Te Wharekura o Ruatoki - 18/04/2016

Ngā Whakaaturanga

Ko Te Wharekura o Ruātoki tētahi kura i āta whakaritea ai mō ngā ākonga o ngā tau 1 ki te 15. He pai te whakamahinga o ngā paetae ākonga ki te tāutu i ngā matea ako o ia ākonga, ngā whakawhanaketanga o te hōtaka, me ngā huarahi ka whakatairanga ake i ngā akoranga a ngā ākonga. Ka whakatairanga te marautanga ā-hapori i te ako a ngā ākonga, ā, ka whakanuia tō rātou reo, tō rātou ahurea, me tō rātou tuakiri. E tino tautokona ana te ako a ngā ākonga, ā, he tākare tā rātou whakapuaki i ō rātou whakatutukitanga, ā rātou mahi angitu anō hoki ki te taha o ngā mātua me te whānau.

Tērā ka whakahaeretia e te Tari Arotake Mātauranga te arotake whai muri, i roto i ngā tau e toru. 

1 Te Horopaki

He aha ngā āhuatanga whai take o tēnei kura, e whai pānga ana ki te akoranga a ngā ākonga?

Ko Te Wharekura o Ruātoki tētahi kura i āta whakaritea ai mō ngā ākonga o ngā tau 1 ki te 15. Mai i te pūrongo o mua a Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga, kua tino piki ake te tatauranga o te rārangi ingoa o te kura. Ka kawe ngā wēne o te kura i ngā ākonga, mai i Kawerau, i Te Teko, ā, i Whakatāne hoki. Kua whakauru ngā whānau i ā rātou tamariki ki tēnei kura, mō te reo me ngā tikanga o Tūhoe, ngā whakapapa, me te aronga ā-Tūhoe o te marautanga.

Kātahi anō te ratonga o Te Uru Taumata ka whakatūngia, ā, kei a rātou te kawenga o te aronga rautaki me ngā whakawhanaketanga ā-iwi o Tūhoe. Kua whakawhanakehia e rātou te ‘Matemate-ā-one’, ā, e tāutu ana tēnei i ngā uaratanga e pou here ana i te Tūhoetanga. Ka hāngai te Matemate-ā-one ki te aronga rautaki mātauranga o Tūhoe. Ka ū pūmau te kura ki aua uaratanga, ā, ka tuituia katoatia ki te marautanga.

I roto i ngā tau e toru kua pahure ake nei, kua rerekē ngā tūnga ki te poari kaitiaki. E ako ana ngā kaitiaki i ō rātou tūranga kāwanatanga, ā rātou kawenga mahi anō hoki, ā, e whakapakari ana hoki rātou i tō rātou āheinga. Ka whai wāhi mātātoa te tumuaki o mua hei mema o te poari kaitiaki.

Nō te tau 2013 te tumuaki i whakatūngia ai. Kua whai wāhi atu ia ki te hōtaka a ngā tumuaki hou, ā, he mātātoa hoki tana whai wāhi atu ki te rōpū mō ngā tumuaki ki te rohe o Tūhoe, me ngā kaupapa mātauranga o te hapori, ā, o te takiwā whānui hoki o Mātaatua. He hononga ā-whakapapa tōna ki te hapori nei, ā, ka arahina, ka tautokona e tēnei hapori i a ia i roto i āna mahi hei tumuaki.

2 Te Ako

He pēhea te kaha o te kura ki te whakamahi i ngā paetae ākonga kia whai hua ake anō ai te whai wāhi, te ahu whakamua, me te eke angitu o ngā ākonga?

He pai te whakamahinga o ngā paetae ākonga hei tāutu i ngā matea ako o ia ākonga, i ngā whakawhanaketanga o te hōtaka, ā, i ngā momo huarahi anō hoki ka whakatairanga ake i ngā akoranga a ngā ākonga.

Ka hāpai te kāhui marau i ngā kaiako ki te tātari i ngā hōtuku ā-akomanga, me te whakamahere i ngā hōtaka e hāngai pū ana ki ngā matea o ngā ākonga. Ka whakawhiti kōrero ngā kaiako mō te ahu whakamua o ngā ākonga i roto i ngā hui ā-rōpū, ā, ki te taha hoki o te kāhui marau. Ka whakamōhio aua whakawhitinga kōrero i te whakawhanaketanga o te hōtaka, puta noa i te kura. Ka noho matua ngā paetae mātauranga o ngā ākonga mō te kura me te whānau.

Ka whai wāhi nui ngā ākonga ki te ako. Kua waihangatia e ngā kaiako ngā taiao akomanga whakahihiri e mau nei i ngā rauemi ako e tika ana. Ka whakahāngai rātou i te hōtaka o ia rā ki ngā matea o ia ākonga, o ia rōpū ākonga hoki. Ka whakamahi ngā kaiako i ngā tino rautaki whakaako ka hāngai pū ki ia ākonga, ā, ka hāpai anō hoki i ā rātou akoranga. Ko te reo matatini me te pāngarau e noho matua ana hei tūāpapa mō ngā akoranga katoa, ā, ka tuituia katoatia puta noa i te hōtaka.

He tākare ngā ākonga ki te whakapuaki i ā rātou akoranga. Ka whakarato ngā kaiako i ia te wā i ngā whai wāhitanga mō ngā ākonga ki te whakapuaki i ā rātou mahi angitu ki te taha o ngā mātua me te whānau. Ko ngā pūrongo mō te ahu whakamua, te whakatutukitanga hoki o ngā ākonga, ka whakatakoto haere i ngā akoranga ā-mātauranga, ā-tinana, ā-tangata, ā-wairua hoki. Ka whakatakoto hoki ngā pūrongo i te ahu whakamua i roto i te ara umanga e whāia ana e te ākonga. Ka noho matua te ako o te katoa o te ākonga. He manawa whakahī tō ngā ākonga mō ā rātou whakatutukitanga.

3 Te Marautanga

He pēhea rawa te whai take o te marautanga a tēnei kura i runga o te whakatītina me tōna tautoko i te akoranga a ngā ākonga?

Ka whakatairanga, ka hāpai hoki te marautanga o te kura i ngā akoranga a ngā ākonga.

He mārama ngā tūmanako marautanga mō ngā ākonga o ngā tau 1 ki te 13. Kua tuituia Te Marau o Tūhoe, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, te New Zealand Curriculum, me te marautanga o te kura, puta noa i ngā mahere ā-kura. Ka whakanui te kāhui marau i te mahi ngātahi a ngā kaiako, te tirohanga whānui o ngā tuhinga marau, me ngā whakawhitinga kōrero ngaio e arotahi ana ki te whakapai ake i ngā putanga ki ngā ākonga. Ka whai wāhi nui hoki rātou ki te ārahi i te aronga ā-ariā nei ki ngā mahere me te whakatinanatanga o ngā akoranga.

Ka whakanuia te reo, te ahurea, me te tuakiri o ngā ākonga. Ka whai pānga matua te Tūhoetanga ki ngā akoranga a ngā ākonga. Ka tuitui ngā kaiako i ngā mātauranga me ngā hītori o Tūhoe me ngā tikanga o te Hāhi Ringatū ki te hōtaka. Ka kitea ki ngā mahere a ngā kaiako, ko te mita me ngā tikanga o Tūhoe. Ka whakanui te marautanga o te kura i te mana me te whakahirahiratanga o te reo o Tūhoe. Ka whakatinana ngā ākonga i ā rātou akoranga ki te whānuitanga o ngā tūmomo horopaki e hāngai pū ana ki a Ruātoki, ki te marae, ā, ki te hapori whānui hoki. Ko te āta whakamahere e hāpai ana i ngā kaiako ki te whakatutuki i ngā wawata o te whānau, o ngā hapū, o te iwi hoki. Ka ako ngā ākonga ki tētahi taiao e mau nei i te hōhonutanga o te reo.

Ka āta whakaarohia ki ngā mahere marautanga, ko ngā huarahi kei mua tonu i ngā ākonga. Kua whakatinanahia ētahi hōtaka hei hāpai i te whakatau amuamu, hei whāngai i ngā tino pūmanawa, me te reo matatini, te pāngarau hoki, i runga anō i ngā paetae ākonga o te kura whānui. Ka whakamahia ngā pūmanawa o ngā kaiako me ō rātou mōhiotanga ki te marau, hei poipoi i ngā pūmanawa, ngā ngākau nuitanga, me ngā matea o ngā ākonga. Ka ako ngā ākonga mā ngā tūmomo horopaki whānui.

4 Te Rōnakitanga o ngā Mahi a te Kura

He pēhea te āhua o te kura i runga o te rōnakitanga me te whakapakaritanga o āna mahi?

Ka taea e te kura āna mahi te whakapūmau, te whakapakari anō hoki.

Pūrongotia ai ngā paetae me ngā āhuatanga mahi a ngā ākonga i ia te wā. Kua whakamahia aua mōhiohio hei waihanga i ngā hōtaka akoranga e aro nui ana ki ia ākonga, ki ngā matea hoki o ngā rōpū ākonga. Ka whakamahi te kāhui marau i ngā aromātai a ngā kaiako, ngā kōrero urupare a ngā mātua me te whānau, me ngā ratonga o te hapori whānui, ki te whakapakari i ngā whakaritenga puta noa i te kura. E tino tautokona ana ngā ākonga.

Ahakoa e ako ana ētahi o ngā kaitiaki i ō rātou tūranga, ā rātou kawenga hoki ki te kāwana, kei te ū tonu te aronga o tētahi rōpū iti, rōpū mātanga anō hoki ki te ahu whakamua o te kura mō meāke nei, me ngā putanga ki ngā ākonga.

Kua whai wāhi nui te tumuaki ki te whakatakoto i te ahurea pai puta noa i te kura. Ka noho pūmau ia ki te whakapai ake i ngā putanga ako, me te toro atu i ia te wā ki ngā ārahitanga me ngā tohutohu o ngā kaumātua o te hapori nei, mō te ahunga whakamua o te kura ā meāke nei. Ka toro atu ia ki ngā kaiako, te whānau, me ngā pākeke kia whakapuaki ai rātou i ō rātou whakaaro mō te āhua o ngā mahi i te kura, ā, ka aro nui ia ki ngā whakaritenga ka whakapai ake. Ka whakanui ia i te puna mātauranga, te puna mātanga hoki o te kāhui pākeke, me te whakatairanga i tēnei i te kura me tōna hapori.

Ngā wāhanga matua ka whai ake

Kua tāutuhia e ngā kaiārahi matua, e te kāhui marau hoki, mā te aromātai o roto, ko te whakapiki ake i Te Taumata Mātauranga ā-Motu kua Taea, me te whakamahere mō ngā huarahi umanga, ētahi āhuatanga hei whakapai ake. E mōhio ana hoki rātou, ko te mahi ka whai ake nei, ko te whakapiki ake i te reo o ngā ākonga ki te whakawhanaketanga o te marau me ngā mahi aromātai.

Me aro wawe te poari ki te whakaōkawa i ngā tuhinga matua e ārahi ana i te aronga rautaki.

Te Whakatau a te Poari ki ngā Wāhanga Tautukunga

I mua o te arotake i whakatutukitia e te poari whakahaere me te tumuaki he Tauāki Kupu Tūturu a Te Poari mā te Tari Arotake Mātauranga, me tētahi Rārangi Arowhai Tātari Whaiaro. I roto i ēnei tuhinga i oati rātou i whāia e rātou ngā huarahi whai take hei whakatutuki i ā rātou herenga ā-ture e pā ana ki:

  • ngā whakahaerenga ā te poari
  • te marautanga
  • ngā whakahaerenga e pā ana ki te hauora, te haumaru, me te oranga tinana
  • ngā whakahaerenga e pā ana ki ngā kaimahi
  • ngā whakahaerenga pūtea
  • ngā whakahaerenga e pā ana ki ngā rawa.

I te wā o te arotake, i whakamātauhia e te Tari Arotake Mātauranga ngā āhuatanga i raro iho nei, i te mea he nui te pānga o ēnei ki ngā paetae o ngā ākonga:

  • te haumaru aronganui o ngā ākonga (tāpiri atu ki te ārai i ngā mahi whakawetiweti me ngā mahi whakaaito)
  • te haumaru ā-tinana o ngā ākonga
  • te rēhitatanga o ngā kaiako
  • ngā tukanga e pā ana ki te whakatū kaimahi
  • te whakaunu, te aukati, te pana me te whakarerenga
  • te tae ā-tinana atu a ngā ākonga ki te kura.

1 Me arohaehae te poari i te tumuaki i ia tau, hei whakatutuki i ngā tūmanako ngaio o Te Matatū Aotearoa mō ngā tumuaki.[s77c Te Ture Kaimahi Kāwanatanga 1998]

Te Whakarāpopototanga

Ko Te Wharekura o Ruātoki tētahi kura i āta whakaritea ai mō ngā ākonga o ngā tau 1 ki te 15. He pai te whakamahinga o ngā paetae ākonga ki te tāutu i ngā matea ako o ia ākonga, ngā whakawhanaketanga o te hōtaka, me ngā huarahi ka whakatairanga ake i ngā akoranga a ngā ākonga. Ka whakatairanga te marautanga ā-hapori i te ako a ngā ākonga, ā, ka whakanuia tō rātou reo, tō rātou ahurea, me tō rātou tuakiri. E tino tautokona ana te ako a ngā ākonga, ā, he tākare tā rātou whakapuaki i ō rātou whakatutukitanga, ā rātou mahi angitu anō hoki ki te taha o ngā mātua me te whānau.

Hei ā hea Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga arotake anō ai i te Kura?

Tērā ka whakahaeretia e te Tari Arotake Mātauranga te arotake whai muri, i roto i ngā tau e toru.

Lynda Pura-Watson

Kaiurungi Whakaturuki Arotake Māori

18 Paenga-whāwhā, 2016

Ngā korero e pā ana ki te kura

Te tūwāhi

Kei Ruātoki, ki Whakatane

Te tau a te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

221

Te tūmomo kura

He wharekura Tau 1 - 13

Te tokomaha o ngā ākonga o te kura

208

Te Ira Tangata

Tama tāne 105

Kōtiro 103

Ngā hononga ā-iwi

Māori

100%

Ngā āhuatanga motuhake

Rumaki Reo Māori

Te wā i te kura te rōpū arotake

Hui-tanguru 2016

Te rā o tēnei pūrongo

18 Paenga-whāwhā, 2016

Ngā pūrongo o mua tata ake nei, ā te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

Arotake Mātauranga

Arotake Tāpiri

Hakihea 2012

Haratua 2009

Findings

Te Wharekura o Ruātoki is a well-established year 1-15 kura. Student achievement data is used well to identify individual learning needs, programme developments and ways to enhance students’ learning. The local curriculum promotes student learning and their language, culture and identity is emphasised.  Students are well supported as learners and they are enthusiastic about sharing their achievements and successes with parents and whānau.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

1 Context

What are the important features of this school that have an impact on student learning?

Te Wharekura o Ruātoki is a well-established year 1-15 kura. Since the previous ERO report the school has had a significant roll growth. School vans transport students from Kawerau, Te Teko and Whakatāne. Whānau have enrolled their children for te reo me ngā tikanga o Tūhoe, whakapapa and the Tūhoe focused curriculum.

The newly formed organisation, Te Uru Taumata has responsibility for the Tūhoe strategic direction and iwi developments. They have developed ‘Matemate-ā-one’ which identifies the values that underpin the essence of being Tūhoe. Matemate-ā-one aligns to the Tūhoe education strategic direction. The kura adhere to these values and integrate them throughout the curriculum.

In the last three years there has been changes to the board of trustees. Trustees are learning about their governance roles and responsibilities and building their capability. The previous tumuaki is an active member on the current board of trustees.

The tumuaki was appointed in 2013. He participated in the first time principal programme and is an active member in the Tūhoe principals group and educational forum in the local and wider community of Mātaatua. He has whakapapa links to the local community and receives guidance and support from them in his role as tumuaki.

2 Learning

How well does this school use achievement information to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement?

Student achievement data is used well to identify individual learning needs, programme developments and ways to enhance students’ learning.

The kāhui marau (curriculum leadership team) supports kaiako to analyse classroom data and plan programmes that are responsive to the needs of students. Kaiako discuss student progress in syndicate meetings and with the kāhui marau. These discussions inform school-wide programme development. Students' academic achievement is a priority for the kura and whānau.

Students are engaged learners. Kaiako have created vibrant classroom environments with appropriate learning resources. They focus the daily programme on the individual and group needs. Kaiako use deliberate acts of teaching that target individuals and supports their learning. Literacy and numeracy is considered fundamental to all learning and is integrated throughout the programme.

Students share their learning enthusiastically. Kaiako provide regular opportunities for students to share their success with parents and whānau. Reports about student progress and achievement reflect academic, physical, cultural and spiritual learning. Progress in the identified career pathways for students are included in reports. Students’ holistic learning is important. Students are proud of their achievements.

3 Curriculum

How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote and support student learning?

The school’s curriculum promotes and supports student learning.

There are clear curriculum expectations for years 1 -13. Te Marau o Tūhoe, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and New Zealand Curriculum and the kura curriculum are integrated throughout school-wide planning. The kāhui marau promote kaiako collaboration, oversight of curriculum documents and professional discussions focused on improving student outcomes. They also play a key role in leading a thematic approach to planning and implementation.

Student’s language, culture and identity is emphasised. Tūhoetanga is an integral part of student’s learning. Kaiako integrate Tūhoe knowledge, histories and Te Hāhi Ringatū practices in the programme. Kaiako plans reflect ‘te mita me ngā tikanga o Tūhoe’. The school’s curriculum emphasises the value and importance of te reo o Tūhoe. Students apply their learning in a range of contexts specific to Ruātoki, the marae and wider community. Deliberate planning assists kaiako to fulfil whānau, hapū and iwi aspirations. Students learn in a rich language environment.

Students’ futures are considered in curriculum planning. Programmes have been implemented to support conflict resolution, gifted and talented and literacy and numeracy, based on school-wide student data. Kaiako strengths and curriculum knowledge are utilised to cater for student’s strengths, interests and needs. Students learn in range of contexts.

4 Sustainable Performance

How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance?

The school is able to sustain and improve its performance.

Student achievement and performance is regularly reported. The information has been used to create learning programmes that respond to individual students and group needs. The kāhui marau use kaiako evaluation, parent and whānau feedback and wider community organisations to strengthen school wide practices. Students are well supported.

Whilst some trustees are learning their governance roles and responsibilities, a small, experienced group maintain a focus on the future direction of the school and student outcomes.

The tumuaki has been instrumental in creating a positive culture throughout the school. He is committed to improving student outcomes and regularly seeks advice and guidance from local elders about the future direction of the school. He invites kaiako, whānau and pākeke to share their views about the school performance and is receptive to improving practices. He acknowledges the kāhui pākeke share a wealth of knowledge and experiences that enhance the school and its community.

Key Next Steps

Senior leaders and the kāhui marau, through internal evaluation have identified increasing National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and planning for career pathways as areas for improvement. They also accept that increasing student voice in curriculum development and evaluation is also a next step for them.

The board need to give urgent attention to formalising key documents that guide the strategic direction.

Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review, the board of trustees and principal of the school completed the ERO Board Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to:

  • board administration
  • curriculum
  • management of health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • financial management
  • asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on students' achievement:

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)
  • physical safety of students
  • teacher registration
  • processes for appointing staff
  • stand-downs, suspensions, expulsions and exclusions
  • attendance. 

1 The board of trustees must annually appraise the principal to comply with the New Zealand Education Council professional expectations for principals.[ s.77C-StateSector Act 1988]

Conclusion

Te Wharekura o Ruātoki is a well-established year 1-15 kura. Student achievement data is used well to identify individual learning needs, programme developments and ways to enhance students’ learning. The local curriculum promotes student learning and their language, culture and identity is emphasised. Students are well supported as learners and they are enthusiastic about sharing their achievements and successes with parents and whānau.

When is ERO likely to review the Kura again?

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Lynda Pura-Watson

Deputy Chief Review Officer Māori

18 April 2016 

School Statistics

Location

Ruātoki

Ministry of Education profile number

221

School type

Wharekura Years 1 - 13

School roll

208

Gender composition

Boys 105

Girls 103

Ethnic composition

Māori

100%

Special features

Māori Immersion

Review team on site

February 2016

Date of this report

18 April 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Supplementary Review

December 2012

May 2009