Te Reo Maori
We aim to:
By the end of the course, our aim is that students will:
- Have a basic understanding of the Māori spiritual and natural worlds (mana atua, mana whenua), and our important connections to them.
- Be able to identify the sounds of Māori letters and pronounce letter combinations using correct intonation and stress patterns.
- Confidently greet people, introduce yourself and communicate basic personal information in an informal context.
- Identify and respond to phrases in the classroom including basic commands/instructions.
- Confidently describe the day/date, time, and the weather
- Discuss our responsibilities as a bi-cultural nation under ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi’ and identify underlying Māori values such as: whanaungatanga, pepehā and tikanga.
- Discuss the significance of whakapapa as a fundamental Māori world view and confidently describe your family and relationships through this lens.
- Form simple sentences to describe parts of your face and body.
- Discuss protocol on the marae.
- Recognize the importance and use of karakia and be able to recite one correctly.
- Recognize the cultural values inherent within different whakataukī (proverbs) and kīwaha (idioms) and be able to correctly recite one of each.
- Ask and answer questions about people’s family, home, likes and dislikes and work situations.
- Have some ability to have simple conversations about things that happen regularly in your everyday life.
- Introduce a person, an object, or a ‘memory in time’ and confidently describe its basic physical or emotional features.
- Confidently describe everyday routines and have a simple conversation about what we enjoy doing like our hobbies and interests.
- Use relevant vocabulary to confidently purchase an item and discuss prices and ways of payment at the supermarket or at a cafe.
- Explore the uses of the tenses: i, ka, kei, kua and e…ana through a script or drama performance.
- Have all students feel safe and respected in school, and in the community.
- Learn about their family history, backgrounds, exploring their cultural understanding and beliefs
- Help students unify their piers through displaying respect and honor.
- Build self-worth through service to others
- Assist younger students feel valued and safe
Weekly classes and extra opportunities will be implemented offer our students methods of emersion in the culture and language.
- Introductory presentations
- Te Hangi Experience
- Cultural activities and games
- Family history program
- Kapa Haka (Song & Dance)
Involving the student’s families in some of our activities has proven extremely vital to the success we have experienced, so we strongly encourage family participation when appropriate.