- our place to stand -
YEAR 1 2 3
(Te Motu, Te Pūroto, Te Kōhanga, Te Ngahere)
Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known and powerful Māori concepts. Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as ‘a place to stand’. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.
Our new entrant children start school as teina in Tūrangawaewae where they build positive relationships with their older peers in the school known as the tuakana.
The tuakana–teina relationship, an integral part of traditional Māori society, provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana helps and guides a younger or less expert teina.
In a learning environment that recognises the value of ako, the tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. For example, the student who yesterday was the expert on piwakawaka birds and explained what they knew about the fantail may learn from their classmate today about how manaakitanga (one of our school values) is practised in action our classroom.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from
But for children play is serious learning, Play is
really the work of childhood
- Fred Rogers -
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