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Nau Mai Haere Mai - Welcome

Pukeatua School
est 2002

“Tomorrow's rewards begin with Today’s efforts”

Situated in the northern part of the Wainuiomata valley Pukeatua School was formed in 2002 through a merger of Glendale and Pencarrow Schools.

A full primary school catering for 5 to 13 year olds (year 1 to year 8 students) Pukeatua offers both general classroom programmes and a total immersion Maori learning option.

Mission statement

Pukeatua School delivers the New Zealand national curriculum in a child centred, up to date way and works with families and the wider community to provide children with the learning skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for schooling success.

"Ko matou tenei ko te kura o Pukeatua.
Ko matou nga rangatahi e.
Ka tu te wanawana.
Hei orangatanga mo te ao.

We of Pukeatua School
Are the young generation.
We stand eager with anticipation
That we will come through with success.”


Significant enhancement of facilities have taken place as a result of the creation of our new school. These include: -

- Spacious grounds and play areas
- Adventure playgrounds
- Well-appointed classrooms
- Covered, heated swimming pool
- Well-utilised school hall
- Full computer network throughout the school
- A wonderful library/information centre

Programmes and Resources

Pukeatua School is committed to providing children with a broad range of learning opportunities. We strive to provide a safe, caring learning environment, which enables children to achieve.

Resources and programmes include: -

- A committed and hard working board of trustees

- A well-qualified, talented and enthusiastic staff

- Classroom programmes which focus on individual needs

- Regular monitoring and assessment of learners’ progress

- Remedial and enrichment programmes to help meet special needs and abilities

- Support staff /kaiarahi i te reo assistance within classroom programmes

- Small group tuition for children who need it

- The use of outside agency support as required

- Specialist technology programme for intermediate students

- Liaison with early childhood centres to promote for successful transition / induction of 5 year olds into school

- A range of sporting, cultural and Arts activities

- A school wide approach to behaviour management with expectations that are understood by students, staff and families

- Education outside the classroom with camps, visits/trips away from school and visiting experts at school

- Student leadership and responsibility programme through school duties

- Encouraging parental involvement through ongoing liaison and discussion

- Regular review and development of school programmes, policies and procedures

Continuing the Tradition

Pukeatua School is committed to carrying on the traditions of excellence of the schools that have come together to form it: -

“ The Pencarrow school vision is put into practice through a shared commitment to a learning culture emphasising the development of the whole child…..Teachers are dedicated and conscientious professionals who demonstrate sound teaching practices. Students are active learners who display high levels of on task behaviour and enjoyment of learning…..Pencarrow School has continued its commitment to provide high quality educational experiences for Maori students. The immersion syndicate ‘Te Whanau’ has grown to comprise four immersion classrooms. Opportunities for Maori students to achieve within a culturally appropriate learning environment is a strength of the school.”
- Education Review Office 2000
“Glendale School is a high performing school strongly committed to self review and continuous improvement. Children benefit from high quality educational programmes and a positive and affirming school culture…..good standards of teaching are evident throughout the school. Students are actively engaged in learning and classrooms have a settled and productive tone. The school has clear expectations for student behaviour. Students interact with each other and staff in positive ways. They value the positive and affirming school climate. The board, principal and staff work actively to ensure students are provided with a supportive learning environment and well resourced teaching and learning programmes.”
- Education Review Office 2001

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