Te Puāwai

  • Class Overview

    Immersion classroom
  • Te Puāwai

    Nau mai, haere mai ki tō tātou akomanga, kō Te Puāwai.

    Welcome to our classroom, Te Puāwai. Te Puāwai is a new class in Castlecliff that includes 32 Year Two and Three akonga, Mr Brewer, Whaea Terrayne and Whaea Selene.

    Encouraging our tamariki to share their thinking, interests and feelings are an important part of our classroom philosophy.

    We also encourage our tamariki to:

    – give things a go, even when they find something challenging

    – keep themselves and others safe

    – take care and be respectful of their environment/Te Taiao.

    Through nurturing our tamariki and having high expectations of them, we will continue to build courageous and independent learners.

    ‘Whangaia ka tupu, ka puāwai’

    ‘That which is nurtured, blossoms and grows’

                                                                (Whakatauki/Proverb)

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  • Class Educators

  • Tena koutou katoa

    Living in and being raised in Castlecliff has given me a deep insight into the area. To become a teacher I shifted to Tauranga to study at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute in 2005. On completion of a Bachelor of Education I moved back to Whanganui to teach. I am very familiar with Castlecliff Primary as I was taught here. I was lucky to win a position here and Castlecliff Primary has been my first and only teaching post. I have taught all age levels and still believe that a good relationship with children is first and foremost before teaching. I know that family should stick together, even when things are tough, and that all things can be worked through. In our classroom we try to operate like a whānau unit. This builds good relationships between whānau, children, kaiako and learning. Out of school, I enjoy walking, running, cycling and surfing. My wife, Elizabeth, and I are blessed to have two children, Noah 12 and Elize 9.

    — Jason Brewer
  • Tēnā rā koutou katoa
    Ko Matawhaura tōku maunga.
    Nō Te Arawa ahau
    Ko Ngāti Tamatea Tūtahi, ko Ngāti Kāwiti ōku hapū.
    Ko Tapuaeharuru tōku marae
    Ko Terrayne Whata tōku ingoa.
    I am excited to be teaching in Te Puāwai, our new year 3 class, with Mr Brewer and Whaea Selene. Two challenges I am looking forward to working on during 2018 are the implementation of the “Walker Learning Approach”, and increasing the use of te reo Māori in our akomanga.
    At home I try to provide an environment where my daughter, Aliyah – who is 15, feels she is supported.
    My endeavour is to ensure tamariki also feel welcome and supported as they continue their learning journey here at Castlecliff School.

    — Terrayne Whata
    • Whānau Approach

      We teach and learn together and then break off into our learning groups.

    • Teaching our Passions

      We focus on making connections between our teaching/learning and real life experiences.

    • Integrated te reo Māori

      Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori are an important focus to us. We ensure they are incorporated into our day.

    • Strong Literacy and Numeracy Focus

      Quality teaching and learning happens every day!

    • ICT

      Chromebooks and Ipads are integrated into our learning areas

    • Strong Home-School Relationship

      Our ears, arms and doors are always open for all whānau!

  • Class Timetable