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Te wiki o te reo Maori

Nga mihi ki a koe,

Nau mai haere mai ki te wiki o te reo Maori.  He aha tatou me korero Maori?  Tuatahi: no te mea tou tatou.  Turarua: no te mea he mea pai.  Tuatoru: No te mea e iritihia to tatou feruriraa.  

Ko te reo te kokonga o te tuakiri.  Ka taea e te reo te korero, ngari e whakaatu ana hoki ko wai tatou.  He iwi tatou no Aotearoa.  He takirua taatou, Maori me Pakeha.  Ia tatou e tahoê nei, e mea puai tatou, no reira kia whakatohia e tatou nga huarahi katoa hei whakakotahi.  Ka taea e te reo te wehe ia tatou, ranei ka taea e tatou te huihui tahi.  Koia ahau ka tohe ki a koe kia whakamatau i te reo Maori.  

Ne, tuawha: he mea ngahau!

Talk to your child about Maori language week - some good learning is happening throughout the school.  And on that subject, here is a little conversation overheard between two five year olds yesterday as they walked past the Wakefield hotel on their way to visit the Wakefield Pre-school.

“What’s that old building?”

“It’s a cafe”

“No it’s a restaurant.”

“Well, ‘restaurant’ is Maori for cafe.”

He wiki hui!  No reira, tena koutou katoa.

Welcome to Maori language week.  Why should we speak Maori?  Firstly, it is ours.  Secondly, it is interesting.  Thirdly, it opens our minds.

Language is the cornerstone of identity.  Language allows us to communicate, but it also tells us who we are.  We are New Zealanders, we have a shared heritage.  When we unite we are stronger, so we should cultivate every way in which to unite.  Language can separate us, or it can bring us together.  So I urge you to try te reo Maori.

Oh, fourthly, it is fun!  Have a great week.


Peter Verstappen


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Here’s What We Mean by ‘Student-Led Learning’


Jordan, who is six years old, was recently appointed to our Student Council as a representative of Matai Kereru team.  Last week our Council meeting clashed with scooter training for Jordan.  He came to the office to tell me but I was out, so what did Jordan do?  He wrote me this letter:



To mistir vstn

Sore I cant go to the

Shooht cousool

Becose I

Got scooti

Chraning at



from Jordan.


I love this letter, for two reasons.  First, it is a beautiful expression of a child learning to write; look at how he has made sense of the words ‘student council’, you can hear Jordan picking out the sounds in his mind. 


Second, it is a beautiful expression of student-led learning.  You might ask, ‘what’s he learning?’ but consider this.  Here’s Jordan, 6, as a thinker: he knows he has an obligation to the Student Council, he sees he cannot fulfil it, he comes to tell me, that doesn’t work, he decides he needs to write to me so he creates this letter and brings it to the office.  This is even more impressive because Jordan doesn’t know much about the Student Council yet, he’s only attended one meeting, but he knows he has some sort of obligation to it.  Here’s Jordan as a communicator: if he can’t tell me in person, he’ll slave over this letter to get the message to me.  Here’s Jordan as a planner: he’s thinking ahead and balancing his commitments.  Okay, Jordan will have had some prompts from his teacher, but he’s taken up the challenge and look at what he’s achieved. 


I value the opportunities children have to be leaders at school through the Student Council, committees, monitors and other roles.  Their work in these roles contributes to the smooth running of the school, but as well as leading others they provide real occasions for children to lead themselves, to become masters of their own learning.  And that’s what a democratic curriculum looks like.


Have a good week,




Peter Verstappen 


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