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Phone 06 755-0973
Office Hours: 8:30am-3.30pm

Meet The Staff

Ngatai Walker

Ngatai Walker
Principal

Appointed to lead Puketapu in 2016, Ngatai is an experienced educator, who was Deputy Principal at Inglewood Primary and with Core Education as Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator. Originally from Masterton, Ngatai grew up in the Wairarapa before moving to Taranaki.  Ngatai is a keen sports fan and coaches the Inglewood premier rugby team and the Taranaki development squad. Believing strongly in growing positive citizens, Ngatai is a leader with a strong knowledge of teaching and learning and a passion for community.

Corinne Sattler

Corinne Sattler
Deputy Principal & Kauri Learning Leader

A long standing member of the Puketapu team, Corinne is Taranaki born and bred. Corinne believes the each and every individual is precious and valuable, and that there is something unique about everyone. Being happy, enjoying learning that is exciting and fun helps build  life long learners. Corinne is a strong believer in the hauhora philosophy, recognising the importance of well-being and whole person learning. We are all learners, and we are all teachers, so learning is a partnership. Corinne feels strongly about empowering, students, colleagues and parents/whanau to make the most of that. Corinne loves literacy and the arts, especially writing, and is often involved in projects and literacy groups.

Christine Murphy

Christine Murphy
Kowhai Learning Leader, Kowhai 4 (Year 5/6)

Christine is a ‘Naki’ girl through and through and has taught in several Taranaki schools over her teaching career. Seeing children make progress in their learning is what ‘gets her out of bed in the morning’ but watching them develop into ‘well rounded citizens for the future’ is what really excites her. Christine leads the Kowhai Learning Team, has responsibility for overseeing the Library programmes and is a member of the Literacy Lead team.

Lesley McDonald

Lesley McDonald
Rimu Learning Leader, Rimu 1 (New Entrants Year 0/1)

Teaching in the Reception class, Lesley is the first teacher that most new students meet. Helping to transition new entrants into the school with a happy balance of play and learning, she is also the Learning Leader for the school’s Rimu Learning Team.

Fiona Warring

Fiona Warring
Teacher, Rimu 3 (Year 1/2)

A parent as well as a teacher, Fiona has had close links with Puketapu School for some time. Having worked in early childhood for several years, Fiona is perfectly placed to support our young students in their early years at school.

Peggy Schwieters

Peggy Schwieters
Teacher, Rimu 3 (Year 1/2)

Louisa Sharrock

Louisa Sharrock
Teacher, Rimu 4 (Year 2/3)

A local girl who still lives in Bell Block, Louisa loves to read and to swim and enjoys teaching swimming during the summer months. Louisa’s mantra: “The kids that we teach may not remember what it is that we have taught them, but they will always remember how we made them feel, so I do my utmost to ensure that they always leave me with a smile on their face and a giggle in their heart.”

Anna Moratti

Anna Moratti
Teacher, Kowhai 1 (Year 3/4)

Growing up in the wonderful Taranaki ensured Anna knew she wanted to come home to teach, after training at the Otago College of Education. Anna is very excited about putting all her fresh ideas and enthusiasm into her first teaching job. Anna has a passion for sports and technology. In Anna’s class you will find an exciting space to motivate and ensure her students have fun as they learn.

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Kelly Harvey
Teacher, Kowhai 2 (Year 4/5)

Lisa Haenga

Lisa Haenga
Teacher, Kowhai 2 (Year 4/5)

Back at Puketapu after completing her Masters Degree, Lisa believes that we are all learners, no matter how young or old, and life is made exciting because of the new challenges that we choose to give ourselves. Developing confidence in students to have a go at anything is important to Lisa because confidence leads to participation and participation leads to learning. Of course there is a cycle here, because the more we know the more confident we feel. Lisa also believes that parents are a significantly important part of this process, we all learn a lot from our parents and whanau. When students come to school teachers become part of this learning/coaching team. When parents and teachers work together fantastic things can happen.

Maryanne Baylis

Maryanne Baylis
Teacher, Kowhai 3 (Year 4/5)

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Vanessa Gotz
Teacher, Kauri 1 (Year 7/8)

Passionate about working with and getting the best out of our senior students, Vanessa is a strong believer in empowering them and encouraging them to take responsibility for their learning. The driving force behind our Achievement Programme, Vanessa is also instrumental to our kapa haka roopu, basketball, netball, debating, and much more.

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Ana Whelan
Teacher, Kauri 2 (Year 7/8)

The newest addition to the Puketapu team, a key part of Ana’s teaching style is building strong learning-focused relationships. Understanding where a student comes from and providing ways for them to relate to that through learning helps students have great successes and strong relationships with whanau means learning can continue at home.  Ana has special interest in involving tikanga me te reo Māori in everyday teaching and learning, coaching and participating in a range of sports, cultural and extra-curricular activities, especially basketball, Kapa Haka and dance and drama.

Kim Sowman

Kim Sowman
ORS Learning Support, Classroom Teacher Release

Kim teaches part time at Puketapu School. She works in the Kauri Learning Team, supporting some of our ORS funded students, and in other classrooms supporting teacher release. Kim is one half of our Sports & Community Liaison team.  Kim started her teaching career many years ago in Hawera. Once she was registered she headed off to the UK for 8 years and taught in a wide variety of schools in between traveling to many different countries. Kim returned to New Zealand and had her own family who are now also at Puketapu School.

Gay MacKenzie

Gay MacKenzie
Reading Recovery Teacher

A Bell Block resident for many years, Gay works part time at school, teaching Reading Recovery. Over the years she has helped many, many children to achieve their goals in reading. She enjoys working one-to-one with children and seeing the amazing results they can achieve.

Jay Lane

Jay Lane
Learning Assistant

Always a friendly face around the school, Jay loves working alongside children in class or on a 1-1 basis as part of reading, literacy and speech programmes. She enjoys seeing the children achieve their personal goals. Jay is also our Duffy co-ordinator and supports many different activities around the school.

Diane Benton

Diane Benton
Learning Assistant

Michele Oldfield

Michele Oldfield
Learning Assistant

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David Tuna
Learning Assistant

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Shaina Moratti
Learning Assistant

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Brody Lindsay
Learning Assistant

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Sandra Fonoti
Learning Assistant

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Casio Austin
Learning Assistant

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Hamish McDonald
Learning Assistant

Another recent addition to our team of Learning Assistants, Hamish works with the Rimu Learning Team, providing another positive young male role model for our youngest students. Hailing from Waitara, Hamish has strong Puketapu connections: he went to school with Miss Moratti and he is Mrs McDonald’s son. Away from Puketapu, Hamish has been involved in youth work through his church and holiday and after school clubs.

Judith Jackson

Judith Jackson
Learning Assistant & Librarian

A trained librarian, Judith’s passion is to ensure that the school library has an up to date, relevant collection that not only supports the curriculum but provides the children with a variety of material for their recreational reading and research needs.  During each class’ weekly session, she familiarises the children with all aspects of books and the library and teaches the skills necessary to become efficient, independent library users.  Working with children and seeing the progression they make gives her the greatest satisfaction.

Raymond Quince

Raymond Quince
Caretaker

Truly one of the essential members of staff, Mr Quince looks after our fabulous grounds, keeping everything safe and tidy and working well. As well as being our Mr Fix-It around the school, he is also our IT guru, making sure our technology works correctly, from computers and internet to the sound and presentations at our weekly Assembly.

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Paula Deuart, Toni Maxwell and Natasha Suthon
Cleaners

Where would we be without this wonderful team? In a mess, that’s where! Every day they come in to clean and vacuum and get our classrooms ready for the next day of busy activity.

Paula Martin

Paula Martin
School Administrator

The friendly face you see when you arrive in the office, Mrs Martin is the first point of contact for enrolments, messages or questions and takes care of much of the school’s administration. Originally from Taranaki, she spent several years living in London and now uses her corporate world experience to ensure the smooth running of the school.

Contact us

Address

Dillon Drive,
Bell Block,
New Plymouth.
4312

 

Main Reception

Phone 06 755-0973

Online

office@puketapu.school.nz
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