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 The Expressive Learning Centre is a learning environment for creative individuals who love to perform and express their individual talents. Expressive learners are outgoing, innovative, interesting and dramatic. We embrace diversity and difference and create a safe, bright and artistic environment. The learning is delivered in an interesting and lively way with an emphasis on performance, presentations and challenging students to think outside the box. The teachers have strengths in the performing and visual arts and cater the learning to incorporate dance, drama, music and art at every opportunity. The highlight of each term is a performance, exhibition or showcase of our talents.

 Expectations –

  • Students will be expected to participate in performance in front of an audience.
  • Students will have an interest in at least one of the ‘Arts’ areas of performance or visual arts.
  • Students will be encouraged to publish their performances and learning on an ‘Expressive’ YouTube channel.


 Excel Learning Centre is suited to self-motivated learners that enjoy having some choice and power over their own learning. Goal setting, planning daily schedules and following personal interests are a big part of life for the Excel learner. The Excel learner strives for excellence in all areas and we balance our programme to cover all curriculum areas. Excel students will commonly be interested in what is happening in the world, ethical and environmental issues, innovative and purposeful uses of technology for learning and enjoy collaborating together as part of their learning.

 Expectations - 

  • Students will aim for excellence in all curriculum areas.
  • Students will be interested in global issues and future problem solving.
  • Students will enjoy using technology for learning, creative thinking, discussions and debates.
  • Students will enjoy choice in their learning and show evidence of being a self-managing learner.


 Energise students are committed to building and developing new skills in a variety of sports and are prepared to better themselves as athletes within a daily fitness program.  They have an interest in improving their health and nutrition and have been actively involved in sports within their school, previously being a part of a team or club.  Expectations are high and balancing their sport and physical education alongside their academic achievement is at the forefront of the centre.

 Expectations –

  • Students will compete in at least 2 sports throughout the year (club or school)
  • Students will display a positive attitude towards all physical activities
  • Students will apply themselves within a daily fitness program
  • PE Gear is compulsory every day.


 Explore Learning Centre provides a rich and engaging learning environment where students are encouraged to become self-managing, life-long learners. Through the context of hands-on learning and problem solving, students are provided with a variety of unique and interesting experiences that help to develop their love of learning. Explore students are provided with opportunities across all of the curriculum subjects to learn through their chosen context and tend to find particular enjoyment from Science, Social Science, Technology and Physical Education.

 Expectations –

  • Students will actively participate in ‘hands on learning’ opportunities.
  • Students will demonstrate a willingness to cooperate with others.
  • Students will design or produce a piece of work in a unique way.


 Students who are interested in learning through ‘Te Ao Maori’ which encompasses Te Arawa Tikanga and Kawa, local history, stories of the past and Te Reo Maori. They enjoy kapahaka, waiata, mau rakau, patu, weaving and Maori performing

 Ka piki te wawata o nga Rangatahi, Kei raro I te maru o te Korowai Matauranga.

As our young people strive to reach their dreams they are embraced under the cloak of learning.

 Te Puke Intermediate offers the opportunity for students to learn through the medium of Te Ao Maori, in a bilingual Learning centre known as ‘Te Korowai Matauranga’.

Korowai Matauranga means the cloak of learning nurturing our children’s growth and aspirations through a Maori lense.

 We teach the New Zealand Curriculum through the medium of  ‘Te Ao Maori’ which encompasses Te Arawa Tikanga and Kawa, local history, stories of the past and Te Reo Maori.

 Korowai Matauranga operates at 50-80% delivery in Te Reo Maori. This class will create a sound knowledge base for students to further their learning in Te Reo Maori in a secondary school setting.

 Students will have the opportunity to learn:



Local Tikanga and Kawa around Pohiri and Whakatau

Practice and perform in local and regional Kapahaka festivals.

Weaponary skills – Mau Rakau and Patu

Maori performing arts and visual arts – Weaving, Kowhaiwhai and making of Tukutuku panels.

Noho Marae experiences – local and Rotorua.

This Centre is open to any students who are interested in Maori heritage and culture, who have the enthusiasm and willingness to learn and are supported by their Whanau.

 Expectations –

  • Students must show commitment to the school Kapahaka group.
  • Students need to be willing to learn and further extend their Te Reo Maori.
  • Students will have a passion for Tikanga Maori and learning through culture and identity.

 Nau Mai Haere Mai e nga Iwi Katoa.

Tihei Mauri Ora





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