Building the Person Before the House: Toi Ohomai, Māori and Pacific learner scholarship programme
When I attended the hāngi I was impressed with the teamwork demonstrated by the students and the obviously close relationship and mutual respect between the tutors and the students.
I made a short video to capture the day, which was well received, but I really wanted to explore other strategies used by team. I strongly believe that these strategies had resulted in the relationships that I had witnessed.
The Good Practice Publication Grant provided me with the opportunity to follow the group over a near two year period and document their work.
This resulting video looks at the process from the orientation session, in which the teaching team really open up to the students, through to the sports days and hāngi that help build teamwork, and finally the success of the students on graduation day.
Obviously I couldn’t capture everything, as I had a bit of teaching to do myself, and so this is really only a small part of the fantastic work that the team do.
I wasn’t able to capture their visit to the Marae or their trip to the sustainable housing centre or even the more mundane but equally important day to day interactions in the classroom.
However, I hope that what I did capture will give you an insight into why the results for Māori and Pacifica students have improved over the past few years and also how the introduction of some of the strategies into other areas such as Electrical, Automotive and Cooking has benefitted their Māori and Pacifica students.
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