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Celebrating Diversity At Glenavon

celebrating our rich cultural diversity is so important to us at Glenavon

What does this look like? 

Language weeks

at glenavon we aim to celebrate as many of the language weeks at possible throughout the year. specific activities related to the language/culture are put on throughout the week. families from the community who are able to share their knowledge often do so. 

Pasifika Education

In consultation with the expertise of our Pasifika community, and guidance from Tapasa . we develop our programmes in order to promote, celebrate, and explore the languages and cultures of the Pacific to provide optimum learning opportunities for our entire community. Language weeks are also of particular importance to our community where we take pride in sharing our collective knowledge.


Cultural Diversity (ethnic and cultural) 

Through the Key Competencies, Social Sciences, Languages, and Health curriculums, and the expertise of our teaching and learning community we respond to Cultural Diversity by practicing values of respect towards other social cultures, perspectives and bodies of knowledge.  A growing awareness and acceptance of diversity enables our students to have confidence and resilience in who they are and what matters to them, creating a certainty in their self worth and holistic wellbeing.  

at glenavon school we value the importance of relationships. getting to know our students values, interests and experiences is important to us. we use this knowledge to make learning meaningful and connected to our students' worlds.  we  believe in strong, authentic partnerships with our fanau. 


Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga Māori 

We endeavor to uphold the integrity and mana of Tangata Whenua through consultation with our community and professional development in order to deliver programmes that embrace Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga Māori.  We aim to provide programmes that honor the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the biculturalism of Aotearoa.  Through the use of Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki, our own progressions, and the expertise our our teaching and learning community the planning and delivery of Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga Māori learning is imbedded into our practice.  Our Māori students have opportunities to practice and achieve success as Māori and engage in Māori concepts that benefit us all.  


We deliver Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga Māori lessons throughout the school on “Mana Mondays”. Karakia and command language are utilized throughout our daily practice in all areas of our teaching and learning. We also have a Kapa Haka for all students to be able to participate in, and share with our community with pride. Matariki and Māori Language weeks are also of particular importance to our community where we take pride in sharing our collective knowledge.



Creating a pepeha for a kura is a huge mantle for a school community in these times.  In order to uphold the integrity of Tikanga Māori, and the vision of Glenavon school we have held hui in consultation with our whānau to share research, information and ideas to further this process.  These meetings provided us with a strong base of knowledge that informed the future and enabled a core group of whānau to finalise our school pepeha in 2021.  A plan utilising the Social Sciences curriculum was developed and delivered throughout the school community and will continue to be embedded into Glenavons teaching and learning practice.

Cultural Carnival 

this event has been a staple in the glenavon event calendar for many years. throughout term 4, students from across 2 cultural groups rehearse a 5 minute performance with an assigned teacher. this an incredible opportunity to hero the diverse range of cultures we have at Glenavon School. 

in other ways

Belonging unit 



Curriculum links 

celebrate the joy of cultural diversity at glenavon

Samoan Language Week | 2023
Class Pronunciation video
Samoan Language Week 2022
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