Te Whanake

  • Class Overview

    Our mainstream classroom
  • Te Whanake

    Te Whanake, situated in Rooms 5 and 6, has 40-45 Year 4-6 students – depending on the time of the year.

    The teaching duties are shared by Tere McGrail and Pipiana Rowe. We are also very lucky to have the support of two fantastic teacher aides, Whaea Ngariki and Whaea Selene.

    The children are grouped according to their learning needs and these groups are flexible. The morning programme consists of the main subjects of reading, writing and mathematics.

    After lunch we enjoy our school’s “Community Curriculum” where children are involved in a wide range of different learning.

    Te Whanake tries to establish a caring classroom where good relationships are very important. We want our tamariki to be self-motivated and always try to be the “best they can be”. We encourage our whānau to keep in contact with us because you are such an important part to our tamariki’s learning.


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  • Ngā manga iti, ngā manga nui e honohono kau ana, ka tupu hei Awa Tupua.

    Ko Ruapehu te maunga
    Ko Whanganui te awa
    Ko Pūtiki Wharanui a Tamatea Pōkai Whenua te marae
    Ko Ngāti Tupoho me Ngāti Tumango ōku hapū
    Ko Te Atihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi te iwi
    Ko Pipiana Rowe tōku ingoa.

    Tēnā rawa atu ki a kautau katoa!
    Born and raised in Pūtiki, Whanganui I have spent over 20 years teaching both here and in Wellington.
    I continue to live in Pūtiki and enjoy participating in various events within our hapū, iwi and community.
    Teaching has been a pathway which has allowed me the opportunity to contribute to the lives of students and their whanau, where I also have been fortunate to gain many learnings through my engagements with them.
    I am passionate about our tamariki mokopuna achieving success through their culture, language and identity. I continue to foster and nurture this in all learners, myself included.
    Returning to Castlecliff School many years after having had my very first placement as a student teacher, I am teaching in Te Whanake while Whaea Ashlee is on maternity leave.
    Please come in and visit anytime you would like, it would be great to meet and get to know you, alongside your tamaiti/tamariki.

    “Kimihia te manakohi, he oranga mōu, mōku, mō tātau katoa”
    Seek knowledge, so it is of benefit to you, me, for us all”

    — Pipiana Rowe
  • Tena koutou katoa,

    Ko Taranaki te maunga
    Ko Ngaruahine taku Iwi
    Ko Tawhitinui taku marae
    Ko Tere McGrail taku ingoa

    I was born and raised in Whanganui. In 1998 I graduated from Wellington College of Education with a Bachelor of Education. Having recently finished working with the Ministry of Education, in Special Education in Christchurch, I have decided to return home to teach. I am fortunate to be teaching in Team Tama this year with Jack Puklowski. One of our main goals for Team Tama is to increase the level of teaching in te reo Māori. I also lead te reo Māori development within the kura.

    Mauri ora ki a koutou, Na Tere

    — Tere McGrail
    • Shared Space

      We create a collaborative learning environment.

    • Family Feel

      We make our families feel welcome.

    • ICT

      We integrate ICT into our everyday learning.

    • Support Staff

      We have support staff working inside our classroom everyday.

    • Experience

      Our classroom teachers bring a wealth of teaching experience.

    • Key Learning Areas

      We place a lot of importance achieving success in Reading, Writing & Maths.

  • Class Timetable