The focus of the Māori Department is to build a greater interest in, and respect for the use of, Te Reo Māori and Tikanga (Māori practices), as a living language and culture, within BullerHigh School and the wider community.
Within the Māori Department students are offered a wide variety of learning opportunities that include Te Reo Māori (inclusive of writing, reading, speaking, and listening comprehension), Tikanga, Kawa (protocols) Kapa Haka (Māori Performing Arts), Mau Rakau (Traditional Māori Weaponry) and Raranga (Weaving).
The Junior Curriculum:
The Senior Curriculum:
Ākonga will focus on developing their ability to understand Te Reo Māori in familiar contexts and for them to be able to kōrero in a supportive environment. More capable learners will be able to extend their reo through Pānui/Reading Comprehension, in preparation for an external exam. There is also a practical assessment for ākonga who have/develop skills in Kapa Haka. Students who do not do Kapa Haka can choose instead to research people associated with Māori Performing Arts.