Nau mai, tautī mai
Te Rōpū Whānau o Hato Mātene was established at the end of 2012 with the support of St Martins School and the BoT to connect and discuss things Māori in relation to our tamariki. Together we discuss and implement effective teaching and learning, and cultural links within the wider St Martins School community.
We are an inclusive and informal group. You are welcome to bring all the whānau to our catch ups. Open discussion and contributions are welcome. We have fun and learn waiata, mihimihi and karakia in a supportive environment.
We appoint a Whānau Group representative to the BoT (as recognised in the school charter). We also have a working relationship with the education team from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and with our mana whenua, Ngāti Wheke and Ngāi Tūāhuriri.
Recently we have organised a trip to Rāpaki marae, helped with a school hangi and designed and built the school waharoa (entrance).
We have hui on the last Friday of each month from 6pm (usually in the staff room at school). We bring along kai to share.