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  • Te Ika Unahi Nui

    Tēnā rā koutou katoa. Ko Taranaki, ko Hikurangi ngā maunga e tū nei. Ko Taranaki, ko Te Atiawa, Ko Ngāti Porou ngā iwi e mihi nei. Ko Puniho Pā tōku kāinga. Ko Jason Ruakere ahau. Ko au tētehi Pou Takawaenga mō CORE Education. I'm a facilitator with CORE Education and am a member of Learning wi...

    Tags: engaging with whānau, digital technologies, tataiako

  • Ngā Kōrero mō ngā maunga o Taranaki

    Tēna koutou, I hope you all had a good break and feeling ready for what is often the busiest term of the year. Maunga Our kaupapa over the next month is about our maunga in Taranaki. We begin by tracing the journey of Pukeonaki from the middle of the North Island and learn about the signific...

    Tags: ipads, literacy, maunga, engaging with whānau, Māori boys

  • Potato Planting at the Pā

    Kia ora koutou!   A key part of the vision of Te Ika Unahi Nui is for our boys to learn practical skills that will support them through life. No doubt challenges will come their way in the future and it is our responsibility as a whānau to equip them with the necessary skills to succee...

    Tags: ipads, literacy, maara, engaging with whānau, Māori boys, authentic learning, tātaiako

  • iPads are a great tool for supporting shy learners in the classroom

    Kia ora koutou, Kaupapa This week the boys have been learning about Karakatonga Pā which was located at the headwaters of the Waiawakaiho river prior to the arrival of Pukeonaki maunga. Learning intentions The boys will learn about Karakatonga Pā Literacy focus is on pronunciation, ...

    Tags: ipads, literacy, maunga, engaging with whānau, Māori boys

  • The benefits of authentic learning environments

    Kia ora koutou and welcome to Spring! Kaupapa Taranaki maunga plays a prominent role in the identity of the boys, their whānau and the school community. The learning focus for the boys this fortnight has been to build an understanding of: The original inhabitants and the naming of maung...

    Tags: ipads, literacy, maunga, engaging with whānau, Māori boys, authentic learning

  • Tramping in the footsteps of our ancestors

    Kia ora koutou! Last Sunday I drove a van load of excited boys to the start of the Pouakai track at the top of Mangorei Road, south of New Plymouth. I greeted the maunga with a mihi, said our karakia and then we set off. We meandered through the bush for about an hour before we reached what seem...

    Tags: Māori boys, engaging with whānau, literacy, authentic learning, tātaiako cultural compentencies

  • A whānau that meets and eats together stays together

    Engaging with whānau   A significant feature of Te Ika Unahi Nui is building relationships with whānau through holding regular meetings in their houses. From the outset engaging with the whānau was a priority and I therefore wanted to hold our first hui at our house. Meeting in environ...

    Tags: Engaging with whānau, Māori boys, school and whānau partnerships, whānau voice, collaboration