Principal’s End of Year Speech

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa
Ki te atua-tēnā koe
Ki a papatuanuku – tēnā koe
Ki te Pukeoware kura – tēnā koe
Ki te hunga mate Haere atu ra
Ki te hunga ora
Tēnā koutou katoa

Parents, teachers, students, relatives and friends. Here we are again, gathered to celebrate the year and give thanks to our akonga / learners. A warm welcome to those new parents who are joining us for their first Pukeoware Prize Giving.

It is a pleasure to be able to address you all, on this night of happiness and celebration. We are here to celebrate the many success which the children and the school has achieved this year.

2016 has been another busy year with many changes. It is an exciting time, as change is the new norm. We have formed a team which thrives on change, diversity and progress. The team are focussed on accelerating learning, using current theory and evidence to improve professional practise. The Teaching and Learning which we are seeing at Pukeoware School in 2016 and beyond, is nothing short of outstanding. The opportunities being afforded to our learners is of the highest quality and meet the diverse range of learning needs.

We started the year of with the newly formed Ako Timatanga, a new initiative for Pukeoware, looking at creating a diverse learning space that engages all learners, through highly skilled teaching. This was accomplished quickly, and is leading the way of ECE – Primary transitions in Waiuku.

In 2015, we actively sought expressions interest from a cohort of highly skilled educators across the learning community. From this we managed to employ a team of quality practitioners for 2016. With two members moving on mid-year, we were able to expand this search further, and cemented the skills of a further two amazing teachers at Pukeoware School.

I am proud and honoured to be able to reiterate that I am fortunate to be working with the best educators that I have had the privilege to work alongside. The drive, passion and determination; underpinned by skill and knowledge, has seen Teaching and Learning raised to a new level in 2016. The team are aware of areas to develop, and through reflective practise address these as individuals and as a team to shift the paradigm of teaching and learning at Pukeoware School. The development made in quality Teaching and learning has the aim for a sustainable and proactive future in mind.

Core areas of focus which have been the catalyst to our success are:
– Bi-cultural dimension
– eLearning
– Student ownership of learning
– Inquiry in learning

The most special component of Pukeoware school is “Te akonga o Pukeoware’ – the Pukeoware Learner. Our learners are what makes our school special. Our learners are excellent ambassadors in the community, whether on trips, community events or learning excursions. You can all be relied upon to represent the school with pride and dignity.

Each year I look back at what the children have achieved and how far they have all come.

To name a few, in 2016 we have had learners who have:
– Represented the school Zone days including the Auckland Champs in Orienteering, Athletics and swimming.
– Ella Conroy was awarded 3rd in the world to two forms of karate.
– Amelia Deed was internationally recognised for a playscript which she recently wrote
– Our Jump Jam Team – The VIPz, won 3rd place in the North Island Regionals and the Franklin competition
– We have implemented a Computer Coding group, Kaitiaki (Enviro Group), Kapa Haka and eLearning / BYOD
– 3D development of items and printing
– Successful leadership and participation in the Waiuku Choir festival
– Most importantly, our learners are becoming fully aware of their learning needs, have clarity on what they are learning and how they know if they are successful……..and articulate this clearly.

I have been incredibly impressed with all of our learners this year. Whilst, not all are recognised formally at this prize giving, I know that they have all progressed so very much, both educationally and socially. I am proud of each and every one of you. It is important to remember, that no matter what, we celebrate all the achievements of our precious children, and support them to be the best that they can be.

Some learners who have been outstanding and reiterate the Pukeoware way, in their behaviour, learning or determination may or may not be recognised tonight, however, I feel a special mention be noted for some:

Dominic Carrol-Astle – you have developed in to an outstanding young man. You have shown the world what one can do if you set his mind to it. I am incredibly proud of you.

Tempest Spires – you often fly under the radar, however, you epitomise what it means to be a Pukeoware Learner.

Byron Pearce – you are the biggest gentleman. You are kind, caring and very considerate.

Ava Robbie and Maddy Sinclair – your enthusiasm is infectious and drive to learn empowering. Working with the two of you has been the highlight of my year.

This year saw a reprieve in work around the property side of the school. Having said this, there was still a lot of pre-planning and organisation for the 2017 year. We are excited that next year we will be renovating Rooms 1 – 8, developing new innovative spaces with break out learning areas.

It has been a pleasure to watch the dynamics of the BoT shift this year. Lead by Justine, we are have been proactive in professionalising the BoT, setting clear direction and high expectations, all revolving around Quality Teaching and Learning.

Sadly, to leave us next year is the much loved Tamar Moxham. I will talk of Tamar a little later, however, we will truly miss you.

The year has been full of change. Thank you to my team, who have continued our learning journey. You are all incredibly dedicated and hardworking team. I appreciate your expertise and encouragement of all of the students. Shortly, we will welcome our new Head Students for 2017. I look forward to with you next year.

I would like to conclude, by wishing our Year 8 cohort of 2016 all the very best for their secondary education. You have all worked so very hard, and will continue to do so. You are a special group, who has so much to offer. Be proud, thoughtful, caring and studious.

Next year, we will see further development and improvement. Something which I am excited and passionate about. The team at Pukeoware School will again provide modern teaching and learning practise, to the highest standard.

Kia Kaha – Kia Toa.

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