Bilingual name change for school
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.