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.
Kauri Learning Team
Amanda O’Dowda (Team Leader & AP Senior School), David Martin, Julia Johnstone and Claire Wigley (Design Technology)
Kowhai Learning Team
Nicole Perry (Team Leader), Ana Whelan, Brody Lindsay, Cara Knuckey, Avon Lewis and Flo Gibson-Harris
Totara Learning Team
Kellie Minnell (Team Leader and AP Junior School), Kelly Harvey, Louisa Sharrock, Alejandro Barrientos, Peggy Schwieters and Marina Collier
Rimu Learning Team
Anna Proffit (Team Leader), Rachel Slack, Jess Murrihy, Laurie Edwin, Kim Sowman & Shirlene Paterson
Working across all levels of the school, we have two specialist teachers working alongside students and teachers in two of the most important elements of foundation learning.
Caroline Den-McKay leads us for Literacy and Shirlene Paterson in Maths.
Learning Assistants Team
We are very fortunate to have a wonderful team of Learning Assistants to help in many areas around our school. From helping with specific students to running programmes to support learning, our team are vital to our school team.
The 2020 Team: Diane Benton, Jay Lane, Judith Jackson, Michele Oldfield, Sandra Fonoti, Shaina Moratti, Siniva Isaia, Johnny Faletagoai-Malase, Josh Jacomb, Tara Curtis
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.
The Office Team
Paula Martin and Karen Astwood make up the Office team, your first point of contact for general queries and enrolments. We are happy to help!