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A small school with a big culture

Apr 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, Uncategorized

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ST PIUS X in Titahi Bay is a trial school for the new Māori language resource, He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora.

He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora is an online Māori resource that teaches Year 1 -6 students the basics of Māori.

It is helping the teachers and Principal Jane Reddish learn, use and teach Māori during classes.

The programme suits St Pius X because 25% of its students are Māori.

Mrs Reddish says it also helps the teachers learn as only one of the five is fluent in Te reo.

St Pius X is also very Polynesian with 25% of Pacific Island heritage.

The Principal says the school is embracing and learning about the cultures and identities of students and teachers.

They have events such as stay-overs spent at maraes, fono nights for the Polynesian kids and multicultural celebrations promoting the different cultures.

Mrs Reddish says she believes that experiencing the life and protocol of other cultures is important as it helps the teachers and students alike appreciate the differences in everyone’s cultures.

It is compulsory for all students to do Kapa Haka and Polynesian activities showing their strong ideal of embracing the different cultures.

They will not be entering any competitions or performing at festivals instead performing for the school community.

“It’s just for the school community and the children to know and appreciate,” says Mrs Reddish.

“I think it’s a gift, they’ll always know all these actions, all these songs. It will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” she says.



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