whitney street school blenheim 2016


Our beliefs

We believe that through Te Reo and Tikanga Māori, young people will develop an understanding of the key principles of the Treaty of Waitangi; participation, partnership and protection and will use these skills to become active members within their communities. 

Te Reo Māori at Whitney Street School consists of;

five underlying and interdependent concepts:

  • Ahurea / Cultural: To empower students by providing opportunities to understand our unique cultural heritage
  • Pāpori / Social: To build the desired skills necessary for effective communication and relationship building across all cultures
  • Ngā Whaiaro / Language: To participate and contribute effectively as citizens of a bicultural society
  • Whaiwhakaaro / Cognitive: To grow as learners, set goals, understand their own capabilities, and challenge themselves as learners
  • Te Reo me ōna Tikanga / Language: To improve skills, attitudes and understanding of Te Reo and Tikanga Maori and their use

Children Discovering The Way

Students will develop knowledge/ understanding/ skills/ attitudes to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori in a variety of situations
  • Develop an understanding of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori
  • Learn about the impact of culture on people's beliefs, values and ways of thinking
  • Show respect for other cultures by understanding and respecting the bicultural uniqueness of New Zealand

Teachers Leading The Way

Teachers will:

  • Model positive attitudes, understanding and implementation of Te Reo & Tikanga Māori throughout their classroom programmes
  • Create safe and supportive learning environments
  • Create enjoyable learning experiences in Te Reo & Tikanga Māori
  • Provide learning experiences that will support students in achieving Level 1 of the New Zealand Curriculum whilst at Whitney Street School and / or working towards Level 2
  • Provide opportunities for whānau and community participation and engagement in the learning of Te Reo & Tikanga Māori
  • Actively contribute towards Māori events and celebrations in our school community