He Puna Ako

The use of the "Pōutama"

The pōutama is to symbolise the students learning progression during their time at Carlton School. It is also a symbol representing the importance of our learners striving to achieve their goals at our school.

Our Puna names.

The classrooms within Carlton school have names (like many other schools) which are indicative of a learners journey within Carlton school.

The use of Puna

A puna is a “spring” (as in water). The relationship or connection to Carlton School is symbolic of the learning journey one takes during one's lifetime and Carlton School is a “stopover” for learners within their journey.

The beginning of the learning journey

He Puna Aranga

“Aranga” is used to describe one as “emerging” or “early” in acquiring ability or skill. It is used at the entry level of Carlton school.

He Puna Oranga

“Oranga” in this context describes one’s wellness in dimensions related to mind, body and soul. It is a state that portrays well roundedness of individuals and/or groups.

He Puna Whanake

“Whanake” is used to describe developing “growth” or “achievement” of students at this level. It is a time when skills are being developed and attained.

He Puna Whāwhā

“Whāwhā” is used to describe a “hands on” approach. It is also used in the context of one reaching a point of independence.

The middle of the learning journey

He Puna Auaha

“Auaha” is used to describe innovation or the creativeness of an individual and/or group or the shaping of ideas within a project and/or a piece of work.

He Puna Kōtuitui

“Kōtuitui” describes the interconnectedness of individuals, whānau groups or interest groups. It can also be used in “blended” contexts ie multiple pieces joined together to create a "whole."

He Puna Tārei

Tārei is to shape or fashion something into a desired form. It describes a point in time when learners are familiar with the culture of Carlton, their learning journey and their learning abilities.

He Puna Pūmanawa

“Pūmanawa” describes one’s natural or intrinsic talents and the skills and knowledges they acquire long the way. It is also used to describe one’s multiple qualities.

The end of the learning journey at Carlton School

He Puna Hangahanga

“Hangahanga” describes an ever evolving cycle or a lifelong development. It is also used to describe the repetitiveness of a process.

He Puna Kawenga

“Kawenga” describes the embedded practices, knowledge and skills from one’s learning journey which they take with them in preparation of greater things.

He Puna Tutuki

“Tutuki” describes the completion of something, accomplishment of something and the achievements made or milestones reached.