Te Aka Matua is a whanau-based programme which encourages the caring and sharing values and teachings of our tīpuna, ancestors. We aspire to:
- support and promote Māori academic achievement
- provide holistic learning opportunities for all students in a supportive environment
- provide Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori experiences for students, staff and parents
Staff involved in Te Aka Matua acknowledge Te Kawa o Ngāti Awa (Mataatua protocol). In addition to the school’s values, we promote the concepts and values inherent in
- whanaungatanga – fostering relationships
- manaakitanga – support and respect for each other
- taha wairua – spirituality
Te Aka Matua endeavours to prepare students to participate confidently in both worlds, Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Whānui. Academic achievement is valued and esteemed within a cultural context that validates what has been passed on by our tīpuna. This programme is dependent on support from our whānau and we welcome and encourage parental involvement. The retention and achievement of Māori students through to the senior school and on to tertiary education is a high priority.
For all Te Aka Matua classes we endeavour to target students who want to be high achievers and acquire good, consistent work habits. The study of Te Reo Maori is compulsory. Students must take two modules of Te Reo in year 9 and at least one module in year 10.
Parent support is paramount in helping our students fulfil their aspirations. Being part of Te Aka Matua is a privilege and therefore is something that is acquired and maintained largely through merit and commitment.
Students apply for entry to Te Aka Matua on enrolment.