What is Te Reo Māori at Te Kāreti o Wiremu Koroneho?
Te Reo and Tikanga Māori are intertwined in a learning journey that provides students with an insight into Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and various Māori world views. There are a range of courses which are appropriate to students learning levels and responsive to their needs. The insights and experiences that students gain as they learn the language will enrich and broaden their understandings of the uniqueness of Te Ao Māori. As students compare Tikanga Māori with other cultures in Aotearoa and the wider world, they will develop an understanding of the central roles that language, culture, values, places and heritage play in shaping identity, and in giving direction and meaning to life. They come to understand that culture shapes the way people think and behave, and begin to appreciate the value of cultural diversity.
These understandings can lead students to think about their own cultural identity and their personal place in the world. It is important for all students to feel a sense of identity and belonging. For our students, the enhanced sense of connection to a rich cultural heritage can be deeply empowering and meaningful. Durie (2003) argues that education should enable Māori to live and learn as Māori, this also means preparing Māori to interact with Te Ao Māori and more.
Te Reo offers pathways through which students can move in order to achieve to the level/outcome they require for career and tertiary entry. Students are encouraged to appreciate and enjoy contexts in all their forms – visual/written/oral texts as all texts are equally valued. The school values Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga and Hirangatanga are promoted and modelled in the selection of texts offered, and the range of rich language activities students engage in such as writing, reading, speaking and listening.
Ko tōu reo, Your voice,
Ko tōku reo, My voice,
Te tuakiri tangata. Is an expression of identity.
Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako. May our descendants live on and our hopes be fulfilled.
Links to the WCC Strategic Plan
To achieve responsive outcomes for all students, the department:
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