September 03, 2015
Maori boarding school hunts for pupils
While Turakina Maori Girls College struggles for survival, down the road in Fielding Catholic boy's boarding school Hato Paora is growing its roll.
Principal Debra Marshall-Loeb says it now has almost 100 boys, and academic standards are high with 100 percent pass rates for NCEA Level 1 and University Entrance.
The school is holding an information evening in Auckland next week for prospective parents.
Mrs Marshall-Loeb says all the Maori boarding schools have wonderful foundation stories which give them direction, and Hato Paora is sticking with its mix of values education, culture, te reo Maori and academic and sporting achievement.
"It's about the founder and their whanau, about wanting to come to Hato Paora. It's all about them wanting to perhaps focus on their formation as a young man. Although we have high expectations about students academically, culturally, sporting-wise and spiritually, we are about the formation of the young man," she says.
The Hato Paora information evening is at Te Whanau o Waipareira in Henderson next Wednesday at 7pm.
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