The backbone of Te Waka is The Rite Journey Programme, which reinvents the traditional process of a rite of passage to assist in transforming adolescents from dependency to responsibility. It is designed to link the hearts and minds of our Year 10 students with ‘rites of passage’ ceremonies, class discussion and self-reflection.
A male and a female Te Waka class is created from each core class. As each will be timetabled together, we are able to make the most of the co-educational environment and deliver the programme, based on need, either separately or together as a core class.
Each Te Waka class will have a same-gender teacher and in addition to any time given to a specific challenge or activity, will meet for three periods during the week. Consequently, it is expected that a strong relationship can be built between the students and their mentor and teacher.
Throughout the year, students explore and discover consciousness, connection, communication, challenge and celebration.
Each of these is a focus:
The rite of passage for the student is celebrated through key milestone ceremonies (The Calling, The Departure, Challenges, The Abyss and The Homecoming). Information surrounding these ceremonies, and also the activities arranged through our Outdoor Education Department, will be communicated regularly to parents.
To graduate and receive their Te Waka badge, students will need to have completed a mixture of the following requirements (unless unable to because of illness or injury):
The cost associated with the workbooks, ceremonies and activities is approximately $240. This will be charged to the student’s account in four disbursements of $60.00 per term.
For further information, please contact Teacher in Charge of Te Waka, Mrs Kate Taylor KTA@stac.school.nz.