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A proud and inclusive approach to Maori education in Lasallian schools

Posted on 18 February 2016
A proud and inclusive approach to Maori education in Lasallian schools

As students settle back into class at the start of the academic year, Lasallian schools in New Zealand are continuing their strong tradition of outreach to the Maori community through a series of "Whanau" or extended family events this month.

At De La Salle College Mangere East in South Auckland, a "Whanau Hui" night is being held where members of the Maori community come together and discuss the school's academic programs with staff members.

Parents with students in Years 7-10 will be able to discuss ways they can help their sons succeed through encouraging them with their homework in the key areas of literacy and numeracy.

Parents with students in Years 10-13 will also be able to access specialist advice to maximise their success in final year examinations.

Recent results from last year's National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) show De La Salle Mangere is continuing to achieve results above the national average.

This is a remarkable achievement given the school is located in one of the lowest socio-economic areas of New Zealand.

In Rotorua, John Paul College has a regular Whanau support group which is also geared towards working with the local Maori community to maximise student results in the classroom.

Members of the community are encouraged to involve all their extended families in the support group, with this month's session looking specifically at the results in the school from last year's NCEA exams, where the school also performed above the national average.

John Paul College also has a number of Maori students in key leadership roles at the school, emphasising the importance of them acting as strong role models for their extended family, their school and their people.

This inclusive approach also extends to the sporting arena with a hui or social gathering recently held, working with extended families to encourage Maori students to register for the Waka Ama or outrigger canoe program at the college.

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