Te Puna Ākona is a Māori immersion pathway for students, Years 1-6, consisting of two classrooms. The underpinning philosophy is inclusive of the school whakatauki ‘Ko Te Tamaiti Te Pūtake O Te Kaupapa,’ ‘The Child, The Heart Of The Matter.’
Te Hītori o Te Puna Ākona
Te Puna Ākona was established in 2012 in consultation with whānau and local community. The official opening and blessing of the classrooms took place on 18 April 2013. Te Puna Ākona was named by Matua Tamati Howard meaning, ‘The Source of Learning.‘ Originally, the Māori bilingual pathway consisted of one classroom which has since grown to two classrooms for Years 1-6.
Ko Matukuturua ngā Maunga
Ko te Manukatanga o Hoturoa te Moana
Ko Te Puhinui te Awa
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Te Waiōhua me Waikato ngā Iwi
Ko Ngāti Te Ata me Te Akitai ngā Hapū
Ko te Kura o Papatoetoe ki te Tonga te Marae
Ko Te Puna Ākona te Wāhanga Ako
Ngā Uaratanga – Values
Students will have a strong sense of school values – Whanaungatanga, Ako, Kaitiakitanga, Aroha.
Nga Mātāpono – Guiding Principles
Students will demonstrate the Guiding Principles of Te Puna Ākona: Kaitiakitanga, Māna Motuhake, Whakapiringatanga, Taha Māori.
Pūmau ana ki te reo
Pūmau ana ki ngā tikanga
Pūmau ana ki te kōrero māori
Te Puna Ākona is Level 3 Māori Immersion delivering 30% of the curriculum in Te Reo Māori and 70% in English from Years 1-6.
Te Puna Ākona Enrolment Policy / Entry Criteria
In addition to our school enrolment criteria, whānau of any nationality who wish to enrol their tamaiti/tamariki in Te Puna Ākona will:
- ideally have attended kohanga reo or preschool
- attend an enrolment interview with the Te Kaihautū o te Ako
- maintain 85% attendance or higher
- parents or guardians must engage with their child’s learning and attend whānau hui once a term
- all ākonga are expected to participate in kapa haka.