Our Ngā Puna promote students’ sense of identity, belonging and wellbeing.
Groups of approximately 15 students meet daily in their Ngā Puna with a member of staff who is their kaiārahi (leader).
The purpose of the Ngā Puna approach at Te Puke High School is:
- To foster a strong sense of identity, belonging and purpose amongst students and staff.
- To develop meaningful relationships for our students with a ‘significant adult’.
- To nurture leadership amongst students and staff.
- To improve learning and achievement.
- To facilitate the development of our school as a truly great community of learners.
“A strength of the school’s curriculum is the pastoral care system. The small group time promotes students’ sense of belonging and wellbeing. These cross year-level groups led by a staff member, foster reciprocal long-term relationships among students, parents and whanau. A collaborative approach by school personnel and external expertise supports the care and wellbeing of students.” ERO Report, 2015