Ko te pae tawhiti, whāia kia tata Ko te pae tata, whakamaua kia tina
Seek out distant horizons, and cherish those you attain
Our teacher and student development program is based on research conducted by the University of Otago and the Ministry of Education, named the Te Kauhua Programme. Te Kauhua (meaning the supports on a waka and used as a metaphor for supporting one another on the same journey) is about reframing the mainstream school experience for Māori students. The hypothesis underpinning the programme is that Māori student outcomes will improve when they see themselves reflected in the curriculum, and when their teachers are trained to be reflective about their practice and to be agents of change for Māori students
Māori Mentoring Positive student-teacher relationships are a pre-requisite to student engagement in schools, so Hornby High School provides one-on-one mentoring opportunities for Māori students. Hornby High staff also undertake regular professional development based on important Māori concepts and principles. Attending to these principles is essential if Māori students are to feel truly valued and therefore become meaningfully engaged in classroom learning activities.
Our three foundational outcomes for our Māori students are:
To achieve these outcomes we value and use recent research as to effective teaching practices to improve educational achievement of Māori students. Our teaching practices arise from the principles of: