After two years of study, Kelvin Grove Head Teacher Leanne Walls has completed upgrading her Early Childhood Education Diploma to a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) with Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa.
Leanne says she was fortunate that Taukaea Ngatai-Cribb enrolled at Kelvin Grove Kindergarten at the beginning of this year. The relationship with Taukaea's whānau has supported Leanne to develop a deeper understanding of a Māori world view and the role the Treaty of Waitangi plays both in early childhood education and within the home.
Taukaea, who speaks te reo Māori, has relished her role as Rangatira (leader).Leanne and Taukaea's relationship has reflected the tikanga Māori principle of Ako, wherein the teacher learns from the child. Games such as Mū tōrere, a traditional Māori board game, is one way they enjoyed their shared learning as Leanne has implemented her theory into practice.
Enriching Leanne's Te ao Māori knowledge has brought direct benefits to the wider RKA community too; supporting the bi-cultural learning for teachers, children and whānau. Congratulations Leanne.