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Journey to the future

Co-Design: A tamariki led approach to creating a culture of kindness.
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Pink Shirt Day


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Print one Journey to the Future Worksheet for each student or pair

Why we love it

This is an opportunity to get ‘real’ feedback about your school and be inclusive. It’s the very beginning of building a culture where everyone is important and has important things to contribute.

This activity helps to:

  • strengthen tamariki-whānau relationships,
  • strengthen the relationship between school and whānau (which can help to support the effective prevention and reduction of bullying behaviours)
  • inspire tamariki by learning about what their whānau really care about and wish for them.

Tikanga tips

Some of the responses that come back from whānau members may reflect their own difficult or unhappy experiences of school, possibly resulting in indifference about education or even negative perceptions of schooling. Approach this learning opportunity with empathy and compassion. We recommend that if these kinds of responses come back, that you facilitate a conversation about where these feelings may come from and how things have changed or could change so that those experiences aren’t repeated for the current generation of ākonga/students.


Say: We spend 1,152 hours every year at school- that’s the equivalent to nearly 15,000 hours by the time you graduate from high school!

For somewhere where we spend so much of our lives, it’s important that we not only make the best use of this time through learning, but also that we feel happy and safe during our time here.

The the team at Pink Shirt Day think that building a ‘culture of kindness’ is one of the best ways to help us all to feel happy and safe at school.


  • What things make up the culture of the school?
  • Who is responsible for creating the culture of our school?
  • Can the culture of our school change over time? If so, how does this happen?

Now explain that we’re going to go on an imaginary trip into the future. We’ll visit our school in twenty years’ time to see how things have changed after a Pink Shirt Day-inspired ‘culture of kindness’ policy has been created by all the students (that’s you!) and their whānau.

What to do

Hand out worksheets for students to fill in, either individually or in small groups.

Regroup as a class to share and compare notes about what the trip to the future was like.

  • What were the teachers like?
  • How did they talk to tamariki?
  • How did tamariki interact with each other?
  • What other things made the school culture really kind?

Jot down the key ideas that come up, and then brainstorm what things might need to happen now for this dream future to be realised.

Explore how these themes could be incorporated into a new school policy around:

  • Bullying Prevention
  • The School Mission
  • School Values

Each class can then submit to the principal their own summary kawa, which can then contribute to new school policies.

For help with building new policy, check out Bullying Free NZ or Work Safe for templates. You can also check out the Pink Shirt Day website for extra tools (such as blurbs for your school newsletter) to support putting your new policy into practice!

What next?

  • Staff might like to do a similar activity, considering what things they wish for themselves and their students to experience as part of school culture
  • Celebrate the establishment of your tamariki-led policies.

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