Māori Education

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:

  1. Our Māori students feel supported in their identity and presence in their school.
  2. Our Māori student retention rates match or better the school average.
  3. Māori Years 9 and 10, and NCEA achievement rates match or better the school average.

To achieve these outcomes we value and use recent research as to effective teaching practices to improve the educational achievement of Māori students. Our teaching practices arise from the principles of:

  1. Manaakitanga – the creation of a supportive and positive environment that cares for our Māori students as Māori
  2. Mana motuhake – having high expectations of our students
  3. Nga whakapiringatanga – managing our classrooms to promote learning
  4. Wananga – teaching in interactive ways that involve our students
  5. Ako – teaching and learning is a two-way, relational process – our students come to the classroom already with academic and cultural knowledge. How do we use this knowledge?
  6. Kotahitanga – the teacher, the student, whānau • together work out learning goals and ways to achieve them • together use data to monitor progress towards these goals • together do things differently if there is poor progress towards the goals