Ngāti Toa School is unified and enriched by the cultural heritage of our diverse community. The acknowledgement of the heritage of the various groups represented in our school provides a range of rich learning experiences to further develop our children holistically. We participate in daily cultural practices as a way to unify our school, and more widely in community events that showcase our children’s performance capabilities.
We produce a school concert on an annual basis. In 2015, our concert was titled ‘Lest we Forget’, homage to the 100 year commemoration of the ANZACs. 2016’s theme was a production of Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ followed by performances by our junior Kapa Siva and Kapa Haka groups.
In 2016, Ngāti Toa’s Kapahaka group entered the regional Kapahaka competition for the first time. We placed sixth out of the twelve schools who were mostly kura kaupapa. Our lead boy, Dazmin Metuariki, was placed third (out of 12) which was an outstanding achievement for a mainstream school.