Whanau

  • Class Overview

    Our senior immersion classroom
  • Whānau

    All students within the Whānau Room are nurtured to reach their full potential using contemporary Māori values, through Te Ao Māori, and having high expectations with learning and behaviour. Kapa haka is optional for students of the Whanāu Room. Students are taught Speaking, Reading, Writing and Maths in English and Māori. ICT is a part of daily learning. The Kaiako make productive relationships with your child, you, the whānau, iwi and wider communities. These are vital foundations for effective teaching, learning and support for our students. The Whānau room has three Kaiako & two Kaiarahi i te Reo. The doors are always open to our whānau to come and see what your child/ren’s learning, what they’re laughing about, and what they’re having fun learning. Nau mai, haere mai.

    • Age Group:
      Year 3 - 6 (Age 7 - 10)
    • Team Size:
      45
    • Classification:
      Immersion
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  • Class Educators

  • Kia ora, my name is Moana Twomey. I am one of the Deputy Principals and a Kaiako in the Whānau Room & working one day in Team Tama. I have lived in Whanganui all my life and now I live at Upokongaro, I have three children. I have been teaching for 19 years and still love what I do. My whānau and teaching career are my passion. My interests include socialising, shopping, Kapa haka, looking after other people’s babies, sports, and watching the Food Channel.

    — Moana Twomey
  • Hi, my name is Rashirl Kereopa. I was born in Wairoa (East Coast) and moved to Whanganui when I was young. I am the third youngest in my whānau. I enjoy travelling and spending time with whānau and friends. I am currently the sports coordinator and coaching our school netball team, with the support of staff. I enjoy teaching and learning alongside our students and find it amazing when they take a lead role in their learning.

    — Rashirl Kereopa
  • 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 causally on the couch or outside in the sun.

    — Tracy Katene
    • Immersion Environment

      Speaking, Reading, Writing and Math in English & Māori.

    • Kapa Haka

      Compulsory Kapa Haka is a major strength of the Whānau Class.

    • Expert Māori Kaiako

      We are blessed with TWO Kaiarahi i te reo Kaiako in our Class.

    • Tuakana-Teina

      We use a Tuakana-Teina approach to learning.

    • ICT

      We integrate the Chromebooks into our learning.

    • Welcoming Atmosphere

      The doors are always open to our whānau.

  • Class Timetable

  • Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Start-up
    MANA presentations Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Start-up
    MANA presentations Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Start-up
    MANA presentations Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Start-up
    MANA presentations Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Start-up
    Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Writing
    Literacy
    9:30 am
    10:25 am

    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am

    Reading
    Literacy
    10:35 am
    11:25 am

    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Writing
    Literacy
    9:30 am
    10:25 am

    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am

    Reading
    Literacy
    10:35 am
    11:25 am

    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Writing
    Literacy
    9:30 am
    10:25 am

    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am

    Reading
    Literacy
    10:35 am
    11:25 am

    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Writing
    Literacy
    9:30 am
    10:25 am

    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am

    Reading
    Literacy
    10:35 am
    11:25 am

    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Literacy Intensive
    & Strand Mathematics
    9:30 am
    10:25 am

    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am

    Kapa Haka
    Practice
    10:35 am
    11:25 am

    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Maths
    Numeracy
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Maths
    Numeracy
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Maths
    Numeracy
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Maths
    Numeracy
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Maths
    Activities
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Community Curriculum
    1:30 pm
    2:35 pm
    Art, Science, Sport, Environmental awareness
    Community Curriculum
    1:30 pm
    2:35 pm
    Art, Science, Sport, Environmental awareness
    Community Curriculum
    1:30 pm
    2:35 pm
    Art, Science, Sport, Environmental awareness
    Community Curriculum
    1:30 pm
    2:35 pm
    Art, Science, Sport, Environmental awareness
    Pack-up
    1:30 pm
    2:15 pm
    Assembly
    School Assembly
    2:15 pm
    2:45 pm

    Monday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am
    • Writing
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am
    • Reading
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Community Curriculum
      1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Tuesday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am
    • Writing
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am
    • Reading
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Community Curriculum
      1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Wednesday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am
    • Writing
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am
    • Reading
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Community Curriculum
      1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Thursday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am
    • Writing
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am
    • Reading
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Community Curriculum
      1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Friday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am
    • Literacy Intensive
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am
    • Kapa Haka
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Pack-up
      1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
    • Assembly
      2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Start-up
    MANA presentations Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Start-up
    MANA presentations Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Start-up
    MANA presentations Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Start-up
    MANA presentations Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am
    Start-up
    Exercise
    9:00 am
    9:30 am

    Monday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am

    Tuesday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am

    Wednesday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am

    Thursday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am

    Friday

    • Start-up
      9:00 am - 9:30 am
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Writing
    Literacy
    9:30 am
    10:25 am
    Writing
    Literacy
    9:30 am
    10:25 am
    Writing
    Literacy
    9:30 am
    10:25 am
    Writing
    Literacy
    9:30 am
    10:25 am
    Literacy Intensive
    & Strand Mathematics
    9:30 am
    10:25 am
    Reading
    Literacy
    10:35 am
    11:25 am
    Reading
    Literacy
    10:35 am
    11:25 am
    Reading
    Literacy
    10:35 am
    11:25 am
    Reading
    Literacy
    10:35 am
    11:25 am
    Kapa Haka
    Practice
    10:35 am
    11:25 am
    Maths
    Numeracy
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Maths
    Numeracy
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Maths
    Numeracy
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Maths
    Numeracy
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Maths
    Activities
    11:45 am
    12:45 pm
    Community Curriculum
    1:30 pm
    2:35 pm
    Art, Science, Sport, Environmental awareness
    Community Curriculum
    1:30 pm
    2:35 pm
    Art, Science, Sport, Environmental awareness
    Community Curriculum
    1:30 pm
    2:35 pm
    Art, Science, Sport, Environmental awareness
    Community Curriculum
    1:30 pm
    2:35 pm
    Art, Science, Sport, Environmental awareness
    Pack-up
    1:30 pm
    2:15 pm

    Monday

    • Writing
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Reading
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Community Curriculum
      1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Tuesday

    • Writing
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Reading
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Community Curriculum
      1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Wednesday

    • Writing
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Reading
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Community Curriculum
      1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Thursday

    • Writing
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Reading
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Community Curriculum
      1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Friday

    • Literacy Intensive
      9:30 am - 10:25 am
    • Kapa Haka
      10:35 am - 11:25 am
    • Maths
      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    • Pack-up
      1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm
    Lunch
    Play Time
    12:45 pm
    1:30 pm

    Monday

    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

    Tuesday

    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

    Wednesday

    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

    Thursday

    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

    Friday

    • Lunch
      12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am
    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am
    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am
    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am
    Fruit Break
    Snack
    10:25 am
    10:35 am

    Monday

    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am

    Tuesday

    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am

    Wednesday

    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am

    Thursday

    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am

    Friday

    • Fruit Break
      10:25 am - 10:35 am
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am
    Morning Tea
    Play Time
    11:25 am
    11:45 am

    Monday

    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am

    Tuesday

    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am

    Wednesday

    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am

    Thursday

    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am

    Friday

    • Morning Tea
      11:25 am - 11:45 am
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Assembly
    School Assembly
    2:15 pm
    2:45 pm

    Friday

    • Assembly
      2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
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