Māori Education at QPS
At QPS we are a Tiriti o Waitangi partner.
Therefore, our expectations are that teachers will understand the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and share this knowledge with tamariki. Queenstown Primary School is ‘Māori Achievement Collaborative’ (MAC) School. The goal of the National Collaborative is to raise Māori Achievement – ‘Māori Achieving as Māori.’
We are committed to using Te Reo Māori. Karakia starts and closes our school day in each and every classroom. Students will be taught and have weekly opportunities to sing our school waiata, Ko te Aroha. A curriculum plan for the teaching of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori is now embedded across the school. This allows for scaffolded teaching and learning opportunities as tamariki progress through our kura.
Te Reo me ngā Tikanga Māori:
Taught within all classrooms.
Available to all students, optional.
Welcome for new students and staff.
Learning the process of traditional cooking and partaking in a feast.
Learning about and acknowledging the Māori New Year.