Learning Themes (Pou)

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.

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Wai Water

Taku awa koiora, me oona pikonga he kura tangihia o te mataamuri.

Nā te apakura a Taawhiao.

Kai Sustenance

Ka puare ki te puna tangata me te puna kai.

Te tongi moo te poukai nā Kiingi Taawhiao.

Whenua Land

I riro whenua atu, i hoki whenua mai.

Nā Kiingi Te Rata.

Hau Air

Ko te Raa o Tainui, he taakiri hau!

Noo te haerenga mai o te waka o Tainui.[1]

[1] Nā Rāhui Papa ngā kōrero i homai.