|Name||Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Whanau Tahi|
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Whanau Tahi
Address: 83 Lyttelton St, Spreydon, Christchurch
School type: Composite (Year 1 to 15), decile 3
Roll (from 2008 to July 2012): 74 to 72
Building damage: All seven buildings have earthquake damage.
Cost: $1.5 million
Land status: Surrounding land is predominantly technical category 2. Geotechnical considerations are unlikely to be a factor at the school.
The ministry's plan: Merge with Te Kura Kaupapa o Waitaha.
Rationale for change: Despite a reasonably stable roll at this school, the combined roll for the two Maori immersion schools in the area fell by 50 pupils between 2010 and 2012. Because both schools are near each other, merging is seen as the best option.
Board of trustees chairman: Huata Martindale
Huata Martindale said: ''Basically our stance hasn't changed in the sense that we oppose the merger. It won't work. There's been no genuine rationale for the merger. They talk about a very general reduction in school population, but we're probably going to above strength compared to before any earthquakes.''
The Ministry of Education has proposed for Te Kura Kaupapa Maori (TKKM) o Te Whanai Tahi to merge with Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Waitaha at a site that has yet to be determined.
TKKM o Te Whanai Tahi proposes to deliver a ''culturally grounded 21st-century education - Maori medium style that meets the needs of our community''.
To prevent the merger, Te Kura wants to maximise the use of its facilities by the community.
Te Kura has suggested incorporating ''pre-service kaiko education, adding a kohanga reo, having an after-school Maori medium homework centre, providing community evening courses and having a social services and learning support centre''.
Te Kura has placed its wharekura curriculum under review, finding it has the capacity to add subjects such as physical education.
Te Kura's networking with other schools presents the opportunity to include in the wharekura curriculum specialist subjects.
Te Kura is ''inviting students from other schools to come and learn with us in a high-level te reo Maori immersion setting''.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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