Our school Whānau group was established in 2017 to provide an opportunity for our Māori and Pasifika students to connect with each other and have a collective voice within the school. The Year 5 and 6 ākonga (students) lead the direction of the group. There is a focus on learning te reo (the language) and disseminating this within the school and community.
Māori and Pasifika ākonga at Churton Park School have a sense of pride in their culture and language. This is celebrated in their classroom where they are encouraged to share this with others. Te reo Māori is heard throughout our classrooms and the playground. Our Pasifika students are a small group but they too are establishing their presence within the school, and ready to share their language and culture with us.