• Class Overview

  • Tūāpapa

    Tūāpapa is Castlecliff’s beginning class.

    Whaea Donna and Whaea Tracy plan and teach together supported by Whaea Samantha and Hemi.

    We are a team who are dedicated to building the social, physical and academic foundations of learning for each child.

    Everyday the whole school joins for karakia, celebrations and daily news in the hall. We then do some exercise. Then we start our learning programe up till play time at 11.00-11.25am. After this much needed break we get into a literacy programme until lunch at 12:45pm. The afternoon starts at 1:30pm when, during the warm weather, the pool is used to teach swimming and cool the children down after running about with friends. During cooler weather we do alphabet clay work, ‘Perceptual Motor Programme’ exercises, waiata and te reo Māori on different days. We finish the day with Mathematics and a karakia before we go home at 2:45 p.m.


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  • Class Educator

  • Tena Koe

    My name is Donna Plumridge.

    Born in Raetihi, Grew up in Whanganui.

    A mum to two children Son Kori and Daughter Toia. Grandmother to twin boys and 5 Whangi Mokopuna.

    B.Ed Teaching from Massey University, T.E.F.F.L. Advanced Certificate. I Had the opportunities to Teach English in China and Saudi Arabia and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tupoho.

    I have 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 and Coach Netball and TeeBall, Umpire and Play netball. 

    Im Passionate about supporting our tamariki to be the best they can be, being positive life long learners. 

    — Donna Plumridge-Kashif
  • Kia ora, my name is Tracy Katene. I was born and bred in a small
    town called Waipukurau. I am the youngest of four. In 2015 I completed my Bachelor of Teaching through Te Wananga O Raukawa. I took a year’s break before continuing teaching certification. In this time I worked in a variety of schools, as a reliever or teacher aide, before leaping into my role here at Castlecliff School, which I am thoroughly enjoying. I love spending time with my family and friends over food and a cuppa either sitting casually on the couch or outside in the sun.

    — Tracey Katene
    • 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.

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