Whakanuia te reo me ngā tikanga kia ora. At Blenheim School, te reo Māori and Māori tikanga is an integral part of our classroom teaching.
Te Reo Māori:
All learners receive weekly lessons in te reo Māori (language) and tikanga Māori (customs and values). Through this, Māori students strengthen their identity and non-Māori students journey towards enhanced cultural understanding.
Kapa Haka (Māori Performing Arts):
The whole school enthusiastically participates weekly to learn Māori waiata, poi and haka. Kapa haka encourages whanaungatanga, confidence, leadership, discipline and well-being, which reinforce our school values. We hold kapa haka performances throughout the year at events, school concerts, Daffodil Day and the Taiopenga cultural festival.
Tuakana Teina (Peer to Peer Learning):
Our senior learners regularly buddy up with our younger learners for activities such as reading and fitness.
Hononga ki ngā Marae:
Each year our learners visit/stay at Te Hora marae or Omaka marae — excellent opportunities to learn about Māori traditions and culture.
Celebrating the Māori New Year.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori:
Celebrating Māori language week.
Physical activity, fitness, fair play and competing ethically are all important outcomes from every student's participation in sporting activity. Student well-being (hauora) is a strong focus at Blenheim School. We provide opportunities for all aspects of hauora:
Taha Tinana — Physical well-being
Taha Wairua— Spiritual well-being
Taha Hinengaro — Mental & emotional well-being
Taha Whanau — Social well-being
Taha Tinana — Physical Health
In 2014 we had no sports teams. By 2019, we had 20 teams involving students from New Entrants to Year 6. Sport has enabled:
Staff to engage with students in a different environment.
Students to experience success outside of the classroom.
Staff to make connections with whānau through conversations on the sidelines.
Parents to be involved in the school via coaching and managing sports teams.
Promoting the well-being of students and whānau.
View Blenheim School's PE/Sports report here.