Sacred Heart Cathedral School is made up of many different cultures. We have a long tradition of close links with our community and celebrate the richness and diversity these links bring to our school. We celebrate many aspects of culture throughout each year. All students are given the opportunity to belong to our Kapa Haka and Pasifika Groups and these groups represent us at many school functions and events.
An important part of our school is developing the tuakana-teina approach where the older children look after the younger children. All children are matched up with an older student upon starting school. This creates a positive playground environment.
Kapa Haka Group
This is led by Te Po Hohua from Ngati Porou and involves all the children practising school waiata once a week. He also leads a smaller group of children weekly. Each year they perform both for the school and in local kapa haka competitions. As a group they can be very proud of their achievements and they way in which they promote Tikanga and Te Reo Maori in such a positive way.
This group is led by a staff member. It is a wonderful opportunity open to all students and is really helping to raise the awareness and celebrate the Pasifika cultures within our school.