Finlayson Park School

"O la’u gagana o se faasinoala i la’u aganuu.  O lo’u tofi mai le Atua, ta te faapelepele, faasoa ma faafaileleina”.

"O Le Taiala” is a Samoan Bilingual Unit which was established in our school in 1996. We use a Dual Medium model which is an additive programme that aims to foster bilingualism and biliteracy, in the Samoan and English Language by Year 8.

The Senior Leader is Janet Tavui supported by two Senior Teachers - Mua Keli-Singh and Lola Fonoti.  Students enjoy learning and acknowledging their Samoan language and culture. Teachers also appreciate the contribution and support from our parents.

O le Taiala Teachers (9 classrooms) use the New Zealand Curriculum and our Samoan Language Scheme "Taiala Galue” when planning curriculum coverage.  Students’ interests, needs and all learning areas are met through the inquiry learning approach, but there is a scope and time for mini units of learning according to incidental interest.

Our model of delivery is:

Year 1 and 2       80% Samoan            20% English

Year 3 and 4      60% Samoan            40% English

Year 5 to 8          50% Samoan            50% English

O le Taiala is an integral part of our school and there is full interaction with other areas of the school, it is not an island on its own.

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
(Nelson Mandela)