Our Values & Vision

The new school logo is inspired by Pūtauaki Maunga, Kawerau’s iconic mountain overlooking the township. The school came about as a result of the merging of three schools together. This is shown by the three distinct parts in the logo, acting together as one to create the shape of Pūtauaki Maunga in the centre of the logo. 
Each shape contains a spiral and lines that flow out from the spiral. This symbolises learning and the spreading of knowledge between each of the schools after they came together to form the new school. The three shapes also represent the school, whānau and their children – working together for the benefit of students. 

Without one there would be no school. 

The four lines also allude to the four school values called “TAHI” which underpin everything that happens at Kawerau Pūtauaki. 
The school is a very creative place with its Kapa Haka and Arts programme. 
The shape is slightly organic and irregular looking. 
It alludes to weaving (Raranga) which is a very ancient art form in Māori culture. 

The colour alludes to that found in Pāua which is considered taonga to Māori. 

Children are precious and are to be treasured. 

With 86% of the school roll being of Māori descent it was important that the logo have a very strong cultural look and connection. 

T.A.H.I at Kawerau Pūtauaki School

What is Positive Culture For Learning? (PC4L)
PC4L is a school-wide behaviour programme that encourages positive student behaviour in the classroom and the playground through praise, positive talk, student encouragement, appropriate rewards, behaviour lessons, reinforced values and consistent behaviour messages.
What does this look like at Kawerau Pūtauaki School?
Since 2014 Kawerau Pūtauaki School has been part of the Ministry of Education initiated programme.  The school focuses on a set of core values that underpin our schools PC4L programme: T. A. H. I
T = Taking responsibility
A = Achieving excellence
H = Having respect
I = In it together
These four values drive everything we do in terms of behaviour, they are displayed prominently in every classroom and teachers regularly refer back and discuss the T.A.H.I. In the playground, when a teacher or member of staff  “catches” a student showing one or all of these values, their name and positive behaviour is written on a TAHI Card and put into a weekly draw to win a small prize of their choice.
In addition to the PC4L awards, negative student behaviour is also recorded by classroom teachers and given to school senior management to collate and analyse. This allows the school to do two things: first, to identify students who are struggling with behaviour issues and set up individual or group programmes to address the issue and provide extra help, it also allows senior management to identify school-wide behaviour trends on which to base weekly classroom PC4L lessons.
Regularly, classrooms conduct a behaviour lesson looking at a specific issue or trend, the lessons usually involve a lot of discussions, role-play, brainstorming, sharing of ideas and working as a team to find ways of combating the behaviour issue.
PC4L is being used at KPS to help create a positive school, which deters bullying and other unwanted behaviours that set up barriers to friendship, engagement, and learning. 
By removing such barriers, we enhance students’ well-being and improve their chances of achieving at school and beyond.
Kawerau Pūtauaki School staff and students are right behind the PC4L programme. 
We have already seen improvements and successes from the programme and look forward to more as it grows in our school.