Improvement In Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Culture language and identity - Manurewa Central School

We are a multicultural school existing in a bicultural nation. Tangata whenua will always have a special place regardless of how many cultures we have.

In response to student voice, this school sought external expertise to provide opportunities for the children to learn more about their identity, language and culture. For those involved, the opportunity to develop new knowledge and understandings is just the beginning of the journey.

This video illustrates

Domain 3: Educationally powerful connections and relationships

Evaluation indicator

  • Community collaborations enrich opportunities for students to become confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners

Key content

  • “School’s about learning. It wouldn’t be that cool if you learnt all these things but you couldn’t learn about your own culture
  • Leadership needed to find expertise outside the school to provide a pathway that supported Māori to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.
  • An important focus was creating the opportunity for children to ‘bring their culture to the school’
  • Students’ growing confidence in their unique identity influenced their approach to learning in the classroom and contribution to the life of the school.

Things to think about

  • What is the range of community expertise that you draw on to create opportunities for students to develop their language, culture and identity?
  • How might you build on what you are doing?