Here at Te Akau ki Papamoa School the concept ‘Know me before you teach me’ drives the teaching and learning outcomes for all learners; particularly our Maori students. Our focus on cultural competency means we foster strong relationships and engagement with Maori learners, their whanau and iwi.
In consultation with our Maori community, the school reviews how to best meet the needs for teaching and learning in Tikanga Maori (Maori culture) and Te Reo Maori (the Maori language). If a parent requests a higher level of Te Reo Maori, our staff will explore opportunities to meet this need.
Additionally, our school has established a Radio Station that delivers Te Reo instruction to students daily in their classrooms. The result of a deliberate and strategic focus on promoting success for Māori is that Maori students are achieving academic results have exceeding 2017 Ministry of Education targets in reading, writing and mathematics.
‘Particular strengths of the school’s approach to promoting success for Māori as Māori are:
- the presence of strong, well-informed and knowledgeable Māori role models on the board, in senior positions, and in the teaching team
- the way Māori students and families are welcomed into the school
- the high expectations for Māori attendance and participation in classrooms, sporting and cultural activities
- the ongoing focus on the significance of being Māori in the Bay of Plenty region
- the recognition and value trustees, leaders and teachers place on Māori cultural identity.