Pasifika Update March 2015
A parent meeting was recently held on 17 March and 45 parents attended to hear from John Leen the initiatives to support the achievements of their children both during school hours and in the holidays. The parents clearly were pleased with the improved Pasifika NCEA results in 2014 especially in Level 1 and 2 and have openly expressed their gratitude to John and his team. The parents have been re-assured that despite changes in Mentoring for 2015 their children can still be supported at the Learning Centre when ever they feel the need and the centre is also available every Tuesdays for after school homework and required support.
Our Pasifika Lead Team has been in collaboration with the ministry on our Pasifika Education Plan, and there is going to be a presentation to the SLT on 31 March before we set dates for future P/D for our staff. Part of the plan is to focus on how we can accelerate the achievement of Pasifika students especially in the quality of passes such as Merits and Excellence.
The Samoan cultural group performed on Friday at the Polyfest on 20 March and the Tongan on 21 March. Both groups performed with distinction and represented MRGS with pride.
Pasifika Achievement 2014
Pasifika Senior Leaders led our Pasifika assembly in the Hall during term 3, 2014. This was the third of our assemblies for the year. Student guest speakers have spoken about their journey through school and how they are now well placed to achieve NCEA Level 1, the tips they think students should follow when preparing for exams and we have been entertained by one of our great Pasifika singers, Miracle Kitiona and a rap about change/stepping up our game has also been performed.
We thank Mary-Kate Fonua, Krisney Akeimo, Apelu Lealavaa and our MC’s Perpetua ‘Akau’ola and Oriana Tyrell. We have had fantastic assemblies this year.
Acknowledgment and thanks to Peter Leilua and Tili Leilua for their guidance and support of our Pasifika senior leaders.
Pasifika Student News 2014
Young Free and Pasifika Conference
The photograph opposite shows students and a staff member with Minister Of Pasific and Island Affairs at the ‘Young Free and Pasifika Conference’ on the Auckland Museum steps.
Mary Kate Fonua, Perpetua ‘Akau’ola, Mrs Puafolau, Nooroa Taulagaua, Grace Usumaki and Hon. Paseta Sam Lotuliga.
The four mentioned students joined 200 other young Pasifika women at the ‘Young Free and Pasifika Con-ference at the Auckland Museum. Key note speakers were Hon. Paseta Sam Lotuliga and Judge Ida Malosi. The objective of the conference was for students to recognise the empowerment that comes with pride in cultural identity and how this can lead to their taking greater responsibility and leadership roles within their school and home communities. The students returned from the conference enthusiastic and motivated.
Former MRGS Principal Ken Rapson in his current role as Director of School’s Partnership at Auckland University has invited 12 year 13 Pasifika students to participate in the NIU Programme. The programme mentors and tutors targeted Pasifika students in their final year of school and first year of university study. Over six sessions here at school and two at the Auckland Campus our selected students will be provided with academic assistance and strategies and skills in leadership and self-management.
Pasifika Visual Arts Programme
During the first week of the end of term 1 holidays, 80 yr 11 and 12 students attended a 3 day programme which saw them produce works displaying cultural conventions. Resident R.T.L.B Russell Su’a invited Leota Alice Meredith from ‘The Roots – Creative Enterprises’ organisation to deliver a seminar to the students on patterns and design of siapo and tapa, and their cultural significance. The students’ work will be placed on display later this term.
Pasifika Homework Centre
The homework centre is changing its time and venue. As of Monday the 26th May the homework centre will operate out of G4 and G5 every Monday from 3.15 to 6pm.
University of Otago Pacific Expo
Any year 13 Pasifika students considering a course of study at Otago University should attend the above expo on Monday 23 June 4-7pm at Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland Airport. Cnr Kirkbridge & Ascot Roads Mangere. Free phone 0800 80 80 98 for information or see Mr Leen Learning Extension Department.