Te Ao Māori

Me a matou ki te Toroa ki te rerenga me te whakapono ki te Atua tuturi
We can all be uplifted as the albatross if we have faith and Rely on God

At Verdon College we believe that it is crucial that Māori enjoy educational success as Māori. This means providing all Māori students with the opportunity to realise their own unique potential and succeed in their lives as Māori.

Teachers engage in regular professional development to implement Te Kotahitanga which is a research and professional development programme that:
- supports teachers to improve Māori students' learning and achievement, enabling teachers to create a culturally responsive context for learning which is responsive to evidence of student performance and understandings
- enables school leaders, and the wider school community, to focus on changing school structures and organisations to more effectively support teachers in this endeavour.

Te Ao Māori is embedded within our curriculum, allowing our students to explore their culture and develop an understanding of what it means to be Māori. Covered within the curriculum are culture and customs, historical and geographical relevance, Te Rēo Māori, Māori Performing Arts as well as important values and ways of living that positively impact school life.

You can find our school haka and waiata below that are celebrated as part of our annual Haka and Waiata Competition.