Improvement In Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Deliberate acts of leadership – James Hargest High School

Any parent who has sat through a series of prize-givings, over a few years, would have noticed a steady shift in what is normal.

A school principal talks about how he works with his teachers and Māori community to develop a bicultural school context within which both Treaty partners are acknowledged and valued. A teacher and members of the Māori community describe how this principal’s leadership has facilitated a reciprocal relationship between the school and their local Māori community.

This video illustrates

Domain 2: Leadership for equity and excellence

Evaluation indicator

  • Leadership builds relational trust and effective collaboration at every level of the school community 

Key content

  • Leadership evidences a personal commitment to te reo and tikanga Māori
  • “…It shows us he’s really trying and it shows all the non Māori kids it’s ok to do that”
  • There are deliberate and visible efforts to recognise both treaty partners
  • The importance of listening
  • Relationships if they are to become genuine and sustainable partnerships need a commitment to bring benefits to both parties

Things to think about

  • How would others perceive our commitment to recognise both treaty partners equally?
  • Are we listening effectively?