Languages are offered from Year 7 to 13. Students are very keen to learn a language so that they can connect with their family and community both here and abroad and to gain better understanding of the way people behave and do things. The skills that language students are becoming confident in include reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students learn cultural dance and songs, and are given the opportunity to participate in language trips which give them deeper experiences and connections. Language and cultural dances also offer opportunities for students to gain credits towards their NCEA qualification.
According to the New Zealand Curriculum, “All students benefit from learning another language from the earliest practicable age. Such learning broadens students’ general language abilities and brings their own language into sharper focus. It enriches them intellectually, socially, and culturally, offers an understanding of the way in which other people think and behave, and furthers international relations and trade.” (Ministry of Education, 1993:10)
Mrs Langi – Head of Tongan Language
Mr Aniterea – Head of Cook Island Language
Mr Mafi – Junior College Tongan
Mrs Magalei – Year 7/8 Samoan
Ms Salina – Spanish Language
Mr Kaufusi – Polyfest Coordinator