Cultural Responsiveness

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At Roseneath School we strive to honour the Treaty and we recognise the unique place of te Tiriti o Waitangi in New Zealand law. We have a Board that that is accountable for the performance of our school, and committed to being culturally responsive. The Treaty of Waitangi is oneof eight principles inThe New Zealand Curriculum that provide a foundation for our school’s decision making. This principle places students at the centre of teaching and learning, asserting that they should experience a curriculum that engages and challenges them, is forward-looking and inclusive, and affirms New Zealand’s unique identity. Partnership, Participation and Protection are derived from the underlying tenets of the Treaty of Waitangi.



At Roseneath we

  • Actively build learning-focused partnerships with families, and strive to create opportunities for families to participate in their childrens’ learning, including whānau sharing their aspirations for their children.
  • Learn and celebrate key events in Te Ao Māori, including Matariki, and we include stories, waiata and activities that promote and celebrate te Ao Māori in our classroom programmes.
  • Celebrate our school’s unique location, and use place- based inquiry learning to find out about the origins and history of our maunga, moana, and rōhe. We have a school pepeha which we use to introduce our school to visitors.
  • Welcome the knowledge of others, and seek to build relationships with local iwi and tangata whenua



At Roseneath we

  • Understand and adhere to our Roseneath School protocol/tikanga, and promote this gently.
  • Value te reo me ngā tikanga Māori as part of our everyday learning experience and strive to develop our knowledge of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori at all levels of the school (Board, community, staff and students).
  • Show respect to Te Ao Maori, for example by standing proudly when reciting our pepeha and karakia and when performing waiata, developing our kapa haka skills, and striving to pronounce te reo Māori correctly
  • Participate in the powhiri process as tangata whenua or manuhiri
  • Hold mihi whakatau (a welcome ceremony) for new students, teachers, families twice a year.
  • Weave the concept of Ako throughout our school curriculum through a variety of structures and experiences, such as Tuakana-Teina, Houses, families as experts, and reciprocal learning opportunities.



At Roseneath we

  • Encourage all of our learners to share their learning in different ways, and encourage our community to participate in and celebrate our learning.
  • Have high expectations for the learning progress and achievement of all of our students, including our Maori students, Pasifika students, and students from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Focus on knowing our learners and celebrating their unique cultural identity, language and culture
  • Encourage families and whanau to share their aspirations for their children. Our whānau rōpu contributes to school decision making and forward planning
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