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Māori and Pasifika achievement at secondary school

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Started by Karen Spencer 16 Apr 2013 12:18pm () Replies (2)

Great story here that was shared this morning on Radio NZ National, highlighting the absolute importance of learning being culturally grounded:

Dramatic Improvements for Maori and Pacific students

How an Auckland secondary school has made dramatic improvements in the achievement rates of its Maori and Pacific students. With Brian Evans - Principal of Kelston Boys High School in West Auckland, which has seen a marked improvement in the NCEA pass rates for its Maori and Pacific students, who make up three quarters of the school roll. Nathaniel Apa - year 13 student and member of the school's first 15. Joevini Leota - who is in year 12. (18′21″)

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Their story was also featured in the Ed Gazette last year: Engaging Pasifika parents contributes to strong results [Sept 2012]


  • Anaru White (View all users posts) 03 Jun 2013 4:47pm ()

    Kia ora Karen

    How did I not see this post earlier. Great to read about another suceess story in a school with a large Māori/Pasifika roll through engagment with students and their whānau. One initiative mentioned is taking advantage of events (sporting/culturally) that draw large crowds to engage with whānau. This is not a new concept, the key message here is Kelston has stengthened relationships at these events and the results show this (1st XV NCEA Pass Rate from 25% to 80% in two years). 

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