Te Awamutu Primary School - Kia Kaha - Be Strong

Te Whānau o te Kura Tuatahi 

o Te Awamutu  


Te Awamutu Primary Schools Whānau Group is made up of a group of parents, caregivers, staff and Board of Trustees who support the school to celebrate te ao Māori - the Māori world and culture.

Our purpose as a Whānau Group is to provide ideas, support and advice to the principal, Board of Trustees and teaching team at Te Awamutu Primary that contributes towards our tamariki enjoying and achieving education success.

Our  shared vision is:

By the time a student graduates from 

Te Awamutu Primary School,

they will have a connection with and knowledge 

of our local Maniapoto landmarks, histories, 

values and tikanga.

Te Kura Kotahi Rā o Te Ao Māori:

After consulting with our whānau and the wider community of Te Awamutu Primary in 2019, we are offering all Year 4-6 students in 2020 a chance to apply to be part of Te Kura Kotahi Rā o Te Ao Māori. 

The kaupapa/approach of the one day school will use Dr Mason Durie’s holistic approach to well-being ‘Te Whare Tapa Whā’.  Te Whare Tapa Whā compares the student’s well-being to the four walls of a whare/house where all four walls are necessary to ensure strength and wellness.

  • Taha Hinengaro (Mental and Emotional well-being, self-confidence)

  • Taha Whanau (Social well-being, self-esteem)

  • Taha Wairua (Spiritual well-being, personal beliefs)

  • Taha Tinana (Physical well-being - healthy body)

The basic structure of the day is:

  • learn te reo Māori (specifically and to normalise it into everyday life)

  • take part in kapa haka

  • learn and live whakaaro Māori - this will also link into maths, reading and writing in an authentic context - real life learning.


 Kapa Haka

The school has a kapa haka roopu for students who are part of te kura kotahi rā o te Ao Maori .  The 37 tamariki involved once a week under the guidance and leadership of Matua Awatea.


Kai & Kōrero: 

This year we will be  meeting in the hōro (hall) twice a term and we welcome the involvement of all parents and whānau. It is a time where we bring our tamariki and share a potluck dinner together and have a kōrero to organise events and a time for the school to share information regarding learning and what is happening at TAPS.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of you can contact Kim Tautari-Scott (kimt@taps.school.nz). 

Mauri Ora!!


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