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Te Puaaaitanga (The Whaanau Form Class) is an educational initiative set up to inspire students to strive for academic excellence while encouraging them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.
As part of Morrinsville College policy every student must be a member of a learning Hub. These Learning Hubs operate for 10 minutes at the beginning of Monday and Friday and a 1 hour coaching session on a Wednesday. Te Puaawaitanga is one of the Learning Hubs available at Morrinsville College.
Te Kaupapa o
OUR GUIDING PHILOSOPHY
"He aha te mea nui o te Ao,
Ka kii atu ki a koe,
He tangata, He tangata, He tangata"
"What is the most important thing in the world,
I say to you,
It is people, It is people, It is people."
Te Kaupapa o Te Puaawaitanga
Encompassed in the proverb that shapes our kaupapa in Te Puaawaitanga are the key Maaori values of Manaakitanga and Whanaungatanga. Manaakitanga is a broad Maaori concept which encompasses the nurturing of our students so that they can realise their dreams and fulfil their potential.
Whanaungatanga is the Maori concept of Family. It represents the strong ties, respect, and relationship needed between a school and its whanau in order to create a culturally enriching learning environment for our tamariki.
In Te Puaawaitanga this is the type of environment we are trying to create and foster - a home away from home, where students feel safe and culturally valued and a place where our students can hold their heads up high and be proud of who they are and where they come from.
Most HUB classes have only one Learning Coach but with Te Puaawaitanga there are five Whaanau Form Learning Coaches, as well as Matua Potaka who oversees the running of Te Puawaitanga.