Our School

Rongomai School has a proud, rich heritage. Our namesake, Rongomai, was a chief on the Mahuhu canoe.
His whanau settled in Kaipara around 1225. Legend has it that around 1350 his canoe came to rest near our site on the East Tamaki estuary.

Vision

Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki tūohu koe, me he māunga teitei.
Aspire to the greatest heights, should you bow, be it to a lofty mountain

Mission Statement

Empowered to take risks, determined to succeed

Values

A – Attitude / Waiaro
S – Self Belief / Tino Rangatiratanga
P – Persistence / Manawanui
I – Influence / Whakakiki
R – Respect / Manaakitanga
E – Encourage / Whakamanawa

We want to find out who we are as Rongomai School Community. In doing this we will – Identify the values that underpin what we do and why we do it (what is important to us) so that we can be successful academically, socially, culturally and also be competent in anything we choose to do.

This means that we identify who we are, being more aware of Māori and Pasifika cultures, having the opportunities to celebrate these, having a strong sense of our cultural identity.

Steps to incorporate Tikanga Māori

The school acknowledges and respects the language, heritage and culture of all members of the school community. Rongomai School promotes and acknowledges Māori as Tangata Whenua and their obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, reflecting the unique position of tikanga Māori

We will regularly consult with our Māori community.

Rongomai School will acknowledge tikanga Maori (Maori culture and protocol) into the school’s curriculum by:

  • Welcoming visitors, new staff, new students and their families with a Powhiri
  • Celebrating and learning about Māori events
  • Strengthening students’ learning about tikanga Māori
  • Identifying local and regional history
  • Including karakia, waiata and other protocols in school routines
  • Providing opportunities for any interested student to be involved in kapa haka

Cultural Diversity

Our school shall reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and all stakeholders will be encouraged to value the differences in each other by: Celebrating cultural days, performances and the arts, Incorporating cultural dimensions into learning and teaching programmes, Providing resources that reflect our school’s cultures, Implementing programmes that promote partnerships between school, home and the wider community

Māori Culture

The unique place of Maori culture and customs will play an important part in the way Rongomai School operates. A vital element of our school is the success of Maori as Maori, our students’ desire for identity – their place in the world, their sense of belonging and connection, their integration, their understanding and their acceptance.

Pasifika Culture

The unique place of Pasifika culture and customs play an important part in the way Rongomai School operates. A vital element of our school is the success of Pasifika as Pasifika, our students’ desire for identity – their place in the world, their sense of belonging and connection, their integration, their understanding and their acceptance. We aim to embed as many aspects of Pasifika culture as we can.

Culture Groups

These are times for children to have the opportunity to learn the cultures of Māori and Pasifika. This will include learning cultural values, basic language, traditions, cultural performances and song.