Thursday, 27 May 2010

Whanau Hui A Huge Success

Here are some photos from our whanau hui. Kia ora to everyone who supported us and contributed. We will publish the ideas generated as soon as we can.


Rob Clarke said...

Here is an email sent out with the feedback from this hui:

Kia ora koutou katoa,

This email is to everyone who said they were able to attend our recent whanau hui, held at the Camp Whare on 27 May. We have now had a chance to collate all the feedback and would like to present it to you before we share with with our entire community. Here is a link for the information shared during the evening:
(this is also attached as a PDF in case you want to print it)

We also have some great photos that were taken during the evening:

If you have more ideas or feedback please let us know and we will include it. We greatly appreciate such amazing support for our kura and are using the information you gave us to improve. Here is a list of some of the things we have done or are planning:

* Professional development for staff in the use of te reo and tikanga.
* We are investigating how we can strengthen taha maori through the support of outside agences and experts.
* We are searching for talented people to support our tamariki/staff to learn, for example a tutor for poi.
* We will be strengthening taha maori in our new strategic plan, which is up for renewal.
* Tamara Bell, one of our team who is studying Hoaka Pounamu this year, is developing suggestions for strengthening our strategic plan and taha maori in our kura and community. This is exciting work which will enrich us greatly.
* Staff are using technology more to teach te reo (eg. check out the Te Reo page at or the Matariki story at Senior students have all recorded their mihi and many have these on their eportfolio - this is something that will further develop over time.
* Our curriculum development will have a strong link to taha maori and we will be developing a graduate profile for students at our kura with the skills/understandings/values/attitudes we want them to develop as a result of being a part of our community.
* We are strengthening our ties to Taumutu and already gaining support from them, for example we have found the story behind the mural in our whare - thanks Denise!
* Over time, protocols such as powhiri and poroporoaki, will become the norm.

I would like to create a mailing list which we will use from time to time inbetween hui and other special events. If you know someone else who would like to join this list please suggest them or get them to say kia ora to us! If you to not wish to receive these updates, please also let me know.

This is just a start and we hope that over time we will engage more talent in supporting and strengthening our kura, as well as lift the level of success our maori tamariki experience as a result of being part of this amazing place!

I thank you for your support on this most exciting journey!

Ka kite ano,

Rob Clarke
Tumuaki - Principal

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