• Mātāwai

    Te Paparahi
  • Mātāwai

    Nau mai haere mai ki te Mātāwai me Waipuna

    We are the New Entrant/Year 1 class. Our passion is to support your child to develop to their full potential as they start their learning journey. We look forward to working alongside whānau in this journey.



    Whaea Daphne takes care of the learning for our newbies with the support of Whaea Ngariki-E-Tini and Whaea Kellie.



    Whaea Donna, the syndicate leader, and Whaea Xueping work with the Year 1 students with the support of Whaea Melissa (Missy).


  • Enrol your child in Mātāwai

  • Class Educators

  • Tena Koe,

    My name is Donna Plumridge.
    Born in Raetihi and grew up in Whanganui. A mum to two children; my son Kori and daughter Toia. I am a Grandmother to twin boys and 5 Whangi Mokopuna.

    I have a Bachelor of Education in Teaching from Massey University, T.E.F.F.L. Advanced Certificate. I have had the opportunity to Teach English in China, Saudi Arabia and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tupoho. I have also been a teacher for the Central Regional Health School working along side vulnerable youth at Te Aurere a Te Tonga Palmerston North, 

    I enjoy sports. I have coached Netball and TeeBall and umpired and played netball. 

    I’m Passionate about supporting our tamariki to be the best they can be and being positive life long learners. I am the team leader for Te Kākano (Junior) syndicate.

    — Donna Plumridge Nicola Edwards
  • 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 three 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 worshipping God at Westmere presbyterian church and am kept busy with many activities there. I really enjoy seeing children develop in these early years, and it is a privilege to be teaching and learning alongside them.

    — Daphne Stedman
  • Tēnā koe. Ko Xueping Yuan tōku ingoa.

    Ko Haina tōku iwi. Whānau mai au i Haina. Ko Papaeoia tōku kainga naianei.

    Hi. My name is Xueping Yuan. My tribe is Han. I was born in China. My home is in Palmerston North.
    In 2018, I moved to Whanganui and worked at Central Baptist Kindergarten. It was Lord Jesus’ call that I was able to take the role as a specialist teacher in our fabulous kura, where your tamaiti experiences the best schooling and aroha from us, the dedicated staff members. You can find me in Maataawai.

    — Xueping Yuan
    • Foundational Movement Skills

      Learning both big and small movement Skills

    • Socialisation

      Learning to manage our bodies, feelings and minds.

    • Alphabet Knowledge

      Learning letter names and sounds.

    • Language building

      Building our Language by doing things and talking to each other.

    • Writing and Reading

      Writing our names, letters and numbers. Learning the beginning words for reading.

    • Mathematics

      Recognising numbers, patterns and shapes. Counting and understanding quantity.