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Journey to the Future

Co-Design: A tamariki led approach to creating a culture of kindness.
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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 types of responses come back, that you facilitate a conversation with tamariki 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.

Kōrero

Say:

We spend 1,152 hours every year at school- that’s the equivalent to nearly 15,000 hours by the time you complete all our primary and high schooling!

For somewhere where we spend so much of our lives, it’s important that we are learning cool things, but also that we feel happy and safe.

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

Ask:

  • 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 the Journey to the Future worksheets for students to complete either individually or in small groups.

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

In 20 years time:

  • What are the teachers like?
  • How do they talk to tamariki?
  • How do tamariki interact with each other?
  • What other things make the school culture really kind?

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

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 their own summary kawa to your principal in order that new school policies adopt and change to recognise the important future tamariki want for the school.

For help building a 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 would like for themselves and their students to experience as part of school culture
  • Celebrate the establishment of your tamariki-led policies.

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