Team Tama

  • Class Overview

    Our mainstream classroom
  • Team Tama

    Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

    Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

    This whakatauki is about aiming high for what is truly valuable.  Its main message is to be persistent and don’t let obstacles get in your way and stop you from reaching your goal.

    Team Tama, 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 Jack Puklowski. We are also very lucky to have the support of a fantastic teacher aide, Whaea Ngariki. 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. Team Tama 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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  • Class Educator

  • They say time flies – it was 1994 when I started at Castlecliff School and I have really enjoyed the journey. It has been a real pleasure working with the talented children of Castlecliff and their very supportive whānau. I am Whanganui born and bred and have lived here most of my life, apart from teaching stints in the Hawkes Bay and Manawatu.
    Out of school, I love to spend time with my four delightful granddaughters. I am an avid sports fan, with rugby still my favourite, so any time the All Blacks or Hurricanes win, it’s a great day!

    — Jack Puklowski
  • 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