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Engaging Pasifika parents and communities

Resources, tools, and examples to help your school effectively engage with the Pasifika community.

Examples

Involvement and engagement
This clip is from the Connections and Conversations DVD. This part explores a variety of viewpoints from students, teachers, and parents on the involvement and engagement of Pasifika parents and communities in the processes of schooling.

Parents matter
Many schools already involve Pasifika parents in supporting cultural events and activities. Effective home-school partnerships need to have a clear focus on Pasifika students’ learning, with everyone able to make a positive and active contribution. 

Sharing information
Partnerships that align school and home practices and enable parents to actively support their children's learning have shown some of the strongest impacts on student outcomes.

Welcoming parents
Coming to school for special events is rewarding for Pasifika parents if the school makes them feel welcome and the focus is on their children’s achievement and learning.

Learning conversations
Sustained higher achievement is possible when teachers use pedagogical approaches and share strategies that enable Pasifika students to take charge of their own learning.

An open door policy that works
Chrissie Rumpler from Owairaka School discusses how to ensure an effective open classroom door policy through making connections with the community and having a school structure that values the engagement. She shares some of the things her school has done to ensure that teachers understand why and how to engage with the diverse cultures represented in their school.

Sylvia Park's parents' centre
Sylvia Park school has set up a centre to be "the parents’ place" within the school. The centre’s leader has a proactive focus on involving Pasifika parents through mutual learning conversations based on their child’s assessment data and their next-steps learning needs.

Engaging Pasifika families – Owairaka School builds a fale
The staff at Owairaka School have explored ways to build deep connections and partnerships with the many cultural groups and families at their school. This story tells how the community worked together to bring an element of Samoan culture to the school in the construction of a traditional fale.

Community engagement – a parent's perspective
Saga Frost is a parent at Owairaka School in Auckland. She discusses what it is like to be a partner in the learning community at her school and reveals that she didn't realise, until she got involved, how much she could impact on her child's learning. She challenges other parents to see themselves as someone who can add value, "You add value at home, you add value at your church, you can add value at your school as well".

Edtalks – Pasifika parent group
Manu Fa'aea-Semeatu discusses her school's website page for Pasifika parents, ways of engaging Pasifika fanau in the learning journey, and support across the school for Pasifika student achievement.

Finlayson Park School, Manurewa 
Principal Shirley Maihi talks about the triangular relationships of learning and the importance of nurturing the relationships between the student, the school, and the parents. Read more about this school’s community and initiatives.


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