Ka Hikitia is a programme for Maori students that focuses on the following areas:
- The Treaty of Waitangi - ensuring Maori enjoy and achieve educational success as Maori.
- Maori potential approach - every Maori has the potential to make a valuable social, cultural and economic contribution to their whanau, their community and New Zealand as a whole.
- Ako - the two way teaching process. The educator and student learn from each other.
- Identity, language and culture count - Maori students are more likely to achieve when they see themselves and their experiences and knowledge reflected in teaching and learning.
- Productive partnerships - everybody contributes to achieve the goals. Parents should be involved in conversations about their child and their learning.
Goals of the Programme
There are over 100 Maori students at RI. The goals of the Ka Hikitia programme are to:
- Provide opportunities to increase Te Reo Maori in their everyday language
- Support students as they work to discover their iwi links
- Guide students towards becoming leaders in our School
Joining Ka Hikitia
Year 8 students are invited to join the programme which runs every Friday afternoon between 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Although the programme is primarily aimed at Maori students, Pasifika and other students are also welcome to apply.
Maori Language Week
Half way through the year, Ka Hikitia participants join with some Year 7 students to assist with organising and running Maori Language Week throughout the school. Games and activities are set up in the classes during the week to encourage a widening of Te Reo on a daily basis.