Learning Spaces

The Meaning Behind Our Ròpu

Ròpù Kàkano is our junior syndicate, Years 0 - 2. Kàkano translates to seed in Maori. Ròpù Kàkano is where our students begin their Puketaha Powerful learning journey, they are full of excitement, energy and potential.The Magnolia tree standing tall and strong in the grounds of Puketaha is very important to our community especially our children. Our students enjoy the protection it gives them when they sit underneath it or when they climb amongst its strong branches. Because of its significance we use the Magnolia tree to help us model the way we learn, as well as a way of naming and organising our students into their syndicates. 

Ropu Màhuri is our middle syndicate, Years 3 & 4. Mahuri translates to sapling. Ròpù Màhuri is where our students, having developed strong roots, continue on their journey developing their values and 6 C’s.  

Ropu Puàwai is our senior syndicate, Years 5 - 8. Puàwai translates to flower in Maori. The senior syndicate is where our students blossom into independent learners. Using their strong foundation to apply what they have learnt, they are developing the confidence and necessary skills to eventually leave the security and safety of our Puketaha School environment and thrive in the next stage of their educational journey and beyond.