South-East Christian Kāhui Ako

South East Christian Kahua Ako
Sancta Maria College Elim Christian College Santa Maria Catholic Primary School St Mark's Catholic School KingsGate School Our Lady Star of the Sea School

Kahui Ako ECE Hui

"Transitioning from ECE to School"

On the 24 July 2019, we hosted our first hui to engage local ECE interested in joining our South East Christian Kāhui Ako. There was a group of 16 people representing five Early Childhood Centres on the evening. 

We all enjoyed this first opportunity to come together to talk and share ideas.

Our Support Principal, Louise Campbell, welcomed and opened the evening.

Our Lead Principal, Gina Benade, updated the centres on the Kāhui Ako journey so far and shared our strategic priorities for 2019. Link to PowerPoint.

During the evening we had the opportunity to work in small groups. It gave us the opportunity to listen and talk to each other as we reflected on the following  probing questions:

  • What can we do as a Kāhui Ako that we cannot do as individual schools?
  • What could our partnership look like? Possibilities/ Potential and Enablers?
  • How can we strengthen the learning opportunities for our children?


See some of the discussion points below:

After each group had the opportunity to share back, Vanitha Govini,  from the Ministry of Education shared information about how ECE's can become involved in our Kāhui Ako.

  • How do I get involved in Kāhui Ako / Communities of Learning?

Where to next? 

  • ECE representatives to take the thinking framework /shared notes back to their centres and gather more thoughts and ideas. Email to the Kāhui Ako Lead Principal -
  • ECEs interested in joining our South East Christian Kāhui Ako to fill in the Expression of Interest and email to MOE (details on the form)
  • The Kāhui Ako Leadership Group will pass a motion for the ECE to join.
  • A Memorandum of agreement (how we will work together) is developed.
  • ECE will complete the Variation supported by the MOE and Kāhui Ako Lead - this will be submitted to the Minister of Education for final approval. 
  • Decide on a date for our next meeting