Thorndon School Policy on the Maori Achievement and Te Reo Me Ona Tikanga Maori (Maori language and culture).

Rationale

Our policy has been developed on the premise that the Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of New Zealand/Aotearoa, and as such provides for a partnership between Maori as Tangata Whenua and the Crown as the provider of educational services.

Our vision is that Thorndon school will contribute in a meaningful way to improving the achievement of Maori students and create opportunities for the whole school to experience, understand and celebrate te reo me ona tikanga Maori/the Maori Language and Culture as an inherent and special part of our community.

Purpose

  • To develop clear and realistic policies, plans and targets for improving the achievement of Maori students (as per NAG 1(v) and NAG 2(iii))
  • To provide learning opportunities for Maori students that promote and foster te reo me ona tikanga Maori.
  • To provide all students with a learning experience and wider school environment that promotes and fosters te reo me ona tikanga Maori.
  • To provide opportunities and encourage participation by all staff and the Board, in initiatives that improves their understanding and appreciation of Te reo me ona tikanga Maori.

Guidelines

Maori achievement

That the school place a particular emphasis on gathering and analysing information on the achievement of Maori students across the curriculum and take proactive steps to improve outcomes for these students where necessary.

Maori language

That te reo Maori is an important part of the school curriculum

Maori perspective and consultation

That a Maori perspective be sought and incorporated (where practicable) into all aspects of school governance, management, operations and curriculum delivery.