Cultural Programmes

Our Bi-Cultural Nation

Drawing on the rich diversity we now experience living in Tamaki-ma-kau-rau, Auckland, we are fortunate to know that our akonga (students) and kaiako (teachers) get to learn from one another. We learn tolerance and a respect for humanity. First and foremost however, we recognise nga tangata whenua, the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, and the opportunity that was offered by them to share in the beauty and resources of this land through the signing of te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi.

As a school we honour te Tiriti (the Treaty) through teaching our akonga (students) tikanga (protocol), reo Māori (the Māori language), and mahi toi (the Māori arts). Alongside the Māori curriculum, the school also offers other language and cultural pursuits from around the world, thus celebrating in our rich cultural and ethnic diversity.

We aim to underpin who we are as a school through programmes that support the Māori language and culture curriculum. Stepping Up Tikanga me ona reo Māori for senior students (Years 5 - 6) runs every Friday at 10:45am with Whaea Leanne Castle. Kapa Haka with Papa Lance (Hoani Waititi Marae), Whaea Michelle Sadgrove and Whaea Leanne Castle runs every Tuesday after morning tea. The kapa haka ropu (group) includes children from across the school (Years 1 - 6). Teachers are also encouraged to use te reo Māori in their classroom programmes.

Pasifika Cultures

The Arahoe Pasifika Group runs every Wednesday lunchtime with Mrs Vaimasenu’u and Miss Prasad for students in Years 3 - 6. This group gives an opportunity for our Pasifika students to maintain their identity, language and culture through traditional song and dance. Our vision is to also see these values carried out into their learning environment. This leads into our annual Pasifika Celebration Evening where we celebrate and acknowledge Pasifika student success here at Arahoe School. All whānau and extended whānau are welcome to come and join us and teach us a Pasifika song and/or dance at anytime.

Junior Pasifika Group (Years 1 - 2)

Our Junior Pasifika Group currently takes place every Wednesday during lunchtime with Miss Lemusu. We are currently learning aspects of our Pasifika culture and traditions through the sasa - a traditional energetic Samoan clap dance which is performed by males and females. The movements reflect daily life activities such as paddling, cracking a coconut, preparing food and others. The sasa also teaches basic Samoan language such as counting, directions and simple instructions.

Indian Culture

India's culture is among the world's oldest and here at Arahoe School we value the Indian language and arts as part of our cultural diversity. India is well known for its film industry, often referred to as Bollywood. These films are famous for their elaborate singing and dancing. Every Tuesday at lunchtime Mrs Jansz runs an Indian dance group called Bolly Hop for students in Years 3 - 6. Students practice and rehearse Indian dance moves to groovy tunes and then we perform at assemblies and at the Waitakere Diwali Festival.

25% of students at Arahoe School identify as being Indian. In 2018, for the very first time, we successfully celebrated Holi, a traditional Indian festival of colour, across the whole school. In doing so we reflected the New Zealand Curriculum which seeks to value New Zealand’s cultural diversity, and the histories and traditions of all of its people.


Chinese Culture

China is a growing economy with a dominant presence in the world and Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world with 1.2 billion native speakers, including 1 billion who speak Mandarin. At Arahoe School, students across Years 3 - 6 have the opportunity to opt into Chinese classes for one year based on their interest to learn Mandarin and the Chinese culture through Mandarin lessons, Mandarin Dance and Mandarin Drama classes. In the language classes, students learn about the Chinese culture through history, legends, art, cooking and songs.

Our students have also had the opportunity to take part in the 2018 Chinese Short Film Contest. Students who are interested in Chinese performing arts may also join Chinese Dance (Thursdays, 12.00 pm - 12.45 pm) or Chinese Drama (Thursdays, 12.45 pm - 1.45 pm). These groups have performed at Chinese Story Telling Competitions and Chinese events.


Korean Culture

Arahoe School has an extensive ALLIS (Asian Language Learning in Schools Program) which includes Korean language classes for Arahoe School students. Currently these classes are taught to Ara Pakeke (middle) and Ara Tuakana (senior) students. We have a tutor from the Korean Education Centre to support us with our Korean teaching programme. Additionally beginner classes are taught by Mr Limbrick and Mrs Corin Armstead. For more information about our ALLIS program please click here.

Arahoe School has a strong International Student Programme with Korea and China. This ensures that our ākonga are exposed to enriched cultural and language learning opportunities set within a real life context. For more information about our International Student Programme please click here.