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Reo Rua

E ngā whānau katoa, koutou i manaaki i a tātou tamariki mokopuna rātou ngā rangatira mō āpōpō, nō reirā, nei rā te mihi matakuikui ki a tātou katoa

Bilingual education is a method of teaching that aims to assist learners to become bilingual. It involved learning opportunities in two languages, usually through first language empowerment.

It means:

  • Valuing a child's first language as this language sets a strong platform for learning.
  • Assisting students to learn and understand the second language through their knowledge of the first language.
  • Ensuring students have strong knowledge and use of two languages for higher understanding.
  • Educational achievement.
  • Social advantage.

Reo Rua is the Bilingual Education unit at Queen Elizabeth College. Students are immersed in Te Ao Māori, with the majority of the teaching in Te Matui, the school Marae.

Māori language is spoken on a daily basis and Reo Rua students are encouraged to communicate in this medium. Karakia and waiata are woven through the teaching and Kapa Haka is an important part of student learning.

Important Māori celebrations are avenues of learning, such as Waitangi Day, Matariki and Te wiki o Te Reo Māori.

Students learn from our Bilingual Education unit the tools to gain the skills and knoweldege of Te Reo Māori in their whanau and society.

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