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St Marks – Working with Mātauraka Mahaanui

St Mark’s School is an Anglican, full primary school located in the Ōpāwaho area (Ōpāwa), Christchurch. The school has special character status and is the only state-integrated Anglican primary school in the South Island. Located in an area that is culturally and historically significant, especially for Ngāi Tahu, it is close to a former pā and māhinga kai sites, and the Ōpāwa river next to the school was an important pathway for early Māori. After the Canterbury earthquakes, Ōpāwa and many buildings in this area experienced significant damage. This included St Mark’s School which was in need of extensive repair and refurbishment.

Working with Mātauraka Mahaanui

Developing a strong cultural narrative

Culture supporting practice

St Mark’s School community acknowledges the partnerships formed and nurtured by working with various stakeholders, including Mātauraka Mahaanui,  during its redevelopment. The aroha shown to whānau and the opportunities for ako (learning) and mahi tahi (working together) have enabled and empowered the transformation of this learning community.

“Unleashing the potential of every member of our community is inextricably linked and aligned to our local context and te Ao Māori worldview. Through huatau/grace, we act with compassion and humility to achieve hiranga/excellence, using the potential of our God-given talents and gifts. This gives us the māiatanga/courage to act to bring about change, as we show piriponotanga/faithfulness to God and others." (words of the St Mark’s School waiata)

(Averil Worner – Tumuaki/Principal, St Marks School)