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Friday 21st August 2015

posted 20 Aug 2015, 19:36 by Stephanie Williams   [ updated 20 Aug 2015, 19:37 ]

One of our big drivers this year is to get our children out into the community and bring members of the community into the school. Yes, the children are at the heart of all that we do, the reason schools exist, it cannot be all about them. We have an opportunity to learn how to reciprocate, to give, to care.

The stars aligned when we had an opportunity to give back to the new Seatoun Village Community Centre this weekend. Tying in beautifully with the term’s focus on Manaakitanga (care and respect) and ‘Who is in my Backyard?’ Inquiry, our seniors gifted two exquisite artworks.

The first a wonderful sculptural piece depicting the legend of Wellington Harbour.
http://eng.mataurangamaori.tki.org.nz/Support-materials/Te-Reo-Maori/Maori-Myths-Legends-and-Contemporary-Stories/Ngake-and-Whataitai-the-taniwha-of-Wellington-harbour

The second, a fabulous artwork of Seatoun made using a stencilling technique.

The Community Trust were delighted with the koha. There is  planning for a Pizza Day in the wings. Not only a Student Council fundraiser initiative, it will also be an opportunity to make more than we need and gift food to an organisation who supports those in need. The baking went down a treat at St Aidan's Café - thank you.

Filmmakers, writers, Reverend Tim at St Aidans, Refugees and Migrant Service, Compassion Centre.... small groups out and about, large groups out and about… we can confidently state we are realising that big goal!

If we think interpersonal skills, key competencies of relating to others, participating and contributing, there are learning and development opportunities aplenty.


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