Nau mai ki Te reo Māori - Welcome to the Māori language
In Years 7 to 9, there is a compulsory module called Te Whakatōtanga 1 which assists with the beginnings of learning Te reo Māori and various Tikanga.
Students in Years 7 to 9 can also continue on with their learning of Te Reo Māori through Te Whakatōtanga 2 which places more emphasis on speaking Te Reo Māori. The focus of our junior programmes is speaking the language. Reciting ngā karakia (prayers), mihimihi, singing ngā waiata (songs) and performing the school haka are important components too. Students also discover Tikanga Māori - Māori culture, tradition and customs.
Te Tupuranga 1 is the stage 2 module of Te Reo Māori and the focus is to learn to speak to Level 2-3 and explore Māoritanga.
The Year 10 option is a year long course of five hours per fortnight and continues to build skills towards studying at NCEA level.
Participating in wānanga (learning experiences) are a feature of all junior prorammes. These include marae visits (day and overnight stays) to a week long camp in a national park. The location for the 2020 Year 10 wānanga was Glenorchy. Science and education outside the classroom (EOTC) are curriculum learning areas that are woven through our junior programmes. Year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on science wānanga run by the University of Otago and New Zealand Marine Studies centre. By the end of all junior programmes, the aim is for students to feel comfortable in a Māori environment, to be speaking confidently at their respective level and for students to have a deeper understanding of Tikanga Māori.
Learning Te Reo Māori at our college is offered as an NCEA Subject from Level 1-3. From Year 10 onwards our te reo classes are full-year options available through to Year 13. We encourage our language students to continue their learning outside of the classroom through participation in speech competitions and hui rakatahi. Years 11-13 students will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on science wānanga run by the University of Otago and New Zealand Marine Studies centre.