Manukau Courier : January 13th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Thursday, January 13, 2011 Discover the world while you work Get the skills and experience you need for a job in the Travel and Tourism industry by studying at MIT. Apply now for February 2011. 0800 62 62 52 • www.manukau.ac.nz/tourism 7664 MIT000133 C New page for college By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Looking ahead: Principal Ann Milne is excited at the changes ahead as Clover Park Middle School and Te Whanau o Tupuranga merge. Photo: SIMON WATTS TWO Otara schools will merge this month to become New Zealand's first Maori and Pasifika bilingual secondary school. Clover Park Middle School and Te Whanau o Tupuranga already share a campus and will become Kia Aroha Col- lege, offering bilingual edu- cation in Maori, Samoan, Tongan and Cook Islands Maori from year 7 to 13. Students will be taught subjects in their own language and in English. It'll also be the only Manu- kau state secondary school to take students from year 7. Clover Park has been a bilingual Pasifika middle school for years 7 to 10 since 1995 while Te Whanau o Tupuranga opened as a Maori bilingual secondary school in 2006. Principal Ann Milne says the school's Pasifika parents have been asking for the middle school to be extended to year 13 so the students can continue their senior years there. Many of Clover Park's Pasifika students were so passionate about staying on the campus they enrolled in Te Whanau o Tupuranga after year 10 to avoid having to leave. So the school approached the Ministry of Education and after a long process has been given approval to merge the two schools into one high school. Mrs Milne says the whole school community is thrilled. It's excellent for our parents who went out on a limb and led educational change not just locally but nationally too. The community's got a lot to be proud of.'' The school will have a roll of 370 to start with and 14 original Clover Park students who moved to the Maori school will switch back into year 12 and 13. In the new school all students will start NCEA at year 10 rather than year 11 because Mrs Milne believes spreading the workload will make level three more attain- able. It will also trial new start times, with senior students having a school day that runs from 9.45am to 4pm. Mrs Milne believes the new school is important to prevent language loss and says pupils who have a strong cultural identity are more confident in all learning areas. They're engaged, stay at school and don't feel alienated, she says. You ought to be able to have cultural identity and language and everything else. It's not mutually exclusive.'' Kia Aroha will open on February 1 and is accepting students at all year levels. There is no enrolment zone.
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