Bilin­gual name change for school

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

Do­min­ion Road School has recog­nised di­ver­sity with a name change.

On Novem­ber 9, the Mt Roskill school had a cer­e­mony to bless new sig­nage bear­ing the new name ‘Do­min­ion Road School He Maunga Teitei’.

The name was gifted to the school af­ter con­sult­ing with Ta­iaha Hawke, a kau­matua and pou taki (cul­tural ad­viser) from Auck­land’s Nga¯ti Wha¯tua Ora¯kei Trust.

It trans­lates to ‘a lofty moun­tain’ which is re­flec­tive of the fact the school is in plain view of three moun­tains.

Prin­ci­pal Mar­ian Caulfield says the change is about the school be­ing a mul­ti­cul­tural rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Mt Roskill com­mu­nity.

‘‘Stu­dents and staff speak a num­ber of lan­guages, and as such we feel it is im­por­tant to recog­nise and cel­e­brate our iden­tity as New Zealan­ders,’’ Caulfield says.

‘‘Te reo is an of­fi­cial lan­guage of New Zealand. We all learn a ba­sic level of te reo and as part of our school culture we feel it is im­por­tant to em­brace a bilin­gual name.’’ The ad­di­tion to the name came about af­ter Caulfield and the board of trus­tees dis­cussed the im­por­tance of their part­ner­ship with the Treaty of Wai­tangi.

Chil­dren, par­ents, staff and board of trustee mem­bers gath­ered to mark the oc­ca­sion in a spe­cial as­sem­bly.

The new name has been un­veiled as Do­min­ion Road School He Maunga Teitei.

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