Te Kaakano

  • Junior School

    Te Kaakano - a seed, the beginning
  • We currently have four New Entrant to Year 2 classes…


    • Waipuna (New Entrants) – Whaea Donna Plumridge
    • Mātāwai (Year 1) – Whaea Shaia Twomey
    • Wai Māori (Year 2) – Whaea Anne Moon
    • Wai Tai (Year 2) – Wai Marino – Whaea Daphne Stedman


  • Class Educators

    Ngā Kaiako
  • 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 Maaori 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 Kaakano, our junior syndicate.

    — Donna Plumridge Nicola Edwards
  • Kia ora, my name is Shaia Twomey and I was born and bred here in Whanganui. I was educated at Parikino in the early 90s, and then later moved on to Kokohuia where I graduated in 2004. I have been employed here at Castlecliff School since 2015, and did my first 4 years here as a Kaiarahi i te Reo Maaori. After completing A Bachelor in Maaori Medium and Diploma in Maaori Education at Massey University in November 2018, I was fortunate enough to be given a teaching role. This is my first year teaching, I am absolutely loving it, and feel so privileged to be working here at Castlecliff School.

    — Shaia Twomey
  • Kōrero coming soon…

    — Anne Moon
  • 2021 kōrero coming soon…

    — Daphne Stedman
    • 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.