"I have really enjoyed learning about the history of Monrad Tirohanga and where our classroom and building names come from. I liked learning about the legend of Okatia and the creation of the Manawatū river. We have also been learning waiata from our own iwi and how they relate back to the stories of our own whakapapa. My favourite part of this inquiry has been learning about where I come from, who I come from, where others come from and how we connect through whakapapa".
Our kaupapa pakirehua (Inquiry Focus) 'Ko au, ko Tirohanga, ko Rangitāne, ko Aotearoa', has seen our tamariki inquiring into their own whakapapa, their tūrangawaewae (identity), the history of this area and the stories and legends of Rangitāne o Manawatū.
We are observing a lot of growth amongst ākonga as they gain a stronger sense of identity through learning afforded by Te Takanga o Te Wā and the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories framework. Our tamariki are beginning to understand that they now have a shared connection, and they are a part of the past, present and future of Monrad Te Kura Waenga o Tirohanga.