The Tū Tangata rōpū has been introduced as a Form Class replacing the existing Whanau Class. Many hours of hui and planning took place before the implementation of the Tū Tangata programme in Term 3 of 2015.
The Tū Tangata programme is designed to develop and foster students so they can aspire to the highest levels of success. The programme will operate in a whānau centred rōpū where academic and personal excellence is concurrently achieved.
Activities will aim to nurture students through Māori values and behaviours to enhance their knowledge in Māori Tikanga. Students will be required to meet attendance and effort criteria to remain in the programme. This is to include demonstrating commitment to academic and personal excellence, represent the school in curricular and cocurricular activities, aspire for leadership roles within the school and embrace and practise Māori Tikanga/Kaupapa.
The Kaiwhakahaere/Director of the rōpū is Mr Grant Simpkins and Kaiako Form Teachers – HOD Maori Tehani Buchanan, Mr Matt Cade and Mrs Alison Jenkins. Tū Tangata Board Representative –Sheryl Jones, and School Representative – Mary Pottinger, also support the rōpū. Programmes within the Tū Tangata rōpū include: Wharemahi-Homework Club every Monday lunchtime and Wednesday afterschool. Wednesday morning before school activities, including Māori Tikanga, Guest Speakers and Physical Activity. Noho Marae, once a term, living and relating to Māori Tikanga, and improving teamwork, and morale.
Tū Tangata Workshops throughout the year will include Leadership development, time management/study habits and career opportunities. There are currently 41 students involved in the programme and it’s hoped to expand this number in 2016. Any enquires on the programme please contact Grant Simpkins