Inspired to act- owning it

Post Links to PTC2– demonstrate commitment to promoting the well-being of all ākonga

PTC4– demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional learning and development of personal professional practice 

PTC5-show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning

Last week (Week 1 of the April 2017 Holidays) I attended the Regional Pasifika Fono. The theme of the Fono Inspired to Act- Owning it. This was a continuation on last year Fono theme of Say it – Do it – Own it. The Fono was a  good chance to bring the inspiration from last year back to the top of our minds and hearts.

I attended four workshops over the course of the day: Putting Community into Communities of learning, How we encourage student engagement in the Arts, DMIC and Responsive collaborative leadership.

The highlight of the Fono was listening to the Keynote speaker: Aiono Manu Faaea Semeatu, she such an inspiration, a positive Pasifika leader, scholar leading the way was through a Pasifika lenses with polygogy.  I have been to a number of workshops, Fono and listened to her speak and she really encourages to think deeper into your values and your practice.

Key themes that I came way with:

-In my school and within my role what are the game changes I can control

-Learn, relearn, unlearn

-What works in one school might not work in another. Use surrounding schools, other schools as models but tailor approaches to suit your own school, community, and learners.

-In order to support priority learners target the family, get everyone on board in order to succeed

-Behind every number, statistic there is a story to be told

In the April school holiday 2016, I attended NZEI #PF2016. The central theme of the Fono was Say it- Do it – Own it. I had attended the last NZEI fono in Auckland 2015 and found it inspiring and motivating. It a great way to network and really connect bringing Pasifika Education to the forefront. I thought to share my notes from last year which  lnk to the previous NZEI Fono I just attended.


Keynote Speaker: Dr Jean Mitera

The key theme that I came way with from this Key note was that teachers need to put themselves at the center. If teachers are reflecting on their own practice, their actions, the well-being of themselves then there will be a natural flow on effect to the learners that we teacher.Is what you think, what you say, what you do.

Workshop 1:  The Up Hill Battle.. Well Worth the Climb: Sose Annandale


I went to see Sose at the Pasifika 2014 fono was interested to hear her speak about her journey and what different paths she had made since last presentation. I was amazed at some the statistics that were shared in regards to Pasifika/Maori Teachers, Management, and Principals based on New Zealand Integrated Teacher Head Count data collect for April 2015.

Pasifikia Teachers: 1,351

Palangi Teachers: 39,247

Pasifika Management: 53 ( 14=M, 39=F)

Palagi Management: 2,061 (561=M, 1,500=F)

Pasifika Principals: 31 (16=M, 15=F)

Palangi Principals: 1,869 (987=M, 882=F)

I was totally blown away but the lack of representation of Pasifika in Managment and Principals roles, especially Pasifika women. I felt the challenge had been set to ensure our Pasifika teachers to get themselves at the table. I aspire to lead, inspire and ensure I am the voice of many when I sit at the table. The key themes that I came away with was know your community, not on your terms, on theirs.


Workshop2: Gifted Pasifika Education: Aiono Manu FaaeaSematu

Now I must confess that I choose this workshop because of the convenor- Manu.  I attended the PEP (implementing Pasifika Education Plan) TCC course in November 2015 and Manu was one of the facilitators. I and was inspired by Manu’s pedagogical and academic knowledge, per passion for teaching and positive leadership she displayed. The key themes that I got from the workshop were that we need to nourish, nurture and motivate our Pasifika children. We as teachers need to ask the right questions, find that gem that our children are good at and create opportunities when they can work develop this skill/gift/talent. Schools value academic knowledge, what avenues can we created to open up the door to celebrating other areas such as The Arts and Physical Education.

Pasifika Fono.JPG

Key themes that I came way with:

-What is good for our Maori/Pasifika students is good for everyone

-Get personal in our classrooms otherwise, it won’t be real for our learners

-Own the issue, get personal

-Maori/Pasifika learn based on relationships, build the relationship and the rest will follow

-Bring cultural to the forefront

Where to next:

-Bring PEP (Pasifika Education Plan) to life. Where is the evidence to show we are using the PEP in our school, our classrooms, and community?

-Involving Community when developing our Maori Education plan; Asking the right questions

-Start to plan, involve community in developing our cultural mural which represents our school



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