Blog post links PTC 3: demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand
PTC9: respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests, and needs of individuals and groups of ākonga
PTC10: work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand
NOTICING: What was happening here?
In 2016 a St Joseph’s Pasifika Education Plan was created with consultation of Kaitiaki (Maori and Pasifika parent group). A Maori Education plan is in the pipeline after getting our Pasifika Education Plan implemented at the end of 2016, beginning of 2017.
What did we notice?
There are many links from our Change and Movement plan- Culturally responsiveness that will sit alongside the Maori Education plan.
What are the issues?
We currently don’t have a Maori Education Plan and there are many things that we are already doing to support our Maori learners which can be added to our plan. We also have a number of actions we would like to see actioned.
INVESTIGATING: What do we already know about this?
We currently have a St Joseph’s School Pasifika Education plan as a model. We also have Maori Education plans from neighbouring schools to look at to see what other schools are currently doing to raise the achievement of their Maori learners.
What do we need to find out?
We have gained Whanau voice from our Whanau hui. We will also need to get staff input, so they can share their expertise.
How might we do this?
We had a Whanau Hui, Week 2/Term 2 where we invited Maori/Pasifika parents to the Upper Hutt Cossie Club. We shared what things we were doing since our last Whanau Hui in 2014 and then broke into focus groups to get ideas and feedback from the parents/whanau.
COLLABORATIVE SENSE-MAKING: What is our data telling us?
European 41%, Asian 16%, Pasifika 18%, Maori 16% and Other 9%
Mid year data 2017:
||84% (29/38) +9%
||70% (34/48) +7%
||80% (39/49) +17%
The data is telling us that we have made great gains in Maths and gains in Reading/Writing from 2016-2017. There is work to do in raising the achievement of our Maori learners.
A few key points from the Whanau hui that parents would like us to continue doing:
- Teachers to know their students really well both academically and emotionally
- Priority learners: focusing on kids that can benefit from it
- Homework club: Children working together and getting support
- Reading Recovery
- Seesaw: Feedback straight away and really motivating for students
- Buddy classes
- Curriculum nights
A few key points from the Whanau hui that parents would like us to consider doing:
- Tuck shop to have healthier options
- Online community; Making sure it is welcoming and parents encouraged to make contact
- Thinking about how we start the year. Consistency across the school, bit more structure to the start
- More opportunities for parents an opportunity to talk to each other
- Hui every term with students
- How we can communicate/build partnerships better, Reaching out to parent who can’t
- Te reo in the classroom, more exposure and more consistent within the school
- Veggie garden, Open it up to families/communities
- How can we encourage pride in our culture
- Involve families in language weeks, Share food/kai
- Support parents with what they can do to help at home- in their language
- Noho Marae – every year, beginning term 2: building relationships with whanau/iwi/hapu
What insight does it provide?
There are already great things we are currently doing to support our Maori learners and involve our Maori Whanau based on feedback.
The feedback has created next steps and actions that can be implemented into our Maori Education Plan.
A few key tangible steps actions to add to our Maori Education Plan:
- Parents would like support in what they can do at home to support their children. The school plan and organise curriculum evenings
- Te Reo in the classroom: Teachers are developing a Te Reo Progressions
What might we need to explore further?
Teacher input, expertises, what can we do to raise the achievement of our Maori learners
PRIORITY TO TAKE ACTION: What do we need to do and why?
We will use the feedback from the Whanau Hui to draft and implement steps into our Maori Education Plan. We will look at Pasifika Education Plan as a scaffold and get ideas from Kaitiaki. We will seek further feedback from Kaitiaki, local Marae, staff once we have a draft.
How big is the change we are planning?
The Maori Education will take the remainder of Term 2/Term 3 to write the draft and seek consultation. The aim is to start implementing Term 1 2018.
What strengths do we have to draw on?
We have involved Kaitiaki to support with the writing of the Maori Education Plan. We have a policy writer in our Kaitiaki group who supported writing the Pasifika Education Plan and support from colleagues from neighboring schools.
What support might we need?
We will require consultation with Whanau, Board of Trustees and will seek support from our Ministry of Education Facilitator.
IMPROVEMENT IN ACTIONS: What is happening as a result of our improvement actions?
The Maori Education plan is drafted. We looked at the links between the Pasifika Education Plan and feedback from the whanau hut as a starting point. We used the feedback from the Whanau Hui to add actions to the plan, Kaitiaki shared their views, teachers had invited the school community to collect a copy of the Maori Education draft from the office.
Week 4: Share the draft Maori Education plan with Kaitiaki, Invitation given to all parents for feedback on the Maori Education Plan in a newsletter.
Week 5: Share draft Maori Education Plan with BOT
Week 6: Share with Judy Grose (Ministry of Education Facilitator)
Week 7: Share with Maori Education Plan with colleagues from Upper Hutt Cluster, Meet with Kaumatua of Orongomai
Week 8/9: Share with Staff, make changes, finalise the draft.
Teachers only day: Term 1, 2018. Time will be given to unpacking the Maori Education Plan and Pasifika Education Plan.
Do we need to adjust what we are doing?
Target Specific times throughout the year to bring the Maori and Pasifika Plan to the forefront at syndicate and as whole staff meetings (Twice a term as a syndicate and once a term as whole staff).
Termly updates in the newsletter informing school whanau with what we have achieved in that term and goals set for the following term.
Kaitiaki Staff representative to monitor the tracking of both Pasifika/Maori Education plan fortnightly and complete a self-review of both documents once a term.
Whanau Hui booking for Term 1, 2018, we are hoping in making this an annual event. We will feedback to what we have done since the last meeting and will have a chance to update and new goals, short/long for 2018.
St Joseph’s has employed a well-respected educator, proud of her Maori/Tikanga. She will be a wealth of knowledge and support in helping us bring our Maori Education plan to life in 2018.
St Joseph’s Maori Education Plan, St Joseph’s Te Reo Instructional, St Joseph’s Te Reo Integration available to read:
St Josephs Maori Education Plan – .docx (1)
_Te reo Maori Everyday Instructional
_Te reo Maori Everyday Integration