Im­prove­ment strat­egy helps Rangikura pupils

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BREE HON­ORES

A pro­gramme aimed at im­prov­ing Maori and Poly­ne­sian pupils’ ed­u­ca­tion at a Porirua school is prov­ing suc­cess­ful.

The Ta­maiti Mua pro­gramme was cre­ated by Rangikura School in As­cot Park.

Prin­ci­pal Ed­die Uluile­lata said it fo­cused on im­prov­ing the re­la­tion­ships be­tween teach­ers, stu­dents, par­ents and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We were no bet­ter or no worse than any other school. We just thought we could do bet­ter, and needed to do bet­ter to raise our pupils’ achieve­ments,’’ Uluile­lata said.

He said the pro­gramme cen­tred on the idea that the in­volve­ment of par­ents in their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion would im­prove their grades.

‘‘ It’s the en­gage­ment we need now. That’s the key. We need to change that in­volve­ment into en­gage­ment.’’

The first stage of Ta­maiti Mua re­volves around par­ents and what pre­vents them from be­ing in­volved.

‘‘Back at day one, it was just about us need­ing our par­ents and our com­mu­nity to help.

‘‘We’re do­ing as much as we can and maybe a bit more than ex­pected, but we need more par­ents on board.’’

Since the pro­gramme be­gan, there has been a rise in Poly­ne­sian achieve­ment, with Maori grades lag­ging only slightly be­hind.

‘‘ All around the coun­try Maori and Pasi­fika re­sults are not so good, and our Pasi­fika re­sults haven’t gone through the roof, but they’re up there now with our whole school re­sults. Maori data has im­proved, but not as much.’’

Step two opens up the school and makes it as wel­com­ing as pos­si­ble.

Uluile­lata said he had high ex­pec­ta­tions of his staff, and that not all teach­ers had

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wel­comed the pro­gramme.

‘‘We’ve had staff re­alise that they prob­a­bly don’t fit here.

‘‘ Our waka is go­ing this way, and we’re all pad­dling this way, but if you’re pad­dling some other way – we’re gonna throw you off the boat. No we’re not – we’re go­ing to get you to go some­where else.’’

Photo:

Rangikura School prin­ci­pal Ed­die Uluile­lata is pleased with re­sults from the new school pro­gramme.

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