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Maori Community

E ngā tai pari, e ngā tai timu e papaki kau ana ki te ākau ō te Whau.

E ngā reo korihi me ngā reo koroki, nei ngā whakamihia ki a koutou.

Nei rā ka mihi, nei rā ka mihi.

At Avondale College we are proud of the successes of our Māori students, both in and out of the classroom.

Our College is within the rohe of Te Kawerau a Maki, but our students originate from tribes throughout New Zealand.

The focal point for Māori at Avondale is our whare, Te Puna Aroha. Te Reo Māori is usually taught in the whare, and it is also the base for our Whānau Class. This group is a multi level Home Room Class, of students from Years 10-13. The Whānau Class meet every morning with a particular focus on promoting Māori identity, language and culture as well as encouraging links to whānau.

Senior students from the Whānau Class are part of our Māori & Pasifka Student Leaders Group, who meet twice a term to discuss the successes, concerns, needs and wants of these groups of students. Students from the Leaders Group have led the organization and planning of a number of events at school, have helped us to analyse our data for Māori & Pasifika achievement and have played a leading role in some Professional Development activities for staff.

Student Success

Our Māori students enjoy considerable success in the classroom, and achieve well above National levels. Over recent years the performance of our Māori learners has improved significantly and our staff continue to focus on working towards equitable outcomes for Māori students.

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Māori students from Avondale College proudly represent us at many events both within and outside the school. Our Kapahaka group, Te Rōpū ō Pātiki, have a history of success on the Māori Stage at the ASB Polyfest and in 2014 they placed 2nd in Mōteatea. Te Rōpū ō Pātiki welcome new staff, students and visitors to our school and lead many of our events during the school year, such as Prizegiving.

Whanau Group

We have strong links with our Māori community. Our Whānau Group are actively involved in the life of the school, and their regular meetings, on the third Tuesday of each month are a forum for discussion and consultation. In Term 2, 2014 we hosted our inaugural Māori Leaders Dinner, which was attended by a significant number of local Māori dignitaries, members of our Board of Trustees, whānau, staff and students.

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