Our Learning

Classroom learning

Poukawa's five dynamic classrooms across the school range from new entrants up to Year 8. Learning in all classrooms reflects the unique environment in which we exist and we take advantage of all of the learning opportunities that are in our local area. 

Often, students will travel on our bus outside of our school to maximise their learning opportunities. A focus on hauora, wellbeing and resilience is common throughout all classrooms.

Poukawa School values

Poukawa students are expected to live by the Poukawa School values in everything they do. Students are rewarded when they display:






Poukawa School students are lucky enough to have huge expertise on our staff contributing to our Kapa Haka group, encapsulating Te Ao Maori, Te Reo Maori me Tikanga Maori.

As part of the elective programmes, all students will be learning waiata, haka, kapa haka and this learning are the foundations of Te Reo and Tikanga, driving student success in this area.


Poukawa students have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports. This includes regular netball, canoe polo and hockey and the school also participates in the annual Ongaonga 7s tournament, Waipawa Rippa Rugby, Waipawa Softball tournament. We are also looking at upskilling ourselves to be able to offer the exciting sport of Ki-o-Rahi

Each term we have a school focused event which parents and whanau are encouraged to attend.

In Term 1 we have our Triathlon event on our school grounds. Term 3 we have our Cross Country Event and Term 4 our Athletics day occurs.