Ngākau Māhaki is a Yr 1-6 reo rua whānau unit.
Our achievers in Ngākau Māhaki as with other syndicates and year levels, are learning in all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum. Ngākau Māhaki is unique in that we are learning utilising a Te Ao Māori lens including Te Reo Māori me tōna tikanga.
Our aim in 2023 is to be delivering 30-50% Te Reo Māori through integration of learning throughout each day. These times are inclusive of whanaungatanga, kapa haka and tohutohu. These learning opportunities are integrated with the New Zealand Curriculum and aspects of Te Matauranga o Aotearoa.
The concept of Ako or reciprocal learning is adopted utilising a tuakana/teina philosophy. Our Ngākau Māhaki whānau have an opportunity to work and learn alongside peers, kaiako me kaiawhina. In a learning environment that values ako, the roles of teina/tuakana can be reversed at any time whereby we are not only learning from our peers but also being the leaders and the teachers.
“Mā te tuakana ka totika te teina, mā te teina ka tōtika te tuakana”
“From the older sibling the younger learns the right way to do things, from the teina the older sibling learns also (tolerance, patience and empathy)”
We welcome tamariki from years 1 – 6 to Ngākau Māhaki where we have two kaiako and three kaiawhina in our space who work collaboratively and collectively while also being dedicated lead kaiako for hapū, based on year levels within our learning environment.
We believe that such an environment fosters a whānau orientated atmosphere whilst providing specific, needs based learning opportunities and successful outcomes for all of our tamariki.