“Working together to grow our Learners and Community”
Our Kāhui Ako schools will work together in a collaborative way with students, parents, whānau and community to achieve the achievement goals.
We will achieve this by working together on four important goals:
- Grow hāuora amongst our learners, whānau and staff
- Develop and nurture effective relationships and partnerships with our community
- Foster equitable learning opportunities and outcomes for all learners
- Ensure sustainable Kāhui Ako infrastructure and systems are in place and are effective
Our relationships and partnerships with the students and community that we serve.
Collaboration; our commitment to work together towards common goals that we have established together.
Together we can achieve things that we cannot achieve alone.
The Māori name “Waiuku” comes from a legend that two prominent brothers, Tamakae and Tamakou, vied for the hand of a beautiful high-ranking Waikato chieftainess. Tamakae washed in the wai (water) and uku (a white mud) of the stream that flows into the Manukau Harbour, before he met her. Tamakae won her heart and married her. From then the place was named Waiuku.
The local Iwi of Waiuku or Mana Whenua of Waiuku is Te Iwi o Ngati Te Ata Waiohua. A striking statue of Tamakae stands in the township, carved from swamp kauri logs found during some excavation work at New Zealand Steel and gifted to the local iwi, Ngati Te Ata.
Waiuku came into existence as a port in about 1843, and an important trade route between Auckland and the agricultural area of the Waikato. Waiuku later grew as a farming centre and from 1914, it has been a town district of Franklin with now approximately 8,000 people.
A major development for the town was New Zealand’s first steel plant at Glenbrook to convert iron sand brought from the black sand deposits at Waikato Heads into steel. The company continues to be a major employer in and influence on the town.
The ethnic makeup of Waiuku is 62.6% European; 26.4% Māori, 4.4% Asian, 3.8% Pasifika and 2.1 other ethnicities.
English is the most commonly spoken language in Waiuku, spoken by virtually the entire population.
Waiuku Kāhui Ako
The group of schools that comprise the Waiuku Kāhui Ako is centred on Waiuku with all schools being within close proximity. These schools have similar demographic characteristics which reflect their local communities.
Schools in the Waiuku Community of Learning have a significant Māori roll (21%) when compared to the national average (15%) and a smaller than the national average Pasifika roll (6%) when compared with the national average (20%).
A high number of children entering primary school have participated in early childhood education, 95.5% of Māori students, 91.4% of Pasifika students and 95.6% European/Pakeha students.
Waiuku Kāhui Ako term 1 2021 Panui
‘Working together to grow our learners and community’
Our Kāhui Ako schools are working together in a collaborative way with students, parents, whānau and community to accomplish our achievement goals. We are seeing the Kāhui Ako goals being weaved into school charters and strategic plans.
We achieve this by working together on three important areas:
Grow hauora amongst our learners, whānau and staff
Develop and nurture effective relationships and partnerships with our community
Foster equitable learning opportunities and outcomes for all learners
Emma Heaford (Waipipi Primary)
Dianna Cotter (Pukeoware Primary)
Kirsty Couper (Waiuku College)
Todd Malcolm (Waiuku College)
|Term 1 In-Focus Professional Development opportunity ‘Classroom Strategies to Support Students’ Emotional Regulation’ facilitated by Anna and Carmel from RTLB Building relationships with each other and sharing our Learner Agency journeysECE and NE teachers connecting, Term 1 meeting for ECE and NE ‘Reconnect & Refresh’, collaborating to identify our next priority mahi to strengthen transition to schoolApplication made to Ministry for a ‘Teaching Gifted Learners Scholarship’ for our Waiuku Kāhui Ako|
|Learner AgencyEquitable Learning Outcomes||Term 1 preparation for Teacher Only DayWorking with Sandspit Road School and Awhitu School to share their Learner Agency Journey and discuss future plans and use of Kāhui Ako resourcesPlanning upcoming In Focus workshopsSpecial education PLD – ASD, Mind over Manner, Classroom Strategies to Support Students’ Emotional Regulation, Learner AgencyTransition to school social storiesSession on Te Rito and the standardised learning support registerWorkstream – Year 8-9 transitions|
|Local Stories||Term 1 focus: Relationship building and kōrero with Ngāti Te Ata ‘Our pūrākau’ – collaboration with Iwi and schools to create opportunities for teachers and students to learn and share our local storiesMahi started on ‘Pūtāiao festival 2021’ – developing science capabilities and kaitiakitanga with a local contextCollaboration with Enviro schools to deliver PLD and student leadership opportunities around environmental sustainability|
|MOE Funding||URF Our pūrākau application successful – funding for developing resources/opportunities to share local storiesURF Counselling application successful ($4000 per school) PLD hours finished for learner agency (new application submitted for terms 3-4 PLD application Better Start Literacy Approach|
|Within School Teacher Days||Wednesday, 19 May 2021 – 9.30am, Aka Aka SchoolThursday, 24 June 2021||Learner Agency – Voice and ChoiceLearner Agency – Awareness and Purpose|
|In focus PLD||Saturday, 22 May 2021 – 10am – 1pm, Waiuku Civic Centre||Culturally appropriate transition from ECE to School / whānau engagement – with Te Koopu|
|Thursday, 27 May 2021 – 3.30pm, Waiuku College||Local Stories with Matua George Flavell and Selwyn Herewini|
|June (Date to be confirmed)||Harekeke Workshop – Led by Enviroschools|
|Thursday, 24 June 2021 – 3.30pm, Waiuku College||Brains and Behaviours – Balance Chiropractic|
|Saturday, 22 May 2021 – 10am – 1pm, Waiuku Civic Centre||Culturally appropriate transition from ECE to School / whānau engagement – with Te Koopu|
|Thursday, 8 July 2021 – 5pm – 6pm, George Street Kindy||ECE/NE Network Meeting|