I would like to start this post with the whakatauki…
Ma pango ma whero, ka oti te mahi
With black and with red the work is completed.
This whakatauki is representative of the red and black patterns that are used in traditional Maori design. The spiral, or koru, is a prominent feature in kowhaiwhai patterns. It represents the new unfurling frond of the Silver Fern, and symbolises birth or new life. This is one of the reasons I felt this is an appropriate whakatauki when looking at, not just the new life of our school community, but also the partnerships we have seen developing with Hobsonville Point Primary, Hobsonville Point Secondary, our local community and Whānau.
With powerful partnerships as a strong part of our school vision, it was an amazing feeling to feel this in full swing at our Waitangi event held on Wednesday last week. Our chiefs
(Daniel and Maurie) are the protectors of this vision and have nutured a team/Whānau around them that are also holding strong to the vision. Leading at the helm of the waka for this special event, that combined relevant and authentic learning around the Treaty of Waitangi with the development of whanaungatanga in both our schools, with our whanau and the wider community was the amazing Sarah Wakeford http://hpssbigprojects.blogspot.co.nz/ and Sharon Afu from the primary school. These two awesome leaders helped to organise an unforgettable event that will stick fast in the mind of all that attended. The learning on the day was relevant and real and the vibe on the night, was something I have never experienced at a school before. I feel lucky to be a part of this community and cannot wait until my own kids become a part of this Whānau in the future.
Words cannot do justice to the day. However, maybe some visuals will allow for this…
I really loved this tweet from Ros at the end of the day and feel this shows the buzz in the staff from the event…it is important to note, that Ros has been teaching in the Bay of Islands for the last nine years and was concerned about missing being a part of celebrations at Waitangi as she has been in the past…
As a part of our learner profile we have the aspect of my community…
I feel we made a great start to developing all three aspects of this on this very special day. See more about these three aspects:
on this post here… https://sallyhart72.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/ma-te-whakaaro-kotahi-ka-ora-ai-the-cohesion-of-perspectives-will-strengthen-the-kaupapa/
This seemed real, not token, and I believe will have a huge impact on the kaupapa of our school and the cohesion between both our schools, our learners, their Whānau and the community. It is also pertinent to mention, that it is not just this one off event that is nuturing this. With our hubs in full flight this week, it has been really empowering for learners to have that one learning coach and small group that they are developing strong relationships with already. With family already giving feedback on the strength of this aspect of our curriculum and that one point of contact for learners and their Whānau. I foresee exciting times ahead in the on-going development of these relationships with our hubs and their Whānau.
Here is a haiuku deck of my hub “Tahaki” a part of the Waiarohia community, exploring the heritage of Hobsonville Point in an Amazing race around the area.
Nowhere in the country do I feel there is a school developing …”Young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners” to the level I felt this week. We are well on the way to realising the school vision…“To create a stimulating, inclusive learning environment which empowers learners to contribute confidently and responsibly in our changing world.” Long may this kaupapa, learning and relationship building last and build in an on going manner and long may the black and red work together to “awhi” and nuture our learners and our community. See more about our school here http://www.hobsonvillepoint.school.nz/