February 20, 2014
Maori character school for Otautahi
Associate Education Minister Pita Sharples has announced the establishment of what is being described as innovative 21st century learning village that will incorporate early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education on one Christchurch site.
Te Pa o Rakaihautu will initially be located at the site of the Richmond School, which closed last month.
It’s what’s called a designated character school, meaning it’s a state school with a particular character that sets it apart from ordinary state schools and kura kaupapa Maori.
Te Pa o Rakaihautu will offer a curriculum founded on tikanga and Te Reo Maori, Te Ao Maori values, culture and history.
Dr Sharples says by bringing together Maori and English mediums in a pa setting, it will create a unique learning environment that will deliver significantly improved outcomes for Maori students,” Dr Pita Sharples says.
The school opens in term one next year for year 1 to 10 students.
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