14 June 2021
I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho
(A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.)
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa
This whakatauki refers to the need for creative thinking, adaptability and perseverance. In order to solve a problem, you need to have all of these. In the world of education, it seems that we are currently facing many issues, problems and challenges. Working our way through is both time-consuming and could easily distract us from teaching and learning which is at the heart of what we do.
You would be aware that currently under discussion is the NCEA review, the changes to the literacy and numeracy requirements, Mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori, changes to the Ministry of Education strategic planning requirements, the upcoming introduction of the National Education Learning Priorities (NELPS) and the list goes on. Compounding this work is our own curriculum review, and as already mentioned, significant property developments that are happening in the school. As the whakatauki says, we need to have perseverance, creative thinking, and adaptability to negotiate these significant challenges.
In the last few weeks, a lot has occurred in the school. Our Kapa haka group who are preparing for the Regionals went on a haerenga up to Hawera where they met some of Matua Kealyn’s whānau and stayed on the marae, Ngakaunui. This environment was conducive to the hard work that was needed to perfect their performance programme and a lot of progress was made. The regionals will be held at the end of the term.