Last year a lot of thought went into the changing of the team names we have at HNPS. This was both a result of ERO's recommendation for the school to embrace Maori culture to a greater degree and the recognition we needed a strong framework for our learners to connect with. Historically at HNPS we had the Year 1 team, the Year 2 team, the Middle team and the Senior team. The new concept is around growth and we will deliver this theme through the growth phases of a tree, or more specifically a Kowhai tree.
The Year 1 team will be known as Te Kākano signifying the seed which we recognise has the potential to grow.
The Year 2 team will be known as Pakiaka which is the root system which continues to grow and flourish once a solid foundation has been laid.
The middle team will be known as Te Rito which is the shoots. These represent new growth and the search to branch out and find new light.The senior team will be known as Māhuri - this is the young sapling which will continue to grow and go forward into the world with confidence.