courtesy of Marist College
Any school, Marist included, has plenty of protocol and traditions involved in the daily life of the school. The Tikanga expressed in school can also be spread throughout our wider community. Some examples of our school "customs" follow ↓
- Whole school gatherings-our assemblies on a Wednesday and Friday morning are an established protocol in the life of the school. We also have 6 masses a year:
these celebrate the special Catholic character of our school, in a practice initiated by Catholics in the very early days of the church.
- Inaugural mass
- Chanel House mass
- Champagnat House mass
- Marist Day Mass
- Chavoin house mass
- Colin house mass
- Events-Every year we look forward to traditions like Family festival,Athletics day, Swimming sports, and Marist Day which are annually held events. Within these events, there is also a lot of protocol, such as the layout of Athletics day and family festival, the signups involved in swimming sports and the restrictions on face paint at Athletics day.
- Even the school day itself follows strict protocol- we run on a fixed timetable (unless it's Friday!) and attend 1 hour classes. We start at the same times on a particular day every week, and finish at 3:10 on a normal school day. Just look around you at Marist, you cannot escape the presence of and the need for Tikanga!
Tikanga applies to many aspects of daily Marist life
Teaching in itself is a Tikanga Maori value, we apply it not only to culture and history, but to Math, Science and English too!
Wearing school uniform correctly, and with pride is an essential everyday part of protocol we follow at Marist.
courtesy of Marist College
Many of the Tikanga Maori values can and have been directly applied to our Marist Community.
- Whanaungatanga- One of our Marist Core values is family spirit. Whanau group is a time for us to gather in our own mini Marist families. We embrace family spirit by praying together, playing games together and getting to know one another by simply talking every morning.
- Kotahitanga- Unity is displayed by any and all of our sports teams, who work together to achieve their goals. It is shown by all students every day by wearing their uniform correctly and with pride, and during athletics day when each of the houses chant together in an attempt to grab coveted house points.
- Tuakana/Teina- Marist prides itself on its sense of sisterhood. We have seniors helping with Junior Homework center and colab, and older students are constantly looking out for younger students.
- Kaitiakitanga-Marist's environmental group works hard to keep our school beautiful. We have separate recycling bins and compost bins to responsibly dispose our waste, and we try not to waste paper wherever possible to conserve our awesome environment.
- Ako- Ako means teaching and learning. This is modelled by both teachers and students as well as amongst peers on a daily basis.