Kia ora koutou, nau mai, haere mai, nau mai - welcome, welcome, welcome.
Welcome to our school for 2015. This is a year of new beginnings for me as I take over from Heather, who has done such a wonderful job.
This school is a real taonga (treasure or gift) that offers so many learning experiences for all of us, and I am delighted to come and be part of the learning community at Poukawa School.
I have come from Tikokino School, a smaller rural school, where I have been the Principal for six years. Prior to that I taught at Flaxmere Primary School for about 9 years at various levels throughout the school. I have a huge passion to see people reach their potential and know that growing and learning is not a solo effort. Learning is successfully accomplished through relationships and we all have a role to play.
At this school, we wish to give our students the wings of education so that they can fly. Ma the huruhuru te manu karere - Adorn the bird with feathers so it may fly.
This means that we set out to provide the best education we can for our pupils, and we work closely with our parents to make sure that they are thrilled with the progress their child is making. As they begin to "fly" children's growth is celebrated and they are supported to extend their knowledge and skills.
We provide an exceptional learning environment with up to date facilities, technology and equipment. Our teachers are experienced and effective practitioners who are constantly improving their performance as educators. Two of our staff have attained the newly established Advanced Teacher status.
If you want to know about our school, then this is a great place to start. You are welcome to spend some time in our space and get to know us a bit. And if you want to, email us and say hello on firstname.lastname@example.org
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