classroom teachers have made the biggest impact on student progress. They then look into what are
the common practices these teachers share and use this to develop an observation. This research is
shared with all Manaiakalani Schools in a ‘Making Sense’ session. We bring this information back into
our schools and use it to strengthen teacher practice. Observations take place and this also provides
information on what we can do better. It is really exciting as it is authentic data that we can use to
improve our learning environments for our students. We use the Maniakalani learning process of Learn
Create and Share. Students Learn about ‘something’, then they use this information to Create (digital or
non digital) a resource/ tool to share this new information.Our students at the senior end of the school
blog their work to share with others. Maniakalani offers professional development opportunities, once a
term. There are online learning courses that cover a whole range of digital tools that can be used in the
classroom the next day. They also offer a nine day digital fluency intensive that ends with an exam to
become Google Certified. Top quality opportunities that Maniakalani offer our school. We are really
lucky to be part of this initiative. This is how we can offer students Year 4 and above the opportunity to
purchase a chromebook through our local Te Hiku Trust. Next term we have the Manaiakalani Film
Festival where we compete across all the NZ Manaiakalani schools where LEARN CREATE SHARE
hits our screens.
Mangonui School is also part of the Te Kahui Tai Kura o Te Hiku. This is a large cluster of Far North
Schools that are working together on two work streams - Tu Tangata Ora (Health and Well-Being) and
Tu Tangata Marama (Providing quality learning experiences that are rich in culture). These sound really
broad objectives but we are working on narrowing them down so that they fit into our context. Tu
Tangata Ora - A big part of this is developing relationships with all our stakeholders. As a result we want
to get a better understanding of iwi perspectives and aspirations for their tamariki. We are lucky to be in
the rohe of Ngati Kahu and have amazing people who have offered to support us on this journey. We
are hoping to learn about the history of our rohe, the stories, traditions, legends, whakatauki etc and
build the identity of our students through the attainment of this knowledge as we work on this indicator.
Feeling connected, knowing who you are and where you come from is one area we have worked on for
many years at Mangonui School. Our other goal Tu Tangata Marama is going to start with the Treaty of
Waitangi and getting a better understanding from a Ngati Kahu perspective. So much of what we do in
education rightly refers to the Treaty and the commitment to being a partner. We need to ensure we
have this understanding right from the start so we can be partners.
Now the job starts to develop a Strategic Plan that includes Manaiakalani, Te Kahui Tai Kura o Te Hiku,
our own vision actions based ‘Nga Rangatira Mo Apopo’ - Leaders of Tomorrow and 2 key Ministry of
Education documents Ka Hikitia and ‘National Education and Learning Priorities PLUS School Whanau
voice. This is a great challenge!
Broady Masters is the ‘MASTER’ of setting traps. He takes out the rats that are caught, re-baits, and
resets in the blink of an eye. Brody understands the importance of trapping and looking after the bush.
He was awarded the Kaitiaki of Papatuanuku. Thanks Brody appreciate your support on the trapping