Pokeno School

the pokeno way

Ma Te huruhuru, Ka rere te manu 

Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly

MANAAKITANGA - “We are respectful  of ourselves, others and our community”

KOTAHITANGA  -“We work together and celebrate our successes”

AKO - “We are all learners, we are all teachers”

WHAKAWHANAKE -“We continually develop and grow with our community”



Pokeno School is a PB4L School (Positive Behaviour for Learning) and as such as we base our Behaviour Management Practices on our School Values. Our Values have been selected after consultation with staff, students and the local community.  





Teachers and staff are teaching the behaviour we want to see students displaying (we do not assume children know how to behave).  Teachers and staff strive to focus on recognising the positive behaviours to reinforce Pokeno School values. 

 "Remember, what you focus on expands; results follow focus." 

Marcus Buckingham

For more information on PB4L please see the Ministry of Education Webpage - http://pb4l.tki.org.nz/

This year we are thrilled to have Yashili New Zealand as sponsors of 'The Pokeno Way'. For more information about Yashili please visit www.yashili.co.nz

school wide matrix - behaviours

Pokeno School has behaviours we expect to see in different areas of our school.  Teachers spend time teaching the behaviours that are in the School Wide Matrix.  Below is the School Wide Matrix.  Teachers have also created classroom Matrices.  Check out our Blog below to see some examples of these!


Each student in the school has their own Gotcha booklet.  When they are rewarded for displaying the School Values, they get a stamp in their booklet.  They save up their stamps and then can redeem them for any prize they want.  We have a Pokeno Way "Shop" that is open at lunchtime every Wednesday.  Students can come and spend their Gotchas at the shop on this day.

The prizes are based on feedback the Student Council got from every class about what they wanted.  We started this system at the end of 2019 and had very favorable results.  Below are the reward choices.


When students are out of the classroom (at an assembly, at a sports event or during break times), they may also be rewarded for following "The Pokeno Way."  Students will be given house tokens they can then put in their house box.  These tokens will be collected and Houses can win rewards when they reach a certain level of tokens.

If your child comes home with tokens, please get them to bring them back to school and pop them in their house box! 


celebrating our students learning about behaviour

term 1, week 7 - the pokeno way shop

Today we opened the Pokeno way shop at lunch time. This was our very first time opening the shop. The students and teachers that helped out were very pleased with the result of our opening. Gotchas are earned by the kids showing the Pokeno Way. Kids that had 10 gotchas or more could have come and had a chance of redeeming their gotchas for prizes, Free time, teachers chair and more!

So come after lunch eating on Tuesdays and you could get a cool prize! You can save or spend your gotchas or if you want to spend them the shop is located at the kitchen under the roof!

Written by Mollie and Poppy, Student Councilors

Term 1, week 6 - OUR CLASS mATRICES

Each class has been creating their own Matrix this term.  Students and teachers have talked about different places in their classes and how everyone should act and treat each other and equipment in their space.  Then each teacher has written a Matrix for different areas of the classrooms.  Below are some examples of the Matrices:

Term 1, week 4 - learning about emotions in room 9

As part of their "Learning to learn" unit and developing their Class Matrix, Room 9 has been learning about their emotions and ways to acknowledge and deal with them.  Here is a poem one of the Room 9 students wrote about feelings.

Emotions - by Zenat

Everyone has feelings,

Many different ones

One is sad,

Then others' happy.

In everyone's minds are different things.

Obscure shapes,

Nightmarish dreams and

Slippery rollercoasters of imagination.

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