• 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 Ashlee Mcleod and I have been at Castlecliff School for four years now after previously teaching in the Manawatu for six years. I am currently the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo) and am also lucky enough to teach in each room as the Release Teacher. I have a passion for developing independent learners and helping them meet their individual milestones. Out of school, I love playing netball and my partner, Ben, and I are lucky enough to be parents to our little girl Iyla.

    — Ashlee Mcleod
  • 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
  • Whare Tapawhā

    Our Space
  • Whare Tapawha: our space, is a space setup for all our children who may need somewhere to reset their emotions, behaviour or just have some quiet time. It also gives them someone to talk to if they need a safe person who will listen. Whare Tapawha is a relaxing, quiet space run by Whaea Samantha who has 17 years’ experience in special needs behaviour management, is a fully qualified teacher aide and is currently finishing her diploma in ‘Health and Human Behaviour’. 

    Whare Tapawha is not a room the naughty kids go to – it’s a room the children who need understanding and support go to – so we can help the child and staff understand the needs of our children. Within our school it is a very important process that helps eliminate poor behaviour associated with that feeling of hating school because school just doesn’t seem to understand. Supporting our children helps them learn and makes school the place they want to be involved with every day.

  • “I worked in our community running mainly music groups and supporting “Your Playgroup” before heading out to Brunswick school where I ran their “Little Einsteins” for 7 years teaching 3-5 years olds the basic learning needed to transition into school successfully. I have been working at Castlecliff School for three years now and am loving my new role in Whare Tapawha. I get to work with all the children in our school and support them with any problems they need help with, it’s a job that is very challenging, emotional and rewarding all in the same day.”

    — Samantha
  • 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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