TE ARA REO NGĀ TIKANGA / LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. 

Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national, and human identities. Every language has its own ways of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.

LEVEL 1

Gagana Samoa

Gagana Samoa has been introduced to build the language and cultural knowledge in fa’asamoa. The course offers an opportunity for students to build their language skills as well as their understanding of the different aspects of Gagana Samoa. They will also be able to experience cultural practices and protocols. Speaking a basic fluency of the language is needed for students to reach their full potential in the subject.

Entry Requirements: Students will need basic fluency in Samoan as a first language and be able to hold a conversation in Samoan
Leads to: Level 2 Samoan
Teacher in Charge: Ms M Iosefo

Spanish Language and Culture

This course is for those students interested in the many opportunities speaking a major world language can offer. The course is designed with a focus on communicating using a wide range of basic Spanish. They will also explore the exciting and diverse Spanish speaking world from Europe to Latin America. Students will make connections to their own languages and cultures.

A range of internal and external achievement standards will be offered. This course is offered in conjunction with Te Kura online school. See Mr Orr to find out more.

Cost and Materials: $20 for Education Perfect
Entry Requirements: Studied Spanish at Year 10, be a native speaker; any other students would need to see Mr Orr
Leads to: Level 2/3 Spanish Language and Culture
Teacher in Charge: Mr R Orr

Te Reo Māori

The course emphasises the use and understanding of spoken and written Māori as a language of teaching, communication and interaction.

Topics covered will include:

  • Toku Ao, Taku kura (my world, my school)
  • Hakinakina (sports)
  • Ngā kōrero popoto (short stories)
  • Ngā wawata me ngā moemoeā (dreams and aspirations)

Students will be working on a series of portfolios for all their internal assessments.

This will mean they are collecting evidence of speaking and writing throughout the year. Collecting evidence over time reflects good assessment practice. It allows both teachers and students to see development in knowledge and of skills across a range of learning contexts. Evidence may come from a formal or informal setting. For example, two students could be discussing their weekend in Te Reo informally. This could be filmed and recorded as evidence.

Cost and Materials: To be confirmed
Entry Requirements: Studied Te Reo Māori at Year 10 OR, Be a native speaker OR, Kōrero ki te kaiako
Leads to: Levels 2 & 3 Te Reo Māori, Level 2 Raranga, Tertiary study in Toi Māori, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Level 3 Waka Hourua, Level 4 BA Te Reo for selected students Year 13
Teacher in Charge: Whāea Mā (Marlene Wilkinson)

Gagana Samoa

Gagana Samoa is the continuation of the Level 1 Gagana Samoa course. We will be exploring the cultural customs in more depth and the different language dialects used in society. The course will be built around historical events, the placement of tamaita’i Samoa in society and the relationship between New Zealand and Samoa.

Entry Requirements: Level 1 Samoan
Leads to: Level 3 Samoan
Teacher in Charge: Ms M Iosefo

Spanish

Students who wish to pursue Spanish will be supported through a course at Te Kura, the online school.

Te Reo Māori

The course emphasises the use and understanding of spoken and written Māori as a language of teaching, communication, interaction and reading comprehension.

Topics covered will include:

  • He tangata rongonui (famous Māori people)
  • Nga mahi a te rehia (recreation, entertainment)
  • Ngā kōrero popoto (short stories)
  • Hauora, Waiora (health and wellbeing)

Students will be working on a series of portfolios for all their internal assessments.

This will mean they are collecting evidence of speaking and writing throughout the year. Collecting evidence over time reflects good assessment practice. It allows both teachers and students to see development in knowledge and of skills across a range of learning contexts. Evidence may come from a formal or informal setting. For example, two students could be discussing their weekend in Te Reo informally. This could be filmed and recorded as evidence. 

Students on this course will also take an external exam.

Cost and Materials: To be confirmed
Entry Requirements: Studied Te Reo Māori at Year 11 OR Be a native speaker OR Kōrero ki te kaiako
Leads to: Levels 2 & 3 Te Reo Māori, Level 2 Raranga Tertiary study in Toi Māori, Bachelor of Fine Arts Level 3 Waka Hourua Level 4 BA Te Reo for selected students Year 13
Teacher in Charge: Whāea Mā (Marlene Wilkinson)

Waka Hourua

This course is for those interested in learning about waka using traditional and contemporary Māori and Pacific kaupapa.

The range of projects you will work on include:

  • Waka voyaging 
  • Waka Tikanga 
  • Waka navigation 
  • Māori Tourism 
  • NZ Coastguard Day skippers and In water survival certificates 

This course will run on a Friday. Students who take Waka Hourua cannot do the Police course or EIT in the same year.

Entry Requirements: By application
Leads to: Level 3 Waka Hourua course
Teacher in Charge: Mrs B Averill (Whaea B)

Te Reo Māori

The course emphasises the use and understanding of spoken and written Māori as a language of teaching, communication, interaction and reading comprehension.

Topics covered will include:

  • Rapu mahi (working and looking for work)
  • Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Nga korero popoto (short stories)

Students will be working on a series of portfolios for all their internal assessments.

This will mean they are collecting evidence of speaking and writing throughout the year. Collecting evidence over time reflects good assessment practice. It allows both teachers and students to see development in knowledge and of skills across a range of learning contexts. Evidence may come from a formal or informal setting. For example, two students could be discussing their weekend in Te Reo informally. This could be filmed and recorded as evidence. 

Students on this course will also take an external exam.

Entry Requirements: Studied Te Reo Māori at Year 12 OR Be a native speaker OR Kōrero ki te kaiako
Leads to: Scholarship and tertiary study in Te Reo Māori, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tourism, Community Health, Law, Teaching, Medicine, Nursing, Politics, Diplomat
Teacher in Charge: Whāea Mā (Marlene Wilkinson)

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Waka Hourua

This course is for those interested in learning about waka using traditional and contemporary Māori and Pacific kaupapa.

The range of projects you will work on include:

  • Waka voyaging 
  • Waka Tikanga 
  • Waka navigation 
  • Māori Tourism 
  • NZ Coastguard VHF radio certificate
  • Financial Literacy 

This course will run on a Friday. Students who take Waka Hourua cannot do the Police course or EIT in the same year.

Entry Requirements: By application
Leads to: Courses/Careers: Tourism, Environmental Issues, Navy, Fishing, Health and Safety, Outdoor Education and the Marine Industry
Teacher in Charge: Mrs B Averill (Whaea B)

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