Tātai is the action of weaving, blending one strand with the next to form connected patterns. Understanding the connection and relationships of the strands within the weave is important in the completion of the final product.
At CORE Education, we place great value on the importance of connections when delivering all forms of support. Knowing schools and teachers, businesses, individuals, and the diverse sectors is integral to the way we work.
Most important to us is knowing and understanding each other as individuals and as a collective. Diversity is our strength. Togetherness is also our strength.
Tātai also means to adorn, make beautiful or enhance in the metaphorical sense of weaving kākahu. Our support builds on the base that a school, centre, or individual has in place, and enhances that.
The whakapapa connections that exist between people are evident in all we do. Knowing who people are, where they come from, and what they bring to the conversation is an important part of the concept of Tātai Aho Rau.
When applied to weaving, aho are the threads that bind together. Within CORE Education, aho relates to the threads that are common in all we do. These threads are e-learning, research, culturally responsive practice, and inclusive education.
Aho also relates to the key elements of professional learning and development that we advocate – mentorship, reflection, community engagement, empowerment, and collaboration. The CORE support team, for example, are the aho that bind our work programmes together.
Rau – is a leaf or harakeke blade. It also means ‘many’ and ‘multitudes’. Harakeke symbolises the whānau, with the rito (child) in the centre, mātua (parents) encircling the young leaf, and the kaumātua (grandparents) represented in the outer leaves of the plant.
A well established harakeke bush is made up of a number of these family groups. Applying this symbolism to the makeup of CORE Education, we are naturally drawn to the many groupings within CORE and the connections each group has with others. We understand that a single harakeke plant can stand alone, but it needs the support of the wider pā harakeke to thrive.
We must live and breathe our values, understand our skills, and be continually open to ongoing learning to be truly transformative in the education sector. Tātai Aho Rau challenges us to be better than the best.