Te Reo Māori Me Ona Tikanga
Since 2014 our students and teachers have been involved in learning te reo Māori me ona tikanga (Māori language and customs) through the successful and recently award winning, Te Reo Tuatahi programme that has been implemented in forty other schools across Auckland. A kaiāwhina reo delivers a Māori programme that is enjoyable - a mixture of learning te reo, waiata, traditional stories, concepts and traditions that reflect our country’s unique heritage. The teachers who are working alongside our tutor receive valuable professional development and build their confidence to teach the language and customs in their own classroom programme. As well as this type of professional development, twelve staff from our school have undertaken a 12-month study called ‘He Papa Tikanga,’ through Te Wananga O Aotearoa. This is important learning for the teachers, as the Ministry of Education’s focus is to develop teacher capabilities in cultural competencies through Tātaiako and the Practising Teacher Criteria.
Our annual Matariki celebrations have been a highlight of our school calendar, and helps to bring our community closer together. Our school kapa haka roopu rehearse once a week and perform at community events, and take part in the local kapa haka festival each year.