Noho Marae Term 1, 2017

Blog post links to PTC3– demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand 

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

PTC9- respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests, and needs of individuals and groups of ākonga

This post is to celebrate the success of the Noho Marae the year 5/6 senior syndicate went on at the end of term 1. The theme of the term was Me, Myself and I. The learners share their interests, history, strengths with their peers throughout the term.

This was a first time experience for some our learners to be welcomed onto a marae, visit a marae, sleep the night away from their parents, sleep at a marae and be involved in a range of activities from sharing their Pepeha, Rakau and learning about the carvings on the Wharenui.

We were welcomed onto Orongomai Marae with a Powhiri then carried out our activities. We had a delicious dinner, then each class showed a song they had been practicing. The year 5 went home at 7.30pm and the year 6 children stayed the night. The next day we packed up and walked back to school.

The experience was a chance for our Maori learners to excel and a chance for our tamariki to experience the rich culture we are so lucky to have in our community/country. There were many learning experiences that the tamariki learned during our Noho Marae




Where to next:

-To build a relationship with Orongomai Marae, to invite them to our school events

-To encourage the other areas of the school to visit Orongomai for the day, to work alongside teachers in supporting them with the process

-To developing our own school powhiri


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