Maori Update March 2015
A whanau hui was recently held on 11 March and it was great to see and meet new faces as part of MRGS whanau/family. They openly voiced their opinion and concerns in small groups and the Lead team will collate this information and plan how best to cater for what has been raised. The NCEA results were shared and this information will be distributed to the Maori community to highlight the improvement that has been achieved in 2014.
The Maori cultural group had its dress rehearsal on 14 March and it was well supported by the community. They performed at the Polyfest on 19 March with pride and distinction and they were placed 8th out of 27 participating schools. A well deserved result and congratulations to all staff and students for their commitment and aroha.
Members of the Maori Lead group attended a P/D on Kia Eke Panuku on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 and will design a plan for term 2 on how best to support staff with culturally responsive pedagogy methodology to assist with the acceleration of the achievements of Maori children especially with the quality of NCEA passes such as Merits and Excellence.
Whanau Hui Term 3, 2014
The 20th August was the MRGS Whanau Hui. Invitations were sent out to the whanau of all of Maori students. There was an overview of our current Maori achievement, support we offer and programmes that are in place to help Maori students connect with school, engage and accelerate their achievement. Whanau took up the opportunity for mentoring conversations around the most current data on the achievement of their tamariki. Tertiary providers helped students plan their future careers and find out information on courses as well as scholarships and other services provided. We also had a brief introduction to the Maori Academy.
This event was well attended by both students and staff. A big thank you to all staff involved: mentors, SLT, the yr 11 academic deans, Whaea Lee and Whaea Jackie Jade. The feedback from whanau that attended was very positive and they appreciated the support and advice given.
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