Kia ora and welcome to Kahungunu house for 2019. Our house/hub learns within a modern learning environment (MLE) encompassing 3 teachers and 85 enthusiastic, creative and dynamic students.

It has been hugely satisfying to see many of our learners taking the opportunity to demonstrate many of the key ideas that underpin life here at Hastings Intermediate. Kahungunu learners are expected to demonstrate and develop their use and understanding of Manaakitanga. Our learners consistently reflect on and demonstrate the importance of respect for self, respect for others, respect for learning and of course, ‘my community, my responsibility’.

It has also been pleasing to see our learners ‘stretch themselves’ (one of the key pillars of our learning vision ). Many are taking on new challenges both in the classroom and within a variety of extra-curricular activities. Our learners are dancing, playing sport, creating art, serving on councils, involved in leadership courses, serving as road patrollers and much more. We are proud of them! :)

We are proud of our name ‘Kahungunu’, derived from Ngati Kahungunu - a Māori iwi (tribe) located along the eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand, traditionally centred in the Hawke's Bay and Wairārapa regions. Our name speaks to the proud, supportive and determined group that we are. We pride ourselves on our togetherness, our supportiveness, our Manaakitanga and most importantly our drive to be successful as people and as lifelong learners.

Our Inquiry this term has focused on what it means to be a ‘Kiwi’. Our learners have challenged themselves and each other to widen and deepen our understanding of what it is to be called  ‘Kiwi’. It has been an exciting journey that has yet to see its culmination. We look forward to seeing the growth and development in our ideas and sharing these with the wider school and community.

Come in and see us some time in Kahungunu, we would love to see you!

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