On the first day of Term Two staff spent the day together at the Ōtamarakau Marae with the purpose of engaging in professional learning around the concept of Hauora (Health and Well-being). With a slight drizzle in the air we were welcomed onto the marae with a pōhiri followed by a kōrero by the kaumatua on the background of the area and the marae.
After a morning tea, the sun started shining and we were able to experience the beautiful beachfront surroundings while Whaea Debbie led us in some team-building activities and also in the exploration of the Māori mediation technique of Mauri.
We were fortunate to have Che Maxwell lead us for an afternoon kōrero around the metaphoric meaning of the pōhiri as well as an introductory session on mau rākau. This learning contributed to our school vision and strategy around connecting with our Māori community and further developing our understanding of culturally responsive and relational teaching and learning.