Te Puaawai

  • Middle School

    Te Puaawai - to bloom, to come to fruition
  • We currently have three Year 3 and 4 classes…

    • Wai Marino – Whaea Letitia Steele
    • Wai Mārie – Whaea Maree Squire
    • Wai Toiora – Whaea Tracy Katene

    All students in Te Puāwai are encouraged to reach their full potential, implementing our MANA values, and having high expectations with learning and behaviour.

    Our learning is centred around Speaking, Reading, Writing and Maths in English and Māori. ICT is a part of daily learning. All Kaiako will ensure that we have a productive relationship with your child, you, the whānau, iwi and wider communities. These are vital foundations for effective teaching, learning and support for our students

  • Class Educators

    Ngā Kaiako
  • Kia ora,

    My name is Letitia Steele. 2019 was the first year back in the classroom full time. The previous two years I have taught Reading Recovery and covered Deputy Principal release. Both my husbands’ family and my family have a long history with the school and I have enjoyed returning to where my education began.

    I have two daughters at Castlecliff School and they are absolutely loving it. My husband and my three young children live around the corner and love the fact we have such an amazing community minded school just down the road.

    I love sport and physical education, so this is how I spend my time given half the chance. I feel privileged to be working alongside our tamariki and watching them blossom.

    — Letitia Steele
  • Kia ora,

    I am privileged to be working in Wai Mārie with year 3 and 4 tamariki. My vision for Wai Mārie is to provide opportunities for all ākonga to be actively engaged in their learning, to take risks, and to grow their resilience. In our class we are working towards becoming self managing learners, and setting high expectations for ourselves and our learning. The school values provide a supportive environment for “giving things a go” and taking ourselves outside our comfort zone. Learning alongside my students makes every day a unique experience.

    — Maree Squire
  • 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 break before continuing teaching certification. In this time I worked in a variety of schools, as a reliever and 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.

    — Tracy Katene
    • 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!