“I am one of the lucky generation of Pasifika New Zealanders who learned to walk in two worlds. I’m confident and successful as a Samoan and as a Kiwi – and that’s what I want for the students I teach.”
“The relationship between the teacher and the student is one thing, but it’s so much richer when the community is backing that student as well,” says Eryn Street, a teacher at Papakowhai School in Porirua.
For Amie Roberts, a New Entrants/Year 1 teacher at Owhiro Bay School in Wellington, community means that teachers, parents and families are all working together to support the child in a holistic way, be it social, emotional, developmental or academic. “We’re a team,” she says.
For nearly a decade, Kapanui School in Waikanae has been using kapa haka as a way of building community in and around the school – and the benefits have been extraordinary for both Māori and non-Māori students.
Collins is a teacher at Corinna School in Porirua. She is passionate about inclusive teaching and learning practices., and is a practitioner of the Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC) pedagogy.