with many activities there. I will be working as SENCO in 2019 and reliving when needed.

    — Daphne Stedman
  • Hi my name is Michelle and I work with small groups of 4 children at a time with a programme that helps children who need extra literacy skills “staircase” learning is a programme that has online games, book work and board games. This is a fun interactive programme that I have the privilege to deliver. I also run our Breakfast club, which is a nice space for our kids to come and have their breakfast each morning we also provided milk in school fruit and lunches if need.

    — Michelle
  • I have been a member of the support staff at Castlecliff School for fifteen years. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, a Teaching English as a second Language RSA Certificate and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to speakers of other Languages.

    I wear several hats, but all of these hats reflect my passion for literacy. I am the school’s Library Manager. I deliver reading programmes to individual children, such as toe by toe and Early words. I deliver literacy assistance using Davis learning strategies. I deliver ESOL tuition to our students whose mother tongue is not english. As Library manager. I support our literacy leader in the school in the promotion and championing of literacy.

    — Nina Miller
  • Kia Ora, my name is Letitia Steele. This is my second year teaching Reading Recovery at Castlecliff School. Both my husbands’ family and my family have a long history with the school and I have enjoyed returning to where my education began. My daughter also started at Castlecliff School this year and is absolutely loving it. My husband and my three young children live around the corner and love the fact we have such an amazing community minded school just down the road. I love sport and physical education, so this is how I spend my time given half the chance. I feel privileged to be working alongside our tamariki and watching them blossom.

    — Letitia
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