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.
Deputy Principal & SENCO
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.
Teacher, Rimu 1 (Year 0/1)
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.
Teacher, Rimu 1 (Year 0/1)
Rimu Learning Leader, Rimu 2 (Year 1/2)
Teacher, Rimu 3 (Year 1/2)
ORS Learning Support, Shared Classroom Teacher
Kim teaches part time at Puketapu School. She works in Rimu 1 every Tuesday and Rimu 3 every Thursday. She also runs a Kaitiaki programme where she takes a group of children out to learn about our local environment. Kim also supports our ORS funded students in Kauri and Rimu. Kim is also our Sports & Community Liaison person and is one of the teacher reps on the Home and School. 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 central London between traveling to many different countries. Kim returned to New Zealand and had her own family who are now also at Puketapu School.
Totara Learning Leader, Totara 1 (Year 2/3)
Teacher, Totara 2 (Year 2/3)
Teacher, Totara 3 (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.”
Teacher, Kowhai 1 (Year 4)
Kowhai Learning Leader, Kowhai 2 (Year 4/5)
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.
Teacher, Kowhai 3 (Year 5/6)
Julia joins the teaching team after completing her Grad Dip Teaching in 2017. Although she is a new teacher she is not a new face having worked previously at Puketapu as a Learning Assistant. Julia lives locally with her whanau. She loves sport and coaches netball, touch and hockey. She loves to swim and in summer can be seen at East End as part of their volunteer Surf Life Saving crew.
No he kakano iti, he puawai ana he kauri – From a small seed, a tall tree will blossom. Julia believes there is greatness with every student and all have the potential to become tall trees. Julia’s teaching philosophy centres on allowing students to find the greatness within themselves and watching them blossom as they embrace their strengths.
Kauri 1 (Year 6/7)
Growing up I was fascinated with superheroes and doing heroic deeds. My time spent in Australia doing my volunteer teaching year showed me that heroes do exist. Not necessarily to the eyes of the public, however through the eyes of the students who are sitting in front of you. And that is all that matters. Being a hero to the students does not necessarily mean swinging through the streets or stopping a runaway car with one hand, it is having faith that they can succeed, even when they have little faith in themselves. It is showing that you care for them and value the korero you have with them. It is establishing and cherishing that student-teacher relationship. I may not be a superhero like the characters out of the comic book pages but those stories of heroism have taught me the value of what it means to be ‘a good guy’ and to always do the right thing.
Kauri Learning Leader, Kauri 2 (Year 7/8)
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.
Teacher, Kauri 3 (Year 7/8)
Maths Specialist Teacher, Classroom Release Teacher
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.
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.
Learning Assistant & 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. Working with children and seeing the progression they make gives her the greatest satisfaction.
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.
Paula Deuart & Toni Maxwell
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.
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.