Our programmes are designed to ensure our students can manage themselves in their to strive for excellence. Like our tūpuna Tawhaki each child has her or his own path. Our ara ako (learning pathways) give the student an opportunity to try different ways of learning at their own pace and with support.
Tāwhaki made his own way to the heavens to get the baskets of knowledge. Our students will learn to also be self managing and how to make decisions that are correct for them
Te Āhuatanga o te Kura Tuatahi - The Setup of the Primary School
Te Kura Māori o Porirua provides immersion education for students aged 5-18 years. Following is information on the make up of our kura.
When first enrolling at the kura as a new entrant, the student will be placed into Ngā Kākano, our reception whānau. Being placed in the new entrants class gives the new entrant time to become familiar and comfortable with the teacher and to interact with their classmates. They will learn how to hold a pen, use the i-pad or when to sit on the mat and more to help settle them and them used to kura. They also have to get used to only speaking te reo and being spoken to in te reo.
Once settled into the routines and programme and when they are socially ready, the student will be moved into Pou Tuarongo (years 1-2).
Ngā Pou o te Kura Māori o Porirua
There are three pou (posts) that support the tāhuhu (ridgepole), namely the pou mua (front post), the pou tokomanawa (centre post) and the pou tuarongo (back wall post). There is also the pou at the very front of house, this is the pou kaiāwhā (porch post).
Class levels are grouped into each of these pou. Pou are housed in each Whare ā-Kura (classroom block).
Ngā Ara Ako
Following are some of the ara ako or learning pathways we use to engage the students