St Mary's College

Maori Students



St Mary’s College Hui Whanau

St Mary’s College holds regular hui with Māori parents to work together to improve the learning opportunities for our Māori students. We value the opportunity to engage with iwi, hapū, and Māori parents, families, and whānau to provide appropriate support, information, and advice. At the hui we aim to promote a welcoming, inclusive learning environment, where we discuss ideas such as how the school can better use appropriate, culturally responsive teaching practices, and to ensure that we provide access to te reo Māori in and through education as well as providing appropriate services for students and whānau.

St Mary’s College recognises that it is important for parents and teachers to work collaboratively to promote successful learning and education pathways, to ensure that Māori students excel and realise their cultural distinctiveness and potential, successfully participate in, and contribute to, te ao Māori, and gain the universal skills and knowledge needed to successfully participate in, and contribute to, Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

St Mary’s College aims to effectively support students, whānau, hapū, and iwi by improving learning pathways for Māori students, by focusing on achievement, improving our teaching and learning, increasing students confidence, promoting students sense of belonging, and encouraging Māori students to achieve as Māori.

A major focus of the hui is about how we can improve the way we work together as parents and teachers to promote Māori student achievement. St Mary’s College has a number of initiatives such as mentoring students, study-skills programmes, homework assistance and kapa haka which aim to promote Māori students’ self-esteem, well-being, and resilience. You are warmly invited to join us at our next hui where you may find that what (and how) your child learns at secondary school is quite different to when you were at school.

Mr Peter Sanders,
Assistant Principal