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Friday 18 September 2015

posted 17 Sep 2015, 19:21 by Stephanie Williams   [ updated 17 Sep 2015, 19:27 ]
One of the school's three Principles is Valuing the Whole Child
We place emphasis on Hauora as well as what is viewed as more ‘academic’ learning. Hauora is a Māori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions of:

Taha Tinana (physical well-being)
Taha Wairua (spiritual well-being) 
Taha Whanau (social/family well-being)
Taha Hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being)

We value all as individuals and expect them to achieve success in many different ways.

On Monday the teaching staff gathered in the sunny courtyard after school. This professional learning meeting had a marked difference to most. Professor Abuzado AKA Cris, the lovely Brazilian Capoeira teacher and his colleague, came to talk us through the history and some initial moves. The cartwheels were impressive (from some!). For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capoeira

Next term we will have Cris with us on Fridays for 8 weeks. Feedback from the children, teachers and many of you from the small 'taster' session a few weeks back was motivating! We are excited. Not only does Capoeira tick many of these whole child/well-being boxes above, it is also something new for most of us. 

Another goal this year was to open hearts and minds to the wider world beyond WBS - this also receives a big tick! We now have over one third of our children classified on enrolment as other than NZ Pakeha, in fact hailing from over 20 countries across the globe. This needs embracing and surely must contribute hugely to the Inquiry "Who is in my Backyard?". Finding authentic and ongoing ways to embed this more recently found 'multiculturalism' is a constant and a major plus for us all. 

More about the other two Principles can be located on the website.