Recognising New Zealand’s Cultural Diversity

Halswell Primary School, as appropriate to its community, has developed and will continue to develop, procedures and practices that reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique position of Maori culture.

In recognizing the unique position of the Maori culture, Halswell Primary School takes all reasonable steps to provide instruction in Tikanga (Maori culture) and Te Reo Maori (Maori language). Maori Programmes are integrated across all core curriculum areas, along with cultural visits, consultation with the Maori community, and a school’s Kapa Haka Group. The Curriculum recognises the multi cultural nature of New Zealand society. We take the view that exposure to the culture and language of the Maori race can be enriching, rewarding and bring about understanding. We prefer to inject slices of culture naturally into subject areas across the curriculum in Social Studies, Maths, Physical Education, Reading and Science. Greetings and commands may be interspersed with the daily routine of school life but we do not have separate lessons in Maori Language. At Year 7 or 8, children will experience a two night/three day Marae visit to Taumutu (Lake Waihora/Ellesmere).

Junior and senior Kapa Haka groups receive weekly instruction. These popular and well attended groups are tutored by the head of Maori Studies from Hillmorton High.
Other Cultures

Halswell School may enroll students who do not have New Zealand citizenship. These students are required to pay fees as they do not generate staffing from Ministry of Education funding. The Ministry of Education requires compliance with The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Halswell School is a signatory of the Code, and as such it will ensure that each student has a safe and supportive environment in which to learn.

We welcome recent immigrants and Full Fee-Paying International Students. We recognise that our children, the new New Zealanders and the international visitors gain significant benefits from the inter-cultural experience. New arrivals enhance the learning environment by providing domestic students with the opportunity to meet and share experiences with students of other cultures. This helps foster international understanding of the New Zealand way of life and cultures in a safe and supportive environment. The benefits to the school community include providing additional staff and programmes that are available to all.

We have a strong community-based support network, our Global Team, who meet regularly and endeavour to provide appropriate support for all.