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There is a big welcome waiting you and your child as you come through the gates of Te Puru School.
Our Principal, Karla Hull, loves our school and is always available to our parents and students.
Tania Lyon, our Office Manager, is ready with a smile and will help you with any questions you might have.
The early years are a time when your child needs to feel safe and secure in their learning.
Jayne Bolsover and Scott Sell bring years of experience and provide your child with the perfect start to their school career. They will be learning to read, learning to write, learning maths, learning to learn, in a
fun and supportive environment.
Some of our favourite moments as a staff are when our five year olds burst into the staffroom to tell us some exciting news. Among other things, we’ve heard about butterflies emerging from cocoons, admired new t-shirts or shoes, or celebrated a tooth falling out.
They really are gorgeous!
Our Virtues Programme means that we provide
kindness and care to our youngest students.
We always have a focus virtue and these are proactively
taught and modelled.
Our senior students actively buddy up with our youngest students to reinforce that sense of care and community.
Our students are also supported by outstanding teacher aides, who really care about the children and will often go above and beyond the call of duty to help.
Our Reading Recovery teacher, Maria Yates, is extremely experienced and this programme is invaluable to any students needing extra support in reading and writing.
Our Fabulous Junior School
In our middle school, we continue to focus on our Key Competencies which underpin our NZ curriculum - relating to others; self-management; participating & contributing; thinking and text & symbols.
Through our Zoneswork in Rooms Kowhai and Matai our students start to learn how to think, to manage themselves, to participate and contribute and how to relate to others.
Our Marvellous Middle School
The Zoneswork is unique to our school and has been developed over years of inquiry. The Zones provide children with the space they need to develop their own personal learning and creativity.
The skills that are taught in the morning; structured reading, writing and maths enable personal exploration to take place.
It is during these years that ‘learning to read’ becomes ‘reading to learn’.
Our senior school is an area defined by innovation and independence.
We really begin to see the fruits of the key competencies during these years.
Guided by Pippa Harry and Izaac Garmey, our students develop the ability to plan and organise their own timetables and manage themselves with increasing confidence and maturity.
Our Stunning Seniors
Caroline Auld, our resident Artist in Room Pohutukawa, provides direction for us all in Art. She gives all of us the support we need to make a rich and creative environment.
Sarah Oxford, Lauren Donnelly, Jade Beaver and Caroline Auld nurture unique classroom environments for their students that are full of aroha and the joy of learning.
Every two years, they perform
an incredible production, revealing talent and creativity.
Camps and sport also contribute significantly to the development of these young leaders.
This happens within a rich and varied programme of learning.
They are our role models for our younger students and also their leaders.
Our senior students are elected by their fellow students to become whanau leaders and they can choose to join the student leadership group.
Our Successful Graduates
Our school truly values the virtues and these leave a lasting impression on our students. Many of our students go on to leadership positions in high school, and we regularly receive feedback from high school staff of the high calibre and admirable character of our graduates.
Our whakatauki is to help our young fish grow
strong in our calm waters and every year we are so proud of the outstanding young people who leave us, well-rounded and ready for the wider waters of high school.
We are so glad to have been part of their journey and celebrate with them as they go.
In our opinion, our Te Puru School graduates are the finest around!
By the time they leave our care, they are ready to spread their wings and enter the new, exciting world of high school. They are competent self-managers, creative and critical thinkers and good communicators.