We are a unique and diverse community of learning. Our geographical community forms the northern part of the Devonport-Takapuna local board. Our schools are all in the decile 7-9 range. We are a culturally diverse community and this is reflected in the ethnic composition of our schools as shown below (2018):
Ethnicity Number Percentage
Māori 548 7.2%
Pasifika 337 4.4%
Asian 2625 34.6%
Other 334 4.4%
European/Pākehā 3269 43.1%
Total 7590 100%
34% of our student community identifies as ‘Asian’ and includes significant groups of people with Chinese, Korean, Indian and Filipino heritages in our community, as well as from many other countries in Asia. The proportion of “European/Pākehā” people is a broad classification embracing a wide variety of ethnicities.
Across our geographical community, around 30% of people speak more than one language which is consistent with the Auckland data. In our school communities, the percentage of bilingual students is higher.
Our wider community demonstrates their ongoing commitment to the values of our kura and their belief in education as a pathway to future happiness, including education in its broadest sense.
Sport forms a huge part of the life of our community, both during the school week and on Saturdays. Most of our young people take part in sporting activities and many of our parents do too.
Three iwi have tangata whenua status on the North Shore – Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Paoa and Kawerau a Maki. In the 2013 census, there were over 30 iwi represented on the North Shore and nearly 30% of Māori living there
claim an affiliation to Ngāpuhi. We are all developing our connections to tangata whenua and see those connections as central to building a stronger, more cohesive community of learning.
The majority of students from most of the primary schools and intermediate schools attend the two secondary schools which have a population of around 4500 between them. There are significant numbers of
students attending these secondary schools who come from outside our community due to an out of zone ballot system. There is a large number of early childhood providers serving our community and Auckland
University of Technology (AUT) has a strong presence with its North Shore campus.
We are an Auckland community: cohesive but mobile, diverse and strong.
Our schools and ECE providers have cohesive, responsive goals. We want, as espoused by Sunnybrae Normal, to be a “connected community of positively engaged learners”, a phrase that embraces us all.
We are located near the beautiful Lake Pupuke, hence our name, the Pupuke Kāhui Ako. Pupuke stems from the Māori verb, pukea, which means to well up, rise or to increase in volume. Lake Pupuke is often referred to as a heart shaped lake.
Our vision is to extend, develop and connect our work as a community to ensure that our young people are; engaged, connected to their community, to the North Shore, to New Zealand and to the world. We want them to develop the competencies and vision to extend those connections throughout their lives. Our vision is New Zealand’s vision; we want our young people to be confident, connected, actively-involved lifelong learners. (Source: http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/home )
Our Community of Learning: Pupuke – Kāhui Ako achievement challenges are:
Wellbeing – for a happy young person is confident, connected and engaged
Key competencies – that will enable our young people to further develop the skills and competencies that strengthen their relationship building and resilience in order to achieve their own form of excellence in their learning.
Community engagement because we know that we all need to be connected to each other if we are to help young people become connected with themselves, with their country, and with each other.
For a video of the Pupuke Kāhui Ako waiata being performed, click here