the years and it has become the way we roll. It is great to see our students mastering paddleboards and skillfully
using a kayak...learning to interact and play safety in their local environment.
Let us hope schools will always be able to represent their community and make decisions that suit their locality
and people. There are some major changes on the horizon that we should all be aware of and my thinking is that
many New Zealanders may be aware their is a review but know little of what the outcomes could be. At this
moment in time we have Board of Trustees that are voted in every 3 years. This group of people set a strategic
direction for the school in consultation with their community and monitor the implementation of this. When we
consulted with our community we found out that parents wanted their children to be:
● creative, literate and numerate
● grounded in their culture language and identity and confident in both Maori and Pakeha
● confident in engaging safely with and in our local environment. They are committed to
sustainability and protection of the environment (Kaitiakitanga)
● active leaders, participants and contributing community members within and outside the
● fit, happy and healthy
● respectful of all people and socially adept (Kaitiaki of Self and Others)
● agents of their own learning, design, plan, carry out and review their learning
● positive and confident in sharing ideas and opinions, believe in themselves and their
capabilities and are responsible for personal and social choices
● resilient, can manage change, have a growth-mindset and persevere when challenged
● able to participate, compete, enjoy and demonstrate sportsmanship in sporting and cultural
● able to safely use a range of digital tools and resources to access, use, validate and present
This has a very Mangonui feel to it. It gives us license to say that learning about the world of Maori is important,
that interacting with our local environment is an important part of education. These 11 statements came from our
community and give us direction. I wonder what it would look like it if came out of a ‘Education Hub’ run by
ministerial appointments based in Whangarei? The idea of developing a model where one size fits all?
Last week I went on camp with the Taonga class and the lovely Miss Seymour. What a great group of students,
parents and caregivers. These guys are Year 2 and 3 students (6 and 7 year olds). That is a big call staying the
night away from Mum and Dad in an unfamiliar location. Ccri Carson was amazing. He managed himself, making
his bed, packing his bag up, cleaning his teeth etc. He was kind and funny…. just a nice person to be around.
Well done Ccri you are Kaitiaki of yourself and others!!