Once each term a group of parents and school staff meet whose main aim is to support and lift achievement of Māori students.
We try to do this by supporting whanau, students and the school. For example, we hold information evenings about NCEA to help parents, and students, understand NCEA. We seek views of whanau and students about school, their needs and future goals and work through ideas to address these. We support the kapa haka and te reo teachers, support school Matariki activities and the student end of year prize giving events. And we are currently working on an online te reo resource for WHS students and whanau.
We would like to invite all whanau to come along, meet other parents and members of the school staff. Everyone is welcome. The meetings are interesting and organised, but there is no obligation to take part, or to put your hand up for activities. We try to identify and carry out activities that will be valuable to whanau, students and the school to raise student achievement.
In any one year, around 17% of the Wellington High School roll is Māori. In addition both Māori and non-Māori students take part in activities such as kapa haka and learning te reo. We are very keen to do our best to support these students and these activities.
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Te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu
Whanau Hui : Term 4 2017
24 October 2017
2018 will see introduction of compulsory Te Ao/Reo Maori in year 9. Teachers Anna and Whakamarurangi will teach classes at the same time and hopefully in/using Taraika. Students will have 2 hours per week for whole year. The course will include tikanga, te reo, possibly also include performing arts/kapa haka. This news has been promoted to existing school population/roll but not yet external audience (at date of this hui).
Dominic is keen to identify individuals who can support school te reo teaching with stories. Names of individuals should be referred to Dominic or Whakamarurangi.
Discussion of idea to support year 9 parents/whanau with te reo in parallel. Discussion of possible noho. Timing best after term 1 2018 to allow Anna and Whakamarurangi to get their feet under the table with the new course.
Discussed possible bilingual signage around school. Budget constraints. Lots of support around table. Dominic/property will progress this.
Group wants to confirm whether there is a minute/motion to ensure Whanau a Taraika representation on Board of Trustees. Annette to check Board minutes.
Taraika development needs to be progressed. Those interested in development of Taraika design/art should attend next Whanau hui (early 2018) to progress this.
Whakanuia Thursday 2 November 2017, 6pm.
Whanau Hui 2018:
Term 1 : Monday 19 February
Term 2 : Monday 21 May
Term 3 : Monday 6 August
Term 4 : Tuesday 23 October
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Crane Amaru – Crane.Amaru@weltec.ac.nz