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Holding ourselves to higher standards

Rachael Fowler graduates this week with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) from the University of Canterbury, having previously studied a Bachelor of Design at Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT). She is now looking forward to a career in teaching.

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My year at Canterbury University has flown by and I am excited to
graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. Although my time here at Canterbury University has been short I have certainly appreciated the warm welcome, the helpful support and the excellent lecturers and professors.

The University of Canterbury has offered me many opportunities and the knowledge to improve my artistic and teaching practices. I have just been offered a position teaching Art at Christchurch Girls High School. I am so excited to begin my teaching career. I hope to soon have the opportunity to encourage and promote education to young Pasifika students as I believe it is so important for New Zealand and future generations.

I could not complete my studies without the generosity, wisdom, accommodation and support from my parents. Thank you for your patience, kindness, money and support. I cannot wait to pay you all back; Graeme, Grace and Joel.

I believe education is important and I believe we need to encourage more Pasifika students to pursue it through deeper connections with the community and holding ourselves to higher standards. I hope education and higher levels of education will become easier to access and there will be more support for Pasifika people.

If I were to give advice to other students, I would encourage them to take advantage of all scholarships and opportunities that are offered.

Fa’afetai tele lava


Stephen (Stephanie) Burt, Professor of English at Harvard and Canterbury Fellow at UC for the summer term 2016-17, will discuss the transgender experience in a free event entitled ‘Transgender Literature (and Life) – an introduction and conversation.’

Steph will explore the topic with UC Lecturer Karen Saunders at the Shilling Club on 14 December.

Date: Wednesday 14 December 2016,
5:30PM -7:00PM

Location: The Shilling Club, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury

Details here:—an-introduction-and-conversation.html

This is for Grandma

University of Canterbury Māori and Pasifika student Teariki Tuiona graduates with a Master of Education on Wednesday.

He mahi kai hōaka, he mahi kai tangata. He whakataukī tēnei e hāngai anTeariki Tuiono 2a ki a mātou nei mahi i oti ai mātou i tēnei tau. Kō ngā akoranga, he mīharo, ko ngā kaupapa he kai mō te whakaaro. Me mihi ki ngā kaitautoko ka tika, nā koutou mātou i akiaki i poipoia ki roto i ngā mahi huhua o te tau. Tēnā koutou. Ko koutou ngā tauira hou, e tatari ana te manuka hei kawenga mō koutou. Nau mai. Tihei mauri ora!

He mihi aroha ki tōku māmā a Iris putiputi ātaahua o te ao nui Tuiono me tōku whānau whānui

Ko Whatitiri te maunga

Ko Waipao te puna wai

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Te Maungarongo te marae

Ko Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Takoto me Ngāti Ingatu ngā iwi

Ko Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau me Te Mahurehure ngā hapū

Ko Teariki Tuiono ahau.

I would like to sincerely thank my lecturers for their time and energy. I felt privileged to learn from such esteemed leaders. I believe I now have the tools to educate others on culturally responsive models such as the Educultural wheel and the Hikairo schema. I thoroughly enjoyed our engaging conversations on the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in education, second language teaching strategies and how to develop bicultural frameworks in a multicultural society.

I would like to thank my church family, Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association, PDT, MDT, staff at the library and staff at the Academic Skills Centre. I felt blessed to know there is support available to help students of Māori and Pasifika descent. Your warmth and kindness is greatly appreciated and has definitely made my stay here in Christchurch an enjoyable one. I would like to especially thank my classmates and close friends that I have made this year. I believe I have made some lifelong friendships and look forward to our upcoming adventures in the future.

To any new and aspiring students who want to come to the University of Canterbury, I have the following warning – you need to have a good balance between social life and academic life. I stumbled in my undergraduate studies because I did not have a good balance between the two and my grades suffered as a consequence. I recommend instead that you plan your time wisely and make sure that when it is time to study, you make a concerted effort to focus and minimise any distractions. In the same token, when there is free time, make sure to have as much fun as possible. Know however, there will be obstacles and life will throw some unknown curveballs in your direction. It will definitely be worth it in the end so never give up.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge my Cook Island grandmother Tangi Te Mata Vaine o Atiu Tuiono because she really loves coming to graduation ceremonies, but unfortunately was not able to be here for this. This Master of Education is for you grandma! Love you!

Nā reira, he nui ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa.