Cultural Responsiveness

Kāhui Ako translates to ‘collaborate work’, with the essence of our vision being that we can all learn and grow together, with common goals to uplift our tamariki.

Te Hū o Kākāpōtahi

You may notice we have a Māori name. This was gifted to us from Te Taumutu. Te Hū o Kākāpōtahi. It means - the sound of Malvern. Kākāpōtahi is the name for Malvern and you may see this name being used widely within our area. The sound may be the westerly winds echoing through the plains, or the sound of the wildlife of the area. This is of significance as Malvern historically was a place for hunting and gathering.

We have a close relationship with Te Taumutu (our local runanga); and Ngai Tahu - the iwi and tangata whenua of our area. With their support, we look within to examine our own cultural practices with an aim of enhancement, for the benefit of all students.

2019 saw the introduction of Te Reo Māori lessons which have been open to our whole community.

Matraiki was celebrated at the Darfield Community center. It was a successful evening where participants were treated to kapahaka performances by our local schools. We all sat down to a hangi kai together before partaking in the Māori activities on offer.