All ākonga are placed into a Puna Ako group at the beginning of the year. The purpose of this time is to make connections with peers, work on SEL, learn Haeata tikanga, track and monitor NCEA progress and attendance. Puna Ako will be at the start of each day from 8.50am – 9.10am. On Wednesday Puna Ako groups will attend the Y9-13 assembly.
Year 12 & 13 ākonga are required to pick 6 options. If they require Literacy and or Numeracy, this will be compulsory in their course selections. They also have a variety of options to choose from including HSPP, Services, Hospitality Programme and other courses offered externally through our Pathways programme.
On Friday the 20th of May, we celebrated Pink Shirt Day at kura. Our Y 2 and 13 Health Class created a video highlighting what kindness looks like at kura as part of a NCEA Assessment in Health. This video has had 2200 views on our Facebook Page and has had a lot of positive feedback! It was lovely seeing our tamariki and kaimahi dressed up in pink in support of anti bullying. There was a great atmosphere at kura and lots of positive korero around compassion and manaakitanga.
Samoan Language Week:
Talofa! Samoan Language week was celebrated from 31 May – 3 June and celebrates the third most spoken language in Aotearoa New Zealand. During this week, we learnt a Samoan word each day of the week, enjoyed a variety of performances by our Pasifika ākonga from Y5-13 in a packed Te Rau Ika, played Samoan games during lunch times and finished the week by enjoying a delicious traditionally cooked umu. It was incredible to see our ākonga celebrate their language and be proud of their culture!