Aquinas College is celebrating Maori Language week with some fun activities and challenges to encourage staff as well as students to have a go at Te Reo.
Yr. 11 student Laura Smith is hoping students take up the challenge to learn their Pepeha, a form of introduction that establishes identity and heritage.
Yr 11 Izzy Northcroft is passionate about keeping the language alive, taking the opportunity this week to use Te Reo when she led the school assembly in prayer.
“Because I am Maori I think it is important that I can speak my own language. We use it at home and this week I hope to hear more of it at school”.
Yr 12 student Anitemea Tawa shared the meaning behind the name of the Wharenui at Aquinas College.
“Te Taumata means ‘aim for the peak’ encouraging all students to try their hardest in everything they do”.
The centre of Maori teaching and learning at the college, Te Taumata displays carvings showing the story of creation and a Tekoteko of St. Thomas Aquinas, the school’s patron saint.
With prizes, games and a quiz, there is plenty of reasons to give Te Reo a go!