rūma Rumaki Reo
Hokitika Primary School has three thriving Rūma Rumaki Reo (immersion classrooms), supported by kaiako (teachers), kaiārahi i te reo (language experts) and kaiāwhina (support staff). The classes are mixed-level, catering to tamariki from Years 0 to 6. We have a kaupapa of whanaungatanga - we're one family of learners.
Our Rūma Rumaki Reo are open to all tamariki. However, in recent years, due to demand, we have had to begin a waiting list. (This is the case for most kura in NZ who offer bilingual education).
We prioritise entry to tamariki who are mana whenua (Poutini Ngāi Tahu).
A commitment to involvement in the kura, and to learning te reo, is expected from whānau of Rūma Rumaki Reo tamariki.
Anyone wanting to enrol in our Rūma Rumaki Reo will have a hui with Hākui Kata (Kathleen Scott Langi), kaihautu of Rūma Rumaki Reo at HPS.
Our Rumaki Reo are classified as Māori Immersion Level 2. This means te reo Māori is the language of communication, instruction and assessment. English is included as a minority language of communication. It’s not expected that all tamariki in the class will interact freely in te reo māori at first - these skills will develop over time. Note that in Māori Immersion Level 2 akomanga (classrooms), reading and writing is taught in te reo Māori (and not in English).
Our goals are to:
Empower our tamariki to be passionate learners who thrive on opportunities and experiences.
Acknowledge and learn about the rich world of Mana Whenua - Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio.
Encourage our tamariki to reach beyond expectations to find their place in our world through te reo Māori.
Ensure the ideas, aspirations and strengths of our tamariki will be nurtured and shared.
Enable our tamariki to direct their own learning - with the support of kaiako.