2015 has been a year focussed on continuing the development of Te Kāpehu Whetū across the three pou of Kia Māori, Kia Mātau and Kia Tū Rangatira ai. Year two has seen an increase in ākonga, pouako and facilities all aimed at continuing to move towards an education environment that will produce competent, capable and confident Ngā Puhi graduates.
Our drive is to have a Kura where striving for excellence is the norm regardless of whether it is cultural, academic or sporting.
We aim to develop graduates who have key attributes centred on a good work ethic, resilience, humility and self-responsibility. Above all else they will be confident as Māori and have been given opportunities to understand what this means to them.
Over the past 24 months I have seen the ākonga and our Kura make good progress towards achieving these goals.
A Kura is a community and everyone plays their part in ensuring that the ākonga are given the best possible chance of success. Therefore, I would like to thank all of the staff that have contributed to this year. Without their combined support and hard work the many achievements and successes would not have been possible.
I would also like to acknowledge the ākonga who have pushed and demanded more of themselves as they seek to position themselves as future leaders and global citizens.
Learning and personal development is a lifelong journey and it is a constant challenge to continue to approach life with the passion, vigour and discipline required to turn dreams into reality. Finally, 2016 will see our roll double.
The temptation is to leap in order to meet our contractual obligations, as well as meet the demand being witnessed by a burgeoning waiting list. It would be irresponsible for us to take such dramatic steps. We are part of a new movement that is redefining future educational options and we don’t have the deep history our counterparts have in the educational sector.
We are part of a new movement that is redefining future educational options and we don’t have the deep history our counterparts have in the educational sector.
We’ll continue to take incremental steps mindful that partnership schools such as ours are under the microscope, but not being afraid to be bold when we have to in order to tackle the appalling statistics that have dogged our people for so long.
Chief Executive Officer
He Puna Marama Trust (sponsor).