Te Whānau Awahou o Te Uru Karaka is also based on kaupapa Māori principles, practices and pedagogy and operates a Level 2 Maori medium programme, which means 51 – 80% of the curriculum is taught in te reo Māori in Years 1 – 2, and a Level 1 Maori medium programme, which means 81 – 100% is taught in te reo Māori in Years 3 – 6.
Each year level has an unique name pertaining to surrounding waterways:
Year 0 – Te Wai a Te Ao
Year 1 – Te Wai ōrea
Year 2 – Waikuta
Year 3 – Waihorotiu
Year 4 – Waipāruru
Year 5 – Waikōhanga
Year 6 – Te Wai Inuroa a Raka
Meet the Awahou Team
Te Whānau Awahou o Te Uru Karaka
Curriculum / Team Leader: Wiremu Turner
Strategic Development / Community Liaison: TBC
Years 0 – 2, Te Aka Pūkaea: Des McCauley
Special Programme Enrolment Entry Criteria
Entry criteria is determined by a tono process, in which an interview takes place between the parents, staff and whānau representatives. Decision on entry will be based on:
- Whilst the level of reo your child currently has will not determine entry into the programme for younger children, there must be acceptance that Awahou is a Māori medium pathway.
- Acceptance that acquisition of reo Māori is a priority and there must be a commitment from the applicant’s whānau to use te reo at home.
- At least one member of the whānau living with the child learning reo Māori or have some fluency in reo.
- A commitment from parents to take an active role in their child’s education throughout their child’s attendance at school by contributing to the unique nature of the special programme. This will involve regular attendance at whānau hui and community initiated activities.
Please note that a high level of fluency in te reo Māori, as assessed by kaiako through oral interaction with children is required for entry into this programme for years 2 – 6 as there is increased immersion in the classroom across these years.