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Establishment of a Designated Character School—Rise UP Academy, Auckland

  1. Pursuant to sections 146, 156 and 156AA of the Education Act 1989, I hereby establish a Year 1–8 primary school in Auckland to be known as Rise UP Academy, and designate the school as a designated character school.
  2. Rise UP Academy will operate under the following aims, purposes, and objectives that will together constitute its designated character:

Rise UP Academy embraces Pacific uniqueness in an inter-generational learning environment. Parents and whānau, as well as students, are learners.

A Pacific inquiry-based model uses critical thinking in authentic Pacific contexts for learning experiences. Rise UP Academy will use Pacific pedagogy to teach the New Zealand curriculum.

Learning is based in cultural concepts embedded in Pacific cultures:

  • Lalanga (Tongan) – To weave. Weaving an inclusive co-construction and delivery of education within an authentic inquiry learning context. Teaching the requirements of the New Zealand curriculum with Pacific experiences, strengths, and knowledge. Pacific Inquiry Learning is critical thinking based in distinctive Pacific culture. Shared cultural foundations such as whānau, fesosoani/auaunaga (service/help), tuakana-teina (inter-generational support) and faʻaaloalo (respect) are used to train students in critical thinking.

  • Malaga (Samoan) – To journey. Nurturing students and families to co-construct their journey on the education pathway. Whānau discover their unique identity and learning styles. A classroom mentoring program mentors parents in practical life skills and connects them to social services as needed. This removes barriers to education. Supporting parents in their journey helps to create learning environments to support and accelerate student learning.

  • Maaga (Niuean) – Our village. It takes a village to raise a child. Community leaders and families watch over students’ educational milestones. Rise UP Academy connects families with their community, and recognises community leadership is required to improve educational outcomes. School events celebrate local identities and talents.
  1. The constitution of the board of trustees will be an alternative constitution in accordance with section 98A of the Education Act 1989.

This notice takes effect on the date of publication in the New Zealand Gazette.

Dated this 8th day of September 2018.

CHRIS HIPKINS, Minister of Education.