Ngā Matapakinga | Discussion

    Anne-Louise Robertson
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    23 August
    Public discussion Created by Anne-Louise Robertson

    Kia ora

    Do people consider that schools are a microcosm of NZ society? And if they are, do they reflect what is modelled in society?  I was formally welcomed to this country, as a citizen along with 131 other new New Zealanders, a couple of weeks ago. This is my reflection of the ceremony.

    Listening to what Janelle had to say about what schools look, sound and feel like from the lens of a Māori parent it made me wonder about what a typical NZ street/town looks, sounds and feels like. What do we see, hear and feel?  In most places there doesn't seem to be an equal presence of Māori and European/English. Lip service is often paid to protocol and tikanga as in my citizenship ceremony and leaders of this country struggle to be truly culturally responsive.  So, in many ways, I think schools do reflect what is modelled in society. My wondering is what the role of schools is in shifting thinking about what partnership means and how do we support principals, BoT, teachers and the community in that role?  

    I look forward to the conversation.

    Ngā mihi

     

    Thank you for sharing your story Anne - a real wero (challenge) for us all to think about in our mahi. I'd be interested to hear how mainstream schools are making shifts to show cultural partnerships in everyday ways of working. I'll put out a call on Twitter and see what comes back to us here in this kōrero too. smiley

    - By Tessa Gray
      • Tessa Gray
        By Tessa Gray
        Aug 28

        Thank you for sharing your story Anne - a real wero (challenge) for us all to think about in our mahi. I'd be interested to hear how mainstream schools are making shifts to show cultural partnerships in everyday ways of working. I'll put out a call on Twitter and see what comes back to us here in this kōrero too. smiley

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