Iwi and High School Principals Remove Roadblocks to Education Success

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Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust, Board Chairs and Principals of southern and central Taranaki High Schools have recently held discussions about achieving education success for Ngaati Ruanui students.

Principals and Board Chairs from Patea Area School, Hawera High School, Stratford High School and Saint Marys School all took part in the discussions.

Working together with the High Schools is a key part of the newly launched Ngati Ruanui Education Strategy which was recently adopted by the Iwi.

High School Principals and Ngati Ruanui are now developing a comprehensive action plan to remove roadblocks within the schools, to increase the success of Ngati Ruanui students.

The principals and Ngati Ruanui have collectively identified key actions that will change the way Ngati Ruanui students and teachers work together said Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, Kaiarataki of Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust.

The discussions to date have thrown up a lot of ideas and new ways of working together said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.

We all need to challenge ourselves, this cannot be another set of words or endless discussions said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer. It must be about action on the ground that is real for both students and teachers.

We need a plan that will really lift the achievement rates for our students; they are the future of Ngati Ruanui. The Iwi is determined through our Education Strategy to really make a difference, said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.

The developing action plan has three main focus area areas: direct relationship building within the school structures between iwi and teachers, mentoring and leadership programmes and identification of direct intervention when needed.

Ngati Ruanui, Board Chairs and Principals will be meeting on a regular basis to ensure leadership and action is maintained.

For Further information contact:
Debbie Ngarewa-Packer 06 278 0148

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