Student life

At Te Kōpuku High, the learning environment will not be confined to traditional ‘classroom spaces’. Our location and school design ideas will maximise opportunities for learning to occur in the wider environment including Marae, workplaces, parks and reserves, the Waikato River, Wintec and University spaces, local gyms, pools, research and development facilities, commercial corridors etc. This is particularly relevant as the curriculum is built around four major learning themes or pou: wai (water), whenua (land), kai (sustenance) and hau (air).

These will be explored via a STEAM approach, where Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths, are used as tools for engaging learners in inquiry, discussion and critical thinking. This kind of learning grows young people who are able to take thoughtful risks, accept responsibility for their decisions, engage in authentic problem solving, and work through a creative design process. These are the innovators, educators and leaders of this generation and generations to come.

Language is the vehicle through which we contribute and participate in the world. At Te Kōpuku High, we understand the importance of learning codes as the basis for all language learning. You will learn te reo Māori, in te reo Māori, in English, in New Zealand Sign Language and write computer code if that’s your thing. There’ll be lots of opportunities for self expression in whichever language you prefer.