Ki te Ao Mārama – Opening to the light.
Events and Opportunities for Māori Gifted Learners.
Whāia te māramatanga / Seek illumination.
Twelve ākonga from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Otepou, Tauranga Intermediate School and Mt Maunganui Intermediate School took part in the Events and Opportunities for Gifted Māori Learners programme this year.
The programme, which ended this month, was a two-year partnership between the Ministry of Education, Ngā Pōtiki and Reach Education. It was coordinated by Kathryn Bluett-Atvars and Dr Rosemary Cathcart.
The 12 ākonga who participated this year undertook an inquiry project related to navigation and migration and sought to answer the questions: How did our tīpuna get here? And how did we live here when we got here?
As part of the project, the students researched their own whakapapa and waka and shared their findings through impressive multimedia presentations.
Kathryn and Rosemary would like to say a special thank you to Ngakohu Papuni, Jack and Aurere Thatcher, and Tamahau Tangitu for all their help and support with the programme.
“We would also like to thank the three schools, the teachers involved, the ākonga and their parents,” Kathryn said.
“The level of inquiry this year was incredible and the presentations were modern and engaging. We look forward to sharing more photos, a short video and outcomes from the programme, with our Ngā Pōtiki whānau, as well as the schools and communities involved, in more detail in 2021.”