Ridgway Whānau Group Kaupapa
The Whānau Group is made up of parents, caregivers and staff who are interested in
growing tikanga Māori and te reo Māori at our school. The group’s kaupapa is to
support Ridgway’s growth as an inclusive school and provide ideas and practical
ways for all students to strengthen their knowledge of and pride in tikanga Māori
and te reo Māori. We also aim to empower Māori students to be confident in their
culture and to be leaders in sharing it with the wider school community.
The Whānau Group aims to be a link between students and families and the staff
and board so that as a community we honour our commitment to Te Tiriti o
Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi). We are guided by Ridgway’s core values,
especially respect for the diversity of our school community and responsibility to
learn about and take pride in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.
Supported by the Whānau Group along with staff, kapa haka is now in its third year
and is so popular with students that the juniors and seniors are now in separate
Matariki is a very special festival celebrated at Ridgway since 2015.
Organised by the Whānau Group, the school community enjoys karakia, kapa haka
and kai to celebrate Matariki. The Whānau Group has also led harakeke-weaving and
poi-making workshops, as well as rēwena making. Pōwhiri are now part of school life
to welcome new students and their families, as well as visitors to the school. Current
aims include waiata workshops for parents and tamariki, noho marae, and activities
during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).
The Whānau Group meets at least one evening a term, more often to plan and
prepare for a special event such as Matariki or the Ridgway Gala. All parents and
caregivers are very welcome to join the group or lend a hand. Contact Jo Pohatu or
Kamaea Tukaki via the school office to find out more.