Background to Te Whānau o te Kākano
Te Whānau o te Kākano was set up in 1992 by Jenny Lee, as a bilingual unit for the junior year levels and a form class for the Y11 -13.
Since then the structure has changed and the kaupapa revised to allow input from the whānau and community.
Te Kaupapa o Te Whānau o te Kākano
Te Whānau o te Kākano provides a Māori pathway for students and their whānau in Northcote College to draw from the strength of their identity to achieve their academic potential.
It provides students with an opportunity to be in an environment that embraces all aspects of Tikanga and Te Reo Maori. It allows students to flourish within Te Ao Māori and also the wider school.
Celebrating and maintaining identity as Māori in Te Whānau o te Kākano, enhances the development to become confident, connected educated Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Enrolment into Te Whānau o te Kākano
Entry is by way of application, and is not automatic. It is assessed on an individual basis and the following entry criterion applies.
- The agreement and support of their parents and their commitment to helping their children to achieve by attending at least four whānau hui per year.
- Attend with a parent / caregiver, an entry interview with the Dean and Form Teacher.
- To work hard individually and as a group and be dedicated to achieving their true potential.
- A commitment to the kaupapa of the Whānau.
- A commitment to fostering Te Reo and Tikanga Maori.
- Be an active member in the Kapahaka group.
The Whanau Class aims:
- To encourage both individual and cultural pride amongst the students.
- To promote Te Reo Maori, Tikanga Maori within the Whānau class.
- To provide support for students in their wider subject areas.
- For students to value education and develop a sense of purpose and direction for the future.
- have support from parents, whānau and wider Maori community
- have support and feedback from staff who teach whānau students
- praise and acknowledge achievements and successes - large and small
Provide students with opportunities to be involved in:
- Marae noho
- Historical and cultural events
- The Whānau will provide a Turangawaewae that will nurture the students sense of belonging and self-esteem.