Nau mai ki Te reo Māori - Welcome to Māori Studies
In Years 7 and 8, learning Te reo Māori at Kavanagh College is a compulsory subject. At Years 9 and 10, this subject is an option choice. The focus of our junior programmes is speaking the language. Reciting ngā karakia (prayers), mihimihi, singing ngā waiata (songs) and performing the school haka are important components too. Students also discover Tikanga Māori - Māori culture, tradition and customs. Participating in wānanga (learning experiences) are a feature of all junior prorammes. These include marae visits (day and overnight stays) to a week long camp in a national park. The location for the 2017 Year 10 wānanga is Pātea/Doubtful Sound. Science and education outside the classroom (EOTC) are curriculum learning areas that are woven through our junior programmes. Year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on science wānanga run by the University of Otago and New Zealand Marine Studies centre. By the end of all junior programmes, the aim is for students to feel comfortable in a Māori environment, to be speaking confidently at their respective level and for students to have a deeper understanding of Tikanga Māori.
Learning Te reo Māori at NCEA Levels 1-3 at our college is offered as an online course through Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu - The Correspondence School. Students are supported by a tutor at Kavanagh College. Years 11-13 students have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on science wānanga run by the University of Otago and New Zealand Marine Studies centre.