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Poutama Whanau

Poutama is a vertical class of Year 9-13 students who desire to strengthen their understanding and ability to participate comfortably within Te Ao Māori. It is on a senior option line and the year 9 and 10 students are grouped into form classes that have their core line of Social Studies at that time. That is, students come out of Social Studies and into Poutama. We cover skill elements of Social Studies and work from koeke 4 me 5 o te Marautanga for the Junior levels. We cover various kaupapa over the year, including Kapa Haka, Marae and iwi, Rangi and Papa, Ki-o-Rahi (hakinakina). Students work towards Te Waharoa; a level 2 qualification in field Māori unit and achievement standards.

We have a whanau group which meet throughout the year to support and continue to develop this kaupapa in the school. Together the whanau and teachers developed this vision statement for the school strategic plan:


“Onslow College shares the Ministry of Education commitment to the vision of “Māori enjoying educational success as Māori” at Onslow College. Onslow College expresses this vision through te kaupapa o Poutama; to uplift Māori in our school by demonstrating Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the The Treaty of Waitangi, to strengthen Māori student confidence in te Ao Māori and to promote Māori student success in the wider school community.Our guiding principles include manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and te reo Māori. “



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