Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou,
Greetings to all. I hope that this blog post finds you well. As mentioned in our last entry, the Stanhope Board of Trustees has been looking into our cultural responsiveness to our Maori community as a school. As a result of the Hautū document we've been given, we believe that we are in the early development stage of this capability, and our first decision was to hold a Māori whanau hui to find out what our families think of us.
I'm pleased to say that we held a hui last week, and were blessed to have Matua Blackie and other representatives from Ruapotaka marae present.
We have planned for this to be the first hui of many, and hopefully we will be able to hold one per term.
Our Kapa Haka is growing in strength again, and we are excited about the building of our Māori curriculum in 2016.
See you at Whanau Fun Night!