We are delighted to release the latest episode of the 2019 Teaching Today podcast series: nurturing Pacific culture and engaging with whānau and the community.
For this episode we visited Toru Fetū Kindergarten in Porirua, just outside of Wellington. Toru Fetū is the first purpose-build Pacific kindergarten and nurtures the languages and cultures of the Cook Islands, Niue and Tuvalu, work which last year won them a Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Award.
It is a kindergarten where cultural identities and confidence flourishes, but also a community hub which offers many other services to families.
In this episode teachers and the leadership team at Toru Fetū talk about how they empower Pacific learners and maintain strong connections with parents, whānau and the community.
Sina, in the Cook Islands room at Toru Fetū
Andy Cairns – senior teacher
Caroline Mareko – senior manager, community and participation
Ngaretta Strong – learning communities liaison eacher
Alana Nootai – assistant head teacher
Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners: it is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. The Council is currently co-constructing an implementation plan for Tapasāwith expert teachers.
COOK ISLAND DRUM BEAT - Drums of Araura with Ru
Red Sails / E Tai Roimata - Apiti Nicholas
We know teachers are busy and podcasts are a versatile way of communication – they are great to listen to while commuting, doing chores or exercising and if you run out of time, just press pause and come back to it.
Want more? Don’t miss our previous episodes of Teaching Today, on Physical Restraint, Teacher Wellbeing, Modern Learning Environments, A Case Study On Culturally Responsive Teaching, the Role of Sport in Education, Professional Boundaries, and Myth-busting Appraisal also available for download.