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October 14, 2017

Teachers required for Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology

Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology is a Ngāti Whakaue partnership school for years 1 to 10 committed to the sustainability of Ngāti Whakaue reo and tikanga. We are recruiting a foundation team of up to four teachers who will join the centre in December 2017 ready for a 30 January 2018 opening. Te Rangihakahaka will provide opportunities for all ākonga to ignite their passion in learning with a focus on the sciences and mātauranga Māori. We will do this by delivering a meaningful and relevant curriculum drawn largely from our own local context and mātauranga ā Iwi. Through the Ngāti Whakaue science curriculum – Te Whareaonui o Te Rangihakahaka – ākonga will learn to understand and appreciate the technological world in which we live, the environmental complexities of our planet and the interdependency and connectedness of the biological world. As a STEAM school our programme will support ākonga and their whānau to develop and explore their passions in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. We are looking to build a team of experienced pouako who are passionate about learning, teaching and education. They will be prepared to continuously improve their practice and be driven to excellence. As curious minds in their […]
September 13, 2017
Te Rangihakahaka

Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology

Tēnā rā koutou katoa We are privileged and excited to present Ngāti Whakaue’s newest education initiative – Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology. Te Rangihakahaka is a unique learning environment for our tamariki from Y1 to Y10 and their whanau.  Te Rangihakahaka will provide opportunities for all students to ignite their passion in learning. We will do this by delivering a meaningful and relevant curriculum drawn largely from our own local context, our identity, language and culture, and our mātauranga Māori. Our website has now gone live and we would like to invite you to explore the site, discover more about the centre and register your interest in enrolling your child for 2018.  Please share the link with your networks. The following link will take you to our new site: Mēnā he pātai āu whakapā mai, waea mai rānei ki ahau nei ki or 021061026. Please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Roana Bennett if you have any further questions. Ngā mihi uruhau ki a tātau katoa. Renee Gillies Team Leader
July 14, 2016

Education is the Circuit-Breaker

Response to Budget 2016 Roana Bennett, General Manager of Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Trust said “I’m pleased to see the focus on early childhood, vulnerable families and pathways for young people into employment and apprenticeships. These are flash-points for our country’s social and economic progress. So I agree with the budget allocations at a high level. The test will be how effectively government can deploy the allocation at the community level. “The statistical evidence is clear that learners that come from the most vulnerable homes are the least the likely to achieve academically. But statistical evidence is also clear that education is the circuit breaker for inter-generational unemployment and poverty. “The budget has a raft of educational, employment and social initiatives targeting vulnerable families such as increasing the number of teacher aides, investing in New Zealand’s children and families, and whanau ora. The key is to ensure that the effort that goes into these families are focussed on educational outcomes. Education is not well articulated as a desired outcome in social policy and New Zealand is being let down because if it. “Social needs, health issues, inadequate housing, unemployment within the family – these are all barriers to learners […]
May 16, 2016

Science / Education / Rotorua / Iwi / Te Arawa

Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Trust (Te Taumata) is pleased to announce that they been successful in their application to the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund – a cross agency programme of work led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise, the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. Roana Bennett, General Manager for Te Taumata said “Our team will develop eight bi-lingual science kits to be used in local pre-school/kohanga reo, primary, kura kaupapa, intermediate and secondary schools. The content will be based on the successful Matakokiri Science Wananga that the Taumata holds during the first week of every school holidays for tamariki aged from 7 years to 14.” Ms Bennett said “These bi-lingual science kits will be available to Iwi, whanau and schools within Te Arawa through a booking system administered by Te Taumata. The kits will increase engagement levels of students and whanau, and add to the knowledge-base of educators. The kits will facilitate the use of Matauranga Maori in the classroom and support the development of collaborative relationships between Iwi, the science community and schools.” Ms Bennett said “Alongside the kits the team will provide opportunities for professional learning […]