Marriene Langton Principal

Marriene Langton Principal

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tataiako and Ka Hikitia review

When we review we know how to do it to best fit the occasion. Bill our caretaker went diving for the kai moana and Shirley and Angie made mussel patties, raw mussels and paua patties. They were served with Riwana bread too. Oh boy, oh boy. Our hui started with a karakia mo kai and a himine. We looked at the underlying principles of both documents and what they would look like and sound like in action in our school. We revived the school patere which is a "raise the hairs on the back of your neck experience." There were teachers, support staff and trainee teachers present. Our passion is to make a difference for everyone and to be reminded about the need to be authentic and inclusive was very important. We reviewed how we already have things in place to honour te reo and tikanga. Tataiako talks about Wananga, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tangata whenuatanga and ako. We have examined what that means for us as a school community. Ka Hikitia means to step up or to lift up. For us that means to honour te reo, tikanga and our whanau. It also means to have high expectations around achievement for our Maori students and all of our students. The quality of the professional learning that we do together has a profound impact on the ways in which we plan and teach in our school. We are proud of the quality of the staff we have here at West Spreydon School.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Marriene,
    Did you teach at Wharenui School in the late 80's early 90's?
    I think I taught in the room next to you. I love your tataiako post.
    Catriana York