As the school year draws to a close, I would…
Ngā mihi o te ahiahi
Monday 11- Sunday 17 September, marks the official ‘Te Reo’ week across New Zealand and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share CPDS’s strategy to increase Te Reo within our school.
We have been working with a number of teachers this year who have requested some extra support in teaching Te Reo to their class. In Term 2 and 3, we have employed the services of the very talented Whaea Paddy Flavell to come in one day each week. She teaches a structured Te Reo lesson in a class with the teacher participating along with the students and then the expectation is for the teacher to repeat the lesson the following week on their own. This allows Paddy to visit more teachers across our school, as she returns to each class once a fortnight. This work is building on the Te Reo lessons that the school offered last year to our staff to help build their confidence. A number of our staff took up this opportunity and these lessons have been offered once again this year. We have also extended an invitation for interested members of our school community to join in. As well as language classes, we also have offered staff and community the opportunity to participate in an adult Kapa Haka group. This group has a number of staff members and some parents involved and we have thoroughly enjoyed the first two sessions already.
The school is committed to building the staff capacity so all our teachers have the confidence and ability to deliver quality Te Reo classes. We are realistic enough to know that this is going to take time and we know the current investment and focus on Te Reo needs to be ongoing.
As always, we are interested in feedback from you- our school community, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or ideas on what we can do moving forward in this area.