We have created two different versions of this activity. In this activity (Culture of Kindness), students take home a worksheet and interview a whānau member about their own experiences of school, and what their hopes are for their child’s experience of school and education. We recommend this option as it enables the school to truly engage with the community in a co-design process. It also provides a deeper learning experience for tamariki. However, if this activity won't work for your setting, check out the in-class option - Journey to the Future. This in-class option can also be done as a precursor to this one.
We spend about 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 learn (after all, that's why we're here), but we also feel happy and safe during all this time.
- What would help to make a school a happy and safe place for everyone?
- What things might get in the way of students, staff or whānau feeling safe and happy at school?
Think about what school might have been like for your parents or grown-up whānau.
- What things are still similar and what things have changed?
- How do you think your whānau members’ own experiences of school might impact the way they feel about you being at school?
Often our parents, caregivers, or members of our whānau have real hopes and dreams for us at school.
- What do you think your whānau want you to get out of your school days and education?
Sometimes we don’t really know, and sometimes it’s all they talk about!
What else do you think influences what they want for you? Some ideas might be:
- Things they didn’t get to do while they were at school
- Things they think you’re really good at
- Whānau think education is REALLY important
- Whānau think school is a waste of time
- They want you to have the best future possible
It would be great if tonight you could ask some of your whānau about their own experiences of school, and also what their hopes are for you and your schooling.
Why do you think we want to know about this?
- So we can understand why they have some of their goals for us
- So we can talk about the differences between our school experiences
- So we can look to include what they want in our school
- In order to work out how we can best keep whānau in touch and involved in our school as part of our school community.